STEPHENVILLE — The Goldthwaite Eagles pulled off some unique feats Friday night while being bounced from the playoffs.
Goldthwaite allowed 39 points to a team that finished with only 218 total offensive yards, and the Eagles lost by 24 points despite outgaining their opponent 306-218.
The Windthorst Trojans beat Goldthwaite, 39-15, in a Class A, Division II Region II semifinal game at soggy Memorial Stadium. Windthorst (6-6), which entered the playoffs on a three-game losing skid and made the postseason after surviving a three-way tie in District 9-A, advanced to next week’s state quarterfinals round against the winner of tonight’s game between No. 2 Roscoe and No. 4 Munday.
The loss denied the Eagles (9-3), who had upset No. 9 Albany last week, a fourth consecutive 10-win season.
The culprit for Goldthwaite was kicking game miscues. Windthorst’s Brian Hoff, who beat the Eagles last year in this round with a last-second field goal, returned the second-half kickoff 92 yards to give the Trojans the lead for good at 15-8. Hoff’s return started a 21-point third quarter for Windthorst after the first half ended tied 8-8.
A muffed punt and a fumbled kickoff by Goldthwaite set up Windthorst touchdown drives of 22 and 18 yards.
Wes Wolf’s fumble recovery on a kickoff gave Windthorst the ball at the Eagles’ 22-yard line with 4:31 left in the third quarter. Charles Wolf’s 2-yard scoring run gave the Trojans a 29-8 lead with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
The Trojans had to drive only 18 yards for their touchdown after a punt hit an Eagles blocker in the leg and Windthorst recovered. A hook-and-lateral play from Hoegger to Josh McCoy to Hoff converted a fourth-and-11. Then, John Adam Berend’s 5-yard touchdown run, followed by his two-point conversion run after Goldthwaite was off-sides on the first extra-point attempt, gave Windthorst an 8-0 lead with 7:52 left in the first quarter.
Pablo Solorio, who finished with 86 yards on eight carries, added two touchdowns for the Trojans on runs of 54 and 3 yards. Hoff added a 30-yard field goal for Windthorst’s final score.
Goldthwaite also hurt itself with 92 yards on 11 penalties. Nullified by the flags were a 67-yard touchdown pass from Walt Clifton to Trey Horton and a48-yard run by Clifton to the Trojans’ 7.
The Eagles scored in the first half on Walt Clifton’s 51-yard run straight up the middle of the Trojans’ defense. Wade Clifton’s two-point conversion run tied the score at 8-8 with 5:14 left before halftime.
Goldthwaite opened the game on its 2 after muffing the kickoff and trying to run it out of the end zone. The Eagles kept the ball for the opening 20 plays and 9:55, twice converting on fourth down. On the third fourth-down attempt from the Trojans’ 5, Baker missed a 22-yard field goal attempt. The 93-yard drive failed to produce any points.