GOSHEN – Goshen won a Southern Buckeye Conference shootout 48-28 over Wilmington Friday at Jim Brown Stadium.
Wilmington (3-4, 0-2) had the ball down 27-21 at the Goshen 36 with 3:14 left in the third quarter when it fumbled trying to push the pile forward to gain the final yard needed to convert a fourth down.
The Hurricane looked as if it had held the Warriors (5-2, 2-0) on the following drive, but on 3rd-and-20 after an intentional grounding penalty, Goshen quarterback Jack Webster found Trevor Dato for a 58-yard touchdown pass.
Two failed Wilmington drives later, Adam Slusher scored his third and final touchdown of the evening, a 36-yard blast up the middle that punctuated a 299-yard rushing performance.
The Hurricane scored a drive later to pull within two touchdowns, but a Webster scamper around end with 1:23 left in the contest sealed the deal for the Warriors.
Goshen scored on its first drive of the game but the extra point failed and Wilmington answered to lead 7-6 after a quarter.
Both sides had plenty of opportunities to score before the intermission but failed to capitalize on each other’s mistakes. Wilmington failed at a fake punt at the Goshen 44 and threw an interception. Goshen fumbled back to Wilmington after the pick.
Goshen finally broke through in the last minute of the half with Slusher’s first score of the evening, which he set up a play earlier with a 29-yard reception. Victor Hill had a 44-yard run before that.
The Warriors scored on their first drive of the second half, Slusher’s second TD of the night. A 42-yard kickoff return and a Slusher 20-yard run earlier in the drive aided the march.
The first four possessions of the second half ended in touchdowns.
The first stop came in the first minute of the final quarter when Wilmington broke up a Goshen pass in the end zone.
The Hurricane had a chance to retake the lead after that, but that was the drive that resulted in the fumble at the Goshen 36.
Goshen will travel to Clinton-Massie next week for a battle of league unbeatens.
Wilmington will host Batavia for Senior Night.
WHS – 7 0 14 7 – 28
GHS – 6 7 14 21 – 48
GHS – H. Slusher (Kick failed), 7:15.
WHS – Mayer 1 run (Henry kick), 2:30.
GHS – A. Slusher 11 run (Newberry kick), :37.
GHS – A. Slusher 5 run (Newberry kick), 9:21.
WHS – Mayer 42 pass from Evans (Henry kick), 7:44.
GHS – Hill 13 run (Newberry kick), 5:08.
WHS – Evans 2 run (Henry kick), 3:14.
GHS – Dato 58 pass from Webster (Newberry kick), 7:23.
GHS – A. Slusher 36 run (Newberry kick), 5:19.
WHS – McIntosh 39 pass from Evans (Henry kick), 4:09.
GHS – Webster 29 run (Newberry kick), 1:23.
RUSHING – Wilmington Mayer 18-50, Evans 10-37, Morris 2-6, McIntosh 2-(-2), Total 32-91. Goshen A. Slusher 24-299, Hill 16-74, Webster 7-71, H. Slusher 4-30, Total 51-474.
PASSING – Wilmington Evans 24-44-2 323. Goshen Webster 4-9 100.
RECEIVING – Wilmington McIntosh 16-216, Coomer 5-58, Mayer 1-42, Camp 1-6, Mitchell 1-1. Goshen Dato 2-68, A. Slusher 1-29, H. Slusher 1-3.
- Mason McIntosh (9) looks for running room Friday night against Goshen. McIntosh finished with 16 receptions for 216 yards for the Hurricane.
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01.