• Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    Ameer Lee (5) crosses the goal line with an escort from Nick Mosley (8) at the end of an 85-yard punt return in a 50-0 homecoming win over Palestine Westwood last Friday.
  • Photo by Angela Crane/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    The Goats Brandyn Canady churns up the field during Groesbeck’s huge 50-0 win over the Palestine Westwood Panthers last Friday night, during homecoming.
  • Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    Grant Johnson out wrestles a Palestine Westwood defender for his first touchdown catch of the season in a 50-0 Homecoming win last Friday.
  • Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    Nick Mosley scores a defensive touchdown last Friday against Palestine Westwood on a scoop and score fumble return in Groesbeck's 50-0 homecoming win.
  • Photo by Angela Crane/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    Goat running back Stanzley Gibson sees daylight after getting a nice block from his offensive lineman during Groesbeck’s homecoming win last Friday night over Palestine Westwood.
  • Photo by Angela Crane/Special to The Groesbeck Journal
    Groesbeck ball carrier Tyrique Carter (1) stares down a Panther defender during this run play last Friday night in the Goats 50-0 homecoming win over Palestine Westwood.

Special teams’ performance makes Goats Homecoming win special

By Putt Riddle, Special to the Journal

Friday the 13th wasn’t a good day for the visiting Palestine Westwood Panthers as the Groesbeck Goats beat them every which way possible before a very happy crowd of returning Groesbeck exes. The final score was 50-0. And what was a big catalyst was the show put on by the special teams as the Goats scored touchdowns on a punt return, fumble return and had one called back on an interception when a penalty wiped out the return. There was nearly another interception return for a touchdown by  Zach Wilson who was so far out in front of everyone else had he held on to the ball that a penalty against the Goats would have been very unlikely. The Goat offense and defense also stood out in this important 9-AAA encounter.

Coach Steve Hale had told the team before the game, “It’s very important that we play up to our level” The Goats didn’t disappoint him. He added, “All three phases of our team did well.  The big plays were special. It was a total team win.”

The Goats got on the scoreboard in the first quarter as Ameer Lee burst for a 67 yard run with 7:11 on the clock. It was a two play 72 yard drive. The drive followed what turned out to be typical the entire game. Westwood couldn’t move the ball on the Goats. The Panthers punted six times in the first half and once more in the second half, usually on three and out. The other times Westwood had possession, the Goats were recovering turnovers or causing turnovers. The Panthers barely moved the ball at all the entire game.

The second Goat score came after Stanzley Gibson recovered a fumble by Jamar Clewis at the Westwood 48 with 1:15 left in the first quarter. It took six plays and 1:24 off the clock for Groesbeck to cash in. Tyrique Carter hit Brayden Bradley with a 23 yard touchdown pass.

The Goats held Westwood to a three and out and Zac Morrow punted to Lee waiting on the Groesbeck 17 yard line to field the punt. He took it and headed right going all the way for a 83 yard punt return to score with 9:58 to go in the quarter.

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