By BRETT MARSHALL
When Goodland's Cowboys came to Holcomb on Friday night for a Great West Activities Conference matchup, Holcomb football coach Jerry Johnson was worried about a letdown following his team's hard-fough 21-7 loss to Scott City a week earlier.
In spite of some lethargic play on offense, the Longhorns played well enough on defense and at times on offense to produce a 28-0 victory over the Cowboys at Holcomb High Stadium.
"We were a bit sluggish and came out flat in the first half," Johnson said after the game. "I expected a little of that after the Scott City game, but we couldn't get into any rhythm in the first half."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Longhorns got on the board in the second when junior Heath Tucker raced 50 yards for the game's first score and his conversion kick made it 7-0 with 9:36 left. Tucker caught a 10-yard TD pass from Tyler LaSalle with 22 seconds left before halftime and Tucker's PAT made it 14-0 at the break.
"We would look good for two or three plays and then we'd look bad," Johnson said of the first half performance. "There wasn't a whole lot of consistency and that's what we've been striving for."
LaSalle added a pair of short touchdown runs in the second half, scoring from 1 yard out midway through the third quarter and then on a 2-yard plunge halfway through the final period.
"I thought we came back in the second half and despite scoring the same amount of points, we were a lot better," Johnson said. "I was a lot happier with the second half. There were mental mistakes in the first half and we weren't executing well. I think the kids weren't satisfied with the way they played, so I know we'll come back out on Monday and work hard."
LaSalle had another solid output, finishing with 143 rushing yards on 24 carries and completed 14-of-23 passes for 162 yards and the one TD to Tucker, who had eight receptions for 82 yards and 61 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Aaron Hernandez also had 61 yards rushing for the 'Horns on 11 carries.
Now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the GWAC, the Longhorns hit the road for three consecutive weeks, Starting with a trip to Colby on Friday. Goodland falls to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the GWAC.
"That's the key, getting the win and doing what you need to do," Johnson said. "I thought out defense played really well. I'm happy about that. We'll just re-focus once again."
Goodland 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Holcomb 0 14 7 7 -- 28
H--Tucker 50 run (Tucker kick)
H--Tucker 10 pass from LaSalle (Tucker kick)
H--LaSalle 1 run (Tucker kick)
H--LaSalle 2 run (Tucker kick)