ONAWA - Mark Cronin hauled in a John Forristal pass in the second quarter and rambled 63 yards to paydirt to lead the Galva-Holstein Pirates to an exciting 6-0 season-ending victory over West Monona here Friday night.
The game's only score, that big TD pass play was all the Pirates needed as their defense rose time and again to shut down the Spartans' rushing and passing ofense.
G-H limited West Monona to 194 yards rushing on 20 carries, and a 4-10 passing efficiency while keeping the hosts out of the end zone.
G-H rushed 30 times for a scant 88 yards against an imposing Spartan line. Pirate quarterback Forristal completed 5-9 passes, with two to Adam Parker for 25 yards, one to Patrick McAreavy for 31 yards, one to Tanner Gebers for six yards, and the 63-yard beauty to Cronin.
Gebers led the G-H rushers with 14 hauls for 37 yards, while Parker carried it eight times for 31 yards, and Sam Radke six for 20 yards. Radke also had a key interception at the end of the second quarter on a fake field goal attempt to keep the Spartans from scoring.
West Monona rang up 11 first downs to just six by the victorious Pirates.
Leading tacklers for Galva-Holstein were Gebers with 14, Cronin 10, Ben Andresen eight, and Adam Dreeszen, Derek Hadden, and Radke four apiece.
"It was a very good football game," said G-H first-year coach Butch Faulkenberry. "West Monona was big and physical. They were able to take away our inside rushing game.
"John Forristal threw the ball well when we needed to and Mark Cronin had a big catch for the game's only score. Tanner Gebers had his best defensive game of the year with 11 unassisted tackles. Ben Andresen and Mark Cronin both had big games up front. Our defense played as good of a game as they have all year. Coach Winkler (assistant) did a nice job and the seniors went out in style."
The Pirates end their season with a solid 6-3 record.