Goshen falls in battle between warring tribesmen in state football playoffs

November 19th, 2009    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

A very disappointing 28-7 loss to the Springfield Shawnee Braves brought a conclusion to what had otherwise been a most successful varsity football season for Goshen’s Warriors.

The Red and Gray, who finished with a very respectable overall slate of 8-3, lost the Division III state football playoff game at Jim Brown Stadium, Goshen.

The hometown fans never had a chance to get into the game, trailing 14-0 with just two minutes gone in the game. The visitors were in control at each intermission 21-0, 21-0, and 28-0.

"We fumbled the first snap and then fumbled on the kickoff," said Nick Inabnitt, Goshen head coach. "They were a tough football team. We weren't able to stop them."

Goshen's touchdown was recorded in the final minutes of the game by junior running back Jamie Ashcraft on a 16-yard run and senior Josh Webb kicked the extra point.

"This team showed a lot of perseverance and character. This season was the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people," said Inabnitt.

Goshen concluded the 2009 varsity football campaign with winning the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championship.

"Our seniors will really be missed," said Inabnitt.

The Warriors were capably led by their talented seniors who were Matt Arnold (6-feet, 155-pounds) wide receiver, Dillon Blevins (5-11, 195) defensive end, Sam McAninch (6-0, 145) defensive back, Corey Slusher (5-11, 150) half back, Kenny Eichenhorst (6-1, 155) wide receiver, Tanner Schulte (6-1, 180) tight end and punter, Josh Webb (5-10, 160) nose guard, Ryan Spence (6-0, 160) defensive back, Tony Thompson (5-9, 160) half back, Dustin Lacey (5-10, 235) tight end, David Prewitt (5-10, 220) middle linebacker, Daniel Carpintero (5-8, 160) guard, Charles Murphy (6-3, 255) offensive tackle, Nick Criddle (6-0, 250) guard, Charles Bilby (5-9, 210) guard, Sean Mott (5-10, 200) center, Dylan Elmore (5-9, 175) guard, and John Asher (5-10, 180) defensive end.

The remainder of the Red and Gray's roster included Alex Owens (6-2, 170) junior quarterback, Jamie Ashcraft (5-9, 145) junior half back and defensive back, Matt Taulbee (6-0, 160) junior defensive back, Dustin Engel (5-9, 175) sophomore half back, Taylor Day (6-1, 150) sophomore quarterback, Brent Steele (6-0, 150) junior defensive back, Stevie Morris (5-3, 150) freshman kicker, Colin Radar (5-10, 170) junior wide receiver, Dillon Owens (6-0, 190) sophomore defensive tackle, Mike Winterberger (5-9, 150) sophomore defensive end, Jake Allen (6-2, 170) junior defensive back, Travis Hines (5-8, 150) junior half back, Marcus Casey (5-10, 195) freshman half back, Josh Jewett (5-9, 190) sophomore guard, Brandon Owens (5-11, 175) junior linebacker, Gary Parriman (6-0, 180) junior tight end, TJ McQueen (6-1, 185) junior defensive end, Mark Shaw (6-0, 190) junior offensive lineman, Sam Meece (5-11, 170) sophomore linebacker, Taylor Rahm (6-1, 205) junior inside linebacker, Chad Wallz (6-0, 220) junior offensive tackle, Mike Brusman (5-10, 260) junior nose guard, Zane Ellis (5-9, 205) sophomore center, Zach Johnson (6-0, 220) junior offensive tackle, Elias Luttrell (6-2, 240) junior offensive tackle, Matt Cales (5-11, 250) sophomore guard, Greg Burress (5-10, 220) sophomore guard, Jacob Garrett (6-2, 245) junior offensive tackle, Austin Arnold (6-3, 195) junior defensive end, Austin Frambes (5-10, 200) sophomore offensive tackle, Scott Shoopman (5-9, 185) sophomore defensive tackle, Tony Byrd (6-0, 240) junior defensive tackle, and TJ Settles (6-0, 265) junior defensive tackle.

Statistically, Ashcraft was the Red and Gray's leader with 1,525 total yards (1,425 rushing), Prewitt had 927 (all rushing), Casey 671 and Owens 605.

Ashcraft was the scoring leader with 96 points and Prewitt had 66.

Passing-wise, Owens led his teammates making 61 attempts and completed 36 for a total of 499 yards.

Matt Arnold caught 14 aerials for 228 yards and Ashcraft 10 for 154.

McAninch averaged 18.6 yards per kickoff return, Ashcraft 16.6, Settles 16.0, and Casey 14. McAninch and Ashcraft both averaged 15.0 yards per punt return.

Allen, Thompson, and Ashcraft each had two pass interceptions and McAninch, Spence and Matt Arnold one. McAninch had two fumble recoveries and Prewitt, Thompson, Ashcraft, Steele, Winterberger, Austin Arnold, and Settles recovered one apiece.
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