Last quarter rally nearly ends in Goat win

By Putt Riddle, Special to the Journal

The Groesbeck Goats had a rally in the fourth quarter of their game against West at the Trojans stadium that came ever so close to being one of the greatest comebacks in any school’s football history. The game was played on Friday, October 20. When Trojan quarterback Nathan Gerik connected with Romeo Hernandez on a 67 yard touchdown pass play that put the home team up 21-6 with 9:33 left to play, it almost seemed like that was the coup de grace for the Trojans in this key 9AAA district game.

As Groesbeck head coach Steve Hale said though, “I was proud of our heart.” And he had great reason to feel that way as the Goats rallied for 13 points in the next eight minutes and 14 seconds to trail only by two points 21-19. It was their heart and their physical play that made the Goats come back from so far to have the chance to grab the win .Unfortunately, one final one side kick was recovered by West and the clock ran out on the Goats with a  21-19 loss

As an example of their physical play, the Goats ran 75 plays to 52 for the Trojans. And despite the fact that West managed to sack Goat quarterback Ty Hale five times for 50 yards in losses, he kept coming back and keeping the Goats in the mix, particularly in that final frantic eight minutes when he got sacked four of those times.  As Coach Hale said of Ty, “He showed a lot of poise out there despite taking the hits.”

The game began with Groesbeck getting an early lead after kicking off to West. Gerik went back to pass and Nick Mosley stripped him of the ball about the West 30 yard line. Landen Frazier picked up on the bounce and scooted the 30 yards for a goat touchdown  with 9:53 on the clock. Dylan Rand missed on the extra point kick. Groesbeck had the 6-0 lead.

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