Lee Goodson was on his way to what could’ve been a game-opening, 75-yard kickoff return for Oakdale against Frederick on Friday in the Bears’ home opener, but he got tripped up by a Cadets pursuer at the Frederick 5-yard line.
“Yeah, I was a little disappointed,” Goodson said.
His disappointment didn’t last very long. Goodson’s big return to start the contest gave the defending Class 2A state-champion Bears (2-0) all the momentum they needed for a 49-7 win.
Less than a minute after Goodson’s kickoff return, Garrett Witt scored from 5 yards out. Oakdale never looked back.
“It was beautiful,” Goodson said of his return. “I had a big hole to run through and return the ball. My blockers did a great job up front.”
While he was denied that game-opening score, Goodson still got his touchdown, catching a 12-yard pass from quarterback Ethan Reifer with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half. He also picked off a Kisaye Barnes pass late in the first half.
“I thought we had a real good plan on our kickoff return,” Oakdale coach Kurt Stein said. “Lee’s our speedster. There’s no secret about that. He was in good position to catch it. We had a kickout block there on the return, he got a little seam there and just took off. It was a great play.”
Two minutes after Witt’s touchdown in the first quarter, Oakdale’s Dylan Berney scored on a 5-yard run. Witt scored his second TD of the game at the 7:26 mark on a 1-yard run.
Oakdale led 21-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at the half. The entire second half of was played with a running clock.
The Bears stuck mainly with their running game, rolling up 206 yards against Frederick’s 147. Witt and Berney each had two touchdowns. Berney’s second score came on a 9-yard run with 8:55 to go in the first half.
With such a big lead so early in the game, Stein gave his starters a rest in the first half. He moved Witt into the quarterback slot for the second half. Sophomores Orion Popofsky and Andrew Hodges did most of the running in the second half. Hodges also had an interception.
Michael Goss scored on a 13-yard run with 7:40 to go in the half. Sophomore running back Brayden Kuhn scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“Our guys were young, obviously, and we showed it a little bit last week,” Stein said. “But I thought tonight the guys had much better composure, especially in the first quarter. I think our guys are settling in a little bit, they’re getting a little bit more comfortable.”
Zack Werner converted all six of his extra-point kicks for Oakdale. Brandon Roberts also had an extra-point kick for the Bears. Oakdale recovered two Frederick fumbles.
Barnes scored Frederick’s touchdown on a 78-yard run in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries. Owen Jones kicked one extra point.
“Kisaye did everything he could, just like most of the guys,” Frederick coach Kevin Pirri said. “But we had a lot of mental mistakes, a lot of small mistakes, some coaching mistakes here and there. Our kids finished with as much heart as they could have.”