Gossen helps Edna to big win
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VANDERBILT - Nobody had given up more rushing yards in District 14-2A than Edna headed into Friday night's slate of games.
However, it was the Cowboys who ran all over Industrial in a 53-20 victory at Cobra Field.
"The line was blocking really good and it just hit the holes," senior Dominique Gossen said after the game. "I thought we'd have a good game, but nothing like this."
Edna gained 347 rushing yards, with Gossen running for 174 of those yards. He also scored four touchdowns, including a 78-yard run in the first quarter in which Gossen outran a pair of Industrial defenders to the end zone.
"I just saw green grass and never stopped running," Gossen said about his long touchdown run.
The Cowboys (5-2, 2-0) had racked up 210 rushing yards in the first half alone, while Industrial (2-5, 0-2) had just 62.
"I felt our offensive line could open up some holes for us," Edna head coach Mike Pierce said. "What helped out was our passing game because it opened up the running game. It really clicked for us."
"Our kids played hard and got after it," Industrial head coach Shane Lothman said. "We were missing two starters (at linebacker and defensive line) and we put in two guys who didn't have much experience. It's tough."
The defense for Edna was able to keep the Cobras' rushing attack at bay for most of the night, holding them to just 105 yards on the ground.
Despite not being able to move the ball much on the ground, Industrial did find some success through the air, which led to their first score of the night when Jay Rubio found A.J. Rosas on a 27 yard completion. Rubio finished the night with 11 completions for 143 yards.
Earlier, Gossen gave the fans an indication of what to expect with a 10 yard run on Edna's first possession of the game.
With a one-point lead late in the first quarter, Quinton Kubenka scored on a 30-yard jet-sweep run to the left side that propelled the Cowboys into a dominating performace.
After Kubenka's run and Gossen's 78-yard run, Edna led 19-6. Cantu hit Kubenka on a bubble pass two possessions later for a 23 yard score.
Cantu, making his third start at quarterback this season, found the end zone plenty of times as he racked up 187 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. He'd score twice on the ground, once on a 46-yard scramble and again on a three yard keeper late in the fourth quarter.
"They have speed all over the field. There's not one position where they don't have speed," Lothman said. "They're a very athletic team."
Industrial's Will Knopp cut into Edna's lead with 3:25 left in the first half when he bullied his way into the end zone from five yards out. However, the 26-14 score lasted just four plays before Gossen scored his third touchdown of the night to give the Cowboys a 33-14 lead.
Industrial started the second half on the right foot when the Cobras drove 58 yards on 10 plays, capping it off with a 3 yard run by Knopp.
"Offense did a great job," Lothman said. "I'm proud of everybody. I know it didn't show on the scoreboard, but our kids played hard and I'm proud of them."
However, the Cobras' defense couldn't put the brakes on Gossen, who countered Knopp's run with a 10 yard run that saw the senior Cowboy break free of a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
"Dominique has good games the past two weeks," Pierce said. "He practiced well and has stepped up, but you have to give tribute to the offensive line."
Cantu capped off the scoring for the night with a run of 46 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter and three yards with less than a minute left in the game.
"We just have to stay focused and take it one game at a time," Pierce said.