GODDARD — It didn’t take long for Goddard quarterback Blake Sullivan to deflect any praise coming his way after rushing for three touchdowns in a 29-6 win over visiting Valley Center on Friday night.
He had plenty of people to share it with.
“I give credit to my offensive linemen and the players I have around me,” Sullivan said. “I loved getting this win tonight. The crowd was going crazy and our sideline was full of excitement. It was a huge win for us, and gives us confidence.”
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Sullivan did it through the air and on the ground, rushing for 125 yards on 20 carries to go with 141 passing yards.
When Sullivan and his offense were not on the field, their defense stepped up over and over again — all of Valley Center’s points came on a pair of field goals from Aaron Coash. That went with three stops on fourth down and two interceptions by Goddard from Kyle Young and Luke Vang. Both picks came inside the Goddard 20-yard line.
“Our kids played really hard tonight,” Goddard coach Scott Vang said. “Our guys played their tails off, and it was a good win for us.”
Goddard had zero turnovers after turning the ball over five times in a 27-24 loss to Salina South last week.
“We’ve had a turnover in every game this year,” Vang said. “We played really well, we felt like we played three of the toughest schools we we’re going to play out of the box and we were in each of those games. We’ve just gotta keep grinding and do it again next week.”
Sullivan scored on a 4-yard run and a 30-yard run in the first half, and started the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 53-yard touchdown run.
“It felt good to have both our offense and defense click tonight,” Sullivan said. “We have to keep it going in order to be successful, and we’re going in the right direction now.”
G—Sullivan 4 run (kick failed)
G—Sullivan 30 run (Sullivan run)
V—Coash 25 FG
G—Sullivan 53 run (Driskill run)
G—Williams 37 run (Perkins kick)
V—Coash 33 FG
Rushing—Valley Center, Hurtt 12-57, Lange 16-22, Roeser 7-6, Rains 1-3, Cross 2-2, Coultis 4-(-2). Goddard, Sullivan 20-125, Gonzalez 11-46, Williams 7-40.
Passing—Valley Center, Lange 4-14-126-0-2, Roeser, 1-5-0-0. Goddard, Sullivan 10-19-141-0-0.
Receiving—Valley Center, Terwilliger 1-52, Pearson 2-47, Cross 1-22, Skaff 1-5. Goddard, Cooke 5-41, L. Vang 3-42, Young 1-38, Cooke 5-41, T. Vang 1-20.