Goessel football head coach Garrett Hiebert, entering his 10th year overall as a coach and 9th as Bluebirds head coach, is optimistic about his team this season.
“In the past couple of years, we have had many young players gain important Friday night experience,” said Hibert. “We have gotten to the point where we have ten plus kids returning who have already been on the field for meaningful varsity snaps.”
The 8-Man I football team welcomes back four seniors who balance out the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Luke Wiens, 5’8″ 170 lbs, returns as the teams starting quarterback and linebacker. Joining him at skills positions is Kale Funk and six foot tight end Nate Zogleman. The duo will patrol the secondary together this season.
Eddie Gaeddert, 6’2″ 190 lbs, is the lone senior on the front lines for the Goessel football team. Juniors Caiden Duerksen, Logan Sterk, and Dylan Riley round out the trenches for the Bluebirds.
Last year the Goessel football team defense shut out opponents three times. They surrendered an average of 24 points per game. Offensively, the Bluebirds averaged close to 35 points per game.
“It will be important for our junior and senior classes to provide leadership and maturity to mentor our large group of freshmen and newcomers,” said Hiebert. “We must continue to grow and develop positive leaders each year.”
Goessel competes in the western side of the 8-Man I districts, but it’s Eastern Kansas Wheat State League will be an early litmus test for the Bluebirds.
Goessel opens the season at home against defending state champion Canton-Galva. The Bluebirds football team travels to Wheat State League Rivals Herington and Little River the following two weeks.