8/24 7:00 H
Week #9 vs.Biggsville
Wildcats End Season on the Upside
Galva - In what could be the most unique game in the state to finish off the regular season, the Wildcats of Galva hosted the Yankees of Biggsville for a non-conference matchup, but only a few hundred people would show up for the game.
Galva may have had a successful season if you were to look at their defensive stats. The Wildcats have only allowed an average of 15 points a game, if you take out the 41-8 trouncing byToulon (Stark County)(8-1). They played 2001 1A Champs Kewanee (Wethersfield) (8-1) close for a half before loosing 22-8. And their last two losses were by 3 points in each game.
So one may wonder if Galva is the best dark horse candidate this year in the 1A playoffs? The answer how ever would be no. Not because with we don't believe their defense couldn't pull an upset, but the IHSA has a strict rule about the won-loss record of teams entering the playoffs and before Friday night Galva was winless.
In the IHSFW.com's game of the week the Yankees & Wildcats stepped out onto a damp field with a foggy mist rolling in from the Mississippi river valley. The weather was eerily reminiscent of last years Friday night semi finals and as the players from both teams walked out onto the field you could hear the ghosts of football pasts, as their figures drifted by in the mist as both of these teams prepared to combat and put that mark in their win column to prove there was a reason why their school still had a football program.
As the game progressed it looked like it would be the battle of the beatens it was meant to be. Galva gambled with squib kicks as it bet on it's defense and both teams exchanged punts throughout most of the first quarter.
Junior running back Jared Wexell would put the first six on the board with a 39 yard run with 5:22 in the first. Alec Rabas would have his first of 2 interceptions as the Galva stood strong at the end of the first, but led by only 6.
Wexell would score twice more in the half as he busted out for 58 & 17 yard runs. AJ Mertz & Justin Bates would each score on rushes from inside the redzone, butting Galva up 33-0 at the half.
The Wildcats capped off their scoring as Wexell tore off down the field on a 67 & 69 yard touch down runs. Coach Chad Bahnks would call a time out midway through the 4th and allow his seniors to line up and take a bow as they walked off the field for the last time.
Wexell would finished with over 300 yards in the game and the Wildcats would get their first & only win.
By Vincent Johnson
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