GALENA — The Galena Bulldogs (4-0) continued their winning ways Friday night, with a 57-24 destruction of the Northeast, of Arma, Vikings (2-0).
Trouble started early for Northeast, when on the first play of the game, Quarterback J.T. Richardson dropped back for a pass and threw an interception to Galena’s Logan Johnson, who rumbled to the four and Jacob Helton punched it in on the next play and the Bulldogs were up 8-0 after the two point conversion.
On the very next play Richardson pitched the ball to Antonio Slingluff who fumbled it on the Northeast 34. The ball was recovered by Galena’s Gabe Helton on the 31 and the Bulldogs were back in scoring territory without ever having to put up a defense.
Four plays later Casey Krei slammed the ball in from the 7 and a quick two point conversion later Galena was up 16-0.
Late in the first quarter the Vikings were able to put together a scoring drive and Slingluff picked up a 10 yard reception on fourth and goal from the 10 and picked up the two point conversion to bring the game within striking distance.
But the Bulldogs weren’t having any and slammed in five more scoring plays before the end of the half to put the Vikings down 57-8. At the half.
In the second half, with a running clock and the Galena JV playing, the Vikings would score twice more to bring the score to the final 57-24.
As a team the Bulldogs had 310 yards of total offense to just 166 by the Vikings, with 280 yards rushing to 65. Galena average just over 9 yards per carry rushing.
Both teams struggled with turnovers. Galena had four and Northeast five. Trenton Little and Logan Johnson led rushing for the Bulldogs with 93 yards each. Little had 12 carries, and Johnson had 3. Casey Krei had Galena’s only receiving yards on the night, going 1-1 for 30 yards with one touchdown.
Head Coach Beau Sarwinski said he was impressed with the way Richardson responded to the two quick scores by marching his team downfield to stay within range early.
“We felt like we had to respond and I felt like our kids did,” Sarwinski said.
The Bulldogs face the Columbus Titans (1-3) 7 p.m. at Columbus Friday night.