Goembel, Grace get Rockets back on track
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0
SULLIVAN — Following a 48-7 loss to Maroa-Forsyth last week that Unity coach Scott Hamilton called “humiliating and humbling,” the Rockets bounced back in a big way.
Conner Grace ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns, and Taylor White guided the Unity offense in Justin Deters’ stead in a shutout victory.
“It was good to get back out there and kind of get momentum turned back around,” Hamilton said. “It was a long, humiliating, humbling week for us. I’m happy for our kids.”
Hamilton was especially pleased with receiver Darian Goembel.
“We got sparked by one of the kids we’ve been tough on all week — receiver Darian Goembel,” Hamilton said. “We need some of these other guys to make some plays. Tonight, he really stepped up for us.”
Goembel had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown to open the scoring and “a nice, diving catch on third down,” Hamilton said.
White, who alsUnity Whiteo played safety, ran for 100 yards.
“Him stepping in and handling the quarterback role and getting our offense going was a big key for us.”
The next two weeks will be key for the Rockets, who face St. Teresa and Monticello.
“We realize this being the last run for the Okaw, we want to see if we can go out with another conference championship, and tonight was a start for that,” Hamilton said.
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TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Monticello 1 0 4 1
Unity 1 0 4 1
St. Teresa 1 0 3 2
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0 1 2 3
Clinton 0 1 1 4
Shelbyville 0 1 1 4
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Clinton at Shelbyville
St. Teresa at Unity
Sullivan-Okaw Valleya at Monticelo