G-H, now 7-1 this season with a home game against 2-6 West Monona to end regular season play next Friday, raced to a 43-0 halftime lead to win going away against a youthful, out-manned Wolverine club.
The Pirates' Aaron Drury led the winners and their trusty double wing offense with 14 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow running back Bryce Dean rushed eight times for 52 yards and a TD, and running back Tanner Gebers carried it six times for 55 yards and a TD. In addition, senior quarterback Elijah Miller was 1-6 passing for 40 yards and one TD, and also rushed for a one-yard TD in the fourth.
The stout G-H defense shut down the River Valley running game, with Tyler Clark leading the Wolverines with five carries for 29 yards before dislocating his wrist with a little over four minutes left in the first half and taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Ethan Byers rushed 10 times for 18 yards, and RV quarterback Zach Hullinger, just a sophomore, completed 2-9 passes for four yards and one interception against the opportunistic Pirate defense.
The continuous clock in the second half limited G-H to one lone TD in the fourth on Miller's one-yard run.
Andy Paulsen led the RV boys on defense with 11 tackles, while Matthew Lundt had seven, J.R. Joy five, and Ross Baldwin five.
The Pirates tallied 11 first downs and RV just three.
"They whupped us up and down the field," said first-year RV coach Kent Bass. "They have a quality team and it shows us we have a ways to go to play championship football like Galva-Holstein. We'll keep playing and keep plugging and try to improve. We were just out-manned tonight. They're a better football team."
The 1-7 Wolverines play at 2-6 Kingsley-Pierson Friday to end regular season play.