GALENA — The undefeated Galena Bulldogs faced their toughest test so far this season, against the winless Frontenac Raiders.
Coming into the match Galena Head Coach Beau Sarwinski said the Raiders were a better team than their record showed and it proved to be true.
Both teams struggled the first half with a see-saw battle over the middle of the field.
Galena had just five first downs the entire first half, Frontenac had just one.
The Bulldogs threatened on several occasions in the first half, but at one point between penalties and a sack had fourth and goal from the 31 yard line. At the end of the half the game was scoreless.
The second half started off much the same way with the Bulldogs going three-and-out on their first possession of the game.
A quarterback change from Levi Sturgis to Nick Sivert apparently made the difference in the game — Sivert was 6-of-9 passing for 145 yards in the second half.
Galena racked up their first score of the game on a 14 yard run by Colby Sherrell with 7:23 left in the third quarter. The PAT kick failed and the score was 6-0.
With just 24 seconds left in the stanza Taylor Albright added the Bulldog's final score of the game on a 24 yard run and the PAT pass from Sivert to Zach Gougler added the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 14-0.
In the fourth Frontenac finally struck back on a 64 yard fumble recovery by Hunter Mulherin the point after kick initially failed, but after a re-kick necessitated by a illegal procedure penalty against Galena,Brett Macary added the PAT and the score was 14-7 with 10:26 left in the game.
Late in the fourth the Raiders stopped the Bulldogs within sight of the goal line and proceeded to drive for the end zone, but an interception by Chad Shepherd with just 32 seconds left in the game put a stake in Frontenac's chances for their first win.
"They did a great job," Sarwinski said. "They were prepared for us."
Sarwinski said they made some adjustments at half time and spread the field a bit.
"It worked out all right," he said. "I really credit our kids tonight. They didn't give up, they did a great job."
Galena plays the St. Mary's-Colgan Panthers 7 p.m. Thursday at Colgan.