Glen Este, Goshen, Bethel-Tate, and New Richmond were the county’s winners in last Friday’s varsity football games.
Glen Este (2-0) overcame visiting Lakota East 20-13 leading 7-0 and 13-7 at the first two stops and the score was knotted at 13-all going into the final stanza. Kyle Slater scored twice for GE on runs of six and 10 yards and Matt Winegardner tallied the winner on a seven-yard pass from Andrew Keller. Patrick Harder kicked two extra.
“It was a good team win,” said Zac Taylor, GE head coach. “It was a good defensive game.”
Defensive backs Cory Slater and Sam Olberding intercepted passes and Adam Chambers recovered one of three fumbles by the enemy. Taylor also praised the play of linebacker Tyler Duncanson. Donnie Talbott was the offensive leader with 30 carries for 140 yards. Taylor also mentioned the stellar play of Kyle Slater.
“They’re 2-0 and have great quickness,” said Taylor of Friday’s foe, McNicholas. “We’ll need to play well to win.”
Goshen (2-0) defeated East Clinton 27-12. The Warriors led the visiting 2005 state qualifiers at each halt 6-0, 21-0, and 27-0. Christian Hubbard scored for Goshen on a three-yard run, Nick Napier on a 15-yard run, Tanner Hall on a 19-yard toss from Billy Whitacre, and Shawn Larkin on a 10-yard run. Seth Burns ran for two extras and Ryan Reese kicked one.
“I’m pretty happy. Defensively we saw some improvement, especially our tackling,” said Goshen head coach Mark Slagle. “We are going to have to stop putting the ball on the ground (two lost fumbles). We have to finish these drives when we control the ball well.” The dominating offensive line was left tackle Randy Gulley, left guard Jake Rose, center Nick Weitlauf, right guard Ryan Giltz, right tackle Ben Dulle, and tight end Hall. On defense Slagle lauded linebackers Greg Brusman and Jeff Miller, corner Kyle Toles, and end Josh Hetz.
New Richmond is the next opponent. “Whenever these two teams get together in anything you can throw the records out. It’s always tough. They have talented kids and are well-coached,” Slagle concluded.
Bethel-Tate (1-1) downed a determined Williamsburg (0-2) team 14-6 at ‘Burg. The Tigers led 8-0 at the half. Cory Roberts and Ryan Jones scored for the winners on runs of two and 70 yards, respectively. Sean Adams, Tim Smith, and Jared West recorded a safety. Daniel Sweet scored for the Wildcats on a 30-yard pass play from Cody Watson.
“We played hard. We hustled,” said Bethel head coach Adam Szabo. “For the first time since I’ve been here they had fun playing