Everyone knows what Ben Goodwin can do when he’s behind center. But Ferris’ senior quarterback made his biggest impact with his foot.
Goodwin’s 64-yard punt with less than 2 minutes remaining pinned Lewis and Clark back on its 12 yard line and preserved the Saxons 24-21 victory. Win by Ferris (7-1) assures the defending state champions a return to the 4A postseason.
“it was a battle of field position and in the end it just - I know it’s cliché – came down to who wanted it more,” said Goodwin of his massive boot.
Lewis and Clark (6-2) next plays Central Valley with a third playoff spot at stake.
There’s no love lost when the South Hill rivals play. Friday night’s Greater Spokane League football game was no exception
The hitting was fierce and ball carriers and felt the sting of multiple hats on them.
It resulted in big plays through the air that led to most of the scoring. Goodwin’s 61-yard pass to Kole Lemer set up the first score. LC countered with a 41-yard pass from Jeff Livingston to Brennan Schon that led to a 7-7 tie.
But it ultimately came down to turnovers that did in the Tigers. Ammar Johnson lost a fumble at his 13-yard line and Ferris capitalized for 14-7 halftime lead. LC tied then fell behind 24-14 on Clay Paull’s field goal that ultimately was the winner.
Sophomore defensive back Cole Karstetter, who missed the early part of the season with a broken arm, came up big. He knocked down a first-half Livingston pass and picked off the Tigers’ QB twice, his last also staving off LC’s last chance to winy.
“No. 1 (Schon) was really fast,” he said. Laying back in coverage, “I watched Jeff when he threw it and went and got it.”
“We found a way to win in the end,” said coach Jim Sharkey, citing field position as a big part of it. “It’s always a physical battle when we play them.”