One of the last things a struggling team wants to do is give a winless team the opportunity to hang around.

Canton-Galva did just that Friday night, and Goessel took advantage to hold on for a 28-18 victory.

“We didn’t do things mentally like we should have,” C-G coach Darrin Fisher said. “When you have a lot of mental mistakes, it’s hard to win football games.”

Quarterback Trey Schmidt staked Goessel to a 14-0 halftime lead with 126 yards passing and two touchdowns. C-G had just 62 yards of total offense in the half, but came alive late in the third quarter.

“We showed some heart and determination and we started coming back and had a chance to win a football game at the end,” Fisher said. “Again, it was just costly mistakes.”

Austin Bullinger returned the second-half kickoff to the Goessel 36-yard line, but the Eagles gained nothing on four plays. The Bluebirds took over on downs and scored another touchdown for a 20-0 advantage with four minutes gone.

Bullinger outdid himself on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball to the Goessel 22-yard line. This time, the Eagles were able to take advantage of their field position.

Tyler Miller carried three straight times for a first-and-goal at the 9. Devon Stos picked up three yards and A.J. Medley carried twice, bulling over from the 1 for the score. Stos added the 2-pointer.

The Eagles forced Goessel to punt on its next possession. The ball rolled out of bounds at the 1-yard line with 2:54 left in the quarter. From there, Canton-Galva mounted an impressive 79-yard drive, overcoming two major penalties, and pulled themselves back in the game.

Miller and Medley plugged away on short runs while Stos ripped off gainers of 14, 20 and 22 yards, but it was his 1-yard plunge that produced the touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 20-16 with 8:36 left in the game.

C-G got the ball back at its 10 with nearly six minutes left. After Stos ripped one for 20 yards, the Eagles lost the ball on a fumble. C-G was called for a false start, but the officials didn’t stop play and Goessel declined the penalty to get the ball.

Three plays later, a Schmidt touchdown pass and a two-point conversion gave Goessel a 28-16 lead with 4:20 left.

C-G’s Cody Peavy tackled the quarterback in the end zone for a safety as time ran out.

Stos was the Eagles’ offense as he carried 27 times for 147 yards and one touchdown.

C-G fell to 2-6 on the year.