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G-H Pirates shut down MMC Eagles 27-0

Thursday, September 21, 2006

These Galva-Holstein returning lettermen are carrying much of the load this season for the 3-0 Pirates, rated fourth in Class 1A in the latest poll. Team lettermen are, front row, left to right, Adam Parker, Sam Radke, John Forristal, Justin Ridder. Middle, Adrian Tracy, Austin Todd, Tanner Gebers, Elijah Miller, Adam Dreeszen, Jamison Voss, Jesse Bremer, Kyle Yearous. Back, Bryce Dean, Sean Hurst, Aaron Drury, Daniel Borchers, Ben Andresen, Patrick McAreavy, John Lorenzen. Photo by Paul Struck.
HOLSTEIN - The fourth-ranked Class 1A Galva-Holstein Pirates scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to knock district rival Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on its heels and claim a 27-0 victory in a game shortened by thunderstorms here Friday.

Tanner Gebers tallied two touchdowns to pace the 3-0 Pirates on runs of 36 and 34 yards. G-H quarterback Elijah Miller took care of the other Pirate scores, firing TD passes to Bryce Dean from 18 yards and 34 yards.

G-H kicker Michael Bawdon added three PAT kicks to round out the scoring, his last PAt effort blocked by the Eagles.

The Pirates rushed 27 times for 228 yards, with Aaron Drury leading the way with 10 carries for 94 yards. Gebers rushed six times for 88 yards and two TDs, Miller five times for 24 yards, and Dean five times for 16 yards.

G-H stifled the MMC ground game, limiting the Eagles to just 31 yards gained on 23 hauls. MMC QB Tim Holmes was 3-8 passing for 37 yards and three interceptions. Dean, Ben Andresen, and Austin Todd had the picks for G-H.

Miller was 4-6 passing for 66 yards, two TDs and one interception.

Kyle Kohn paced MMC's rushing with seven carries for 20 yards. Kevin Leavitt had 11 catches for eight yards, and Mitch Erdman four for eight yards.

Kohn led the MMC defenese with seven tackles, followed by Nate Dammann, Leavitt, Holmes, and Tucker Petersen with six apiece.

"We missed some defensive assignments early that led to a couple big plays for G-H," said MMC coach Brian Williams. "That, combined with an early turnover, and it was 21-0 after just a few minutes of play. We settled down and played much better the rest of the way. That's an outstanding football team."

Todd led the Pirates on defense with nine tackles, while Andresen and Dean tallied five each, and Adam Dreeszen four.

"Defensively, we played very tough," said G-H coach Brad Knight. "Offensively, we need to take better care of the ball. In big games, turnovers and change of momentum can lead to getting beat.

"We have to improve our kick-off coverage team. We are not getting better. This may involve getting some different kids on the field."

The Pirates play at Westwood in Sloan Friday night, while MMC hosts the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers.

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