Special teams’ performance makes Goats Homecoming win special
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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