SIOUX CITY | Bob Goodvin is calling it an end to his high school football coaching career.
East’s nine-year head coach told his coaching staff about his decision last weekend. Tuesday, he told his players and they presented him with a signed football before Friday night’s game.
“I’ve been doing this 35 years,” said Goodvin following a 35-7 Class 4A District 1 defeat at Olsen Stadium which enabled sixth-ranked Johnston to claim the district title and accompanying state football playoff berth.
“I’ve just … had enough. I had 35 great years. I’ve got to know a lot of great people and worked with a lot of great people. I’ve been around a lot of great kids. I look back on my career with a lot of respect for everybody I’ve been around. It’s a good deal. I’ve had a good career. I love East High. I love the game of football and I kind of want to become a football fan.”
Goodvin said he also plans to watch his daughter Kylee Goodvin play her senior soccer season at Morningside College next fall. The 1979 East High graduate, who teaches psychology and American History at East, reached the 4A state playoffs in each of his first seven seasons and finished with a 48-40 record.
Goodvin had a stretch from 2010 to 2013 where his teams reached the second round of the 4A state playoffs. His team entered Friday night’s game having won three of four district games and a shot at the state playoffs.
East (4-5, 3-2 District 1) tied the game late in the first quarter. Quarterback Steve Siebersma (11-31-1, 178 yards passing) completed a 66-yard pass to Dylan Barber at Johnston’s 15-yard line on the first play of the drive.
Cal Killian blocked a pass intended for the Black Raiders’ Josh Nutt, but on the fifth play of the series, Barber (3 catches, 93 yards) had an 8-yard catch at the 3, where on the next play, Siebersma scored his sixth rushing touchdown of season to knot the game at 7-all.
Johnston (8-1, 5-0) controlled much of the clock in the second quarter, which began when Blake Murray’s 31-yard touchdown run snapped the tie. Siebersma’s top receiving target of the season, D.J. Drent (45 catches, 558 yards, 2 TD’s), had a 17-yard catch to his 46-yard line, but three incomplete passes later, the Dragons began a long march to extend their lead.
Jackson Stigers’ six-yard gain on a fake punt to East’s 47 continued the series which featured timely runs from quarterback Andrew Nord (17 rushes, 98 yards) and 5-11, 200-pound Brock Studer (17 rushes, 87 yards). Nord’s 12th touchdown pass of the season, a 13-yarder to 6-5, 225-pound Peyton Williams over the head of the Black Raiders’ Phillip Moon, concluded the 18-play, 74-yard drive and gave the district champs a 21-7 lead with 2:06 remaining until halftime.
“That’s a good football team,” said Goodvin. “They’re 8-1, they’re district champs. For 2 ½ quarters, I thought we competed pretty well with them. They’re going to win a playoff game, if not a couple. We didn’t give up the big play.
“Dylan Barber really caught the ball well and made yards after the catch. I think as the season progressed, Steve Siebersma’s quarterback play really improved. Our offensive line with Sam Hildahl, Corey Choyce, Lane Riffey, Parker Wolfe and Blake Budde, as the season progressed, got a lot better. And our defense played pretty well for the most part all year. We were a little undersized, but we competed hard.”
Kolby Gries nabbed his fifth interception of the season in the third quarter with East down 28-7. The Black Raiders also recorded five tackles for loss.
“This is the sixth year of district football,” said Goodvin. “We played for a district championship four times in the last six years in the last game of the year. In the old format, we might have made the playoffs. It is what it is.”