PITTSBURG — Galena Head Coach Beau Sarwinski said the final score simply didn't reflect the way his team played Thursday night as the Galena Bulldogs picked up their first loss of the season against St. Mary's-Colgan 31-2.
"We played pretty well for three-and-a-half quarters," Sarwinski said. "It was 14-2 with about five minutes left in the game."
But then Colgan's Zach Smith broke two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
"Anytime you turn the ball over six times you're not going to do very well," Sarwinski said, noting there were four interceptions as the Colgan defense shut down their vaunted running game, as well as two lost fumbles — of six.
Galena's only score of the game came on a blocked punt by Jared Carver and a safety in the endzone.
Galena was able to move the ball on the Colgan defense, but the Panthers were able to hold and keep the Bulldogs out of the endzone.
"We had our chances," Sarwinski said. "We just couldn't push it in."
Trenton Little was the leading rusher for Galena with 55 yards on eight carries and sophomore Quarterback Nick Sievert was 9-of-19 for 116 yards passing with four interceptions.
As a team the Bulldogs picked up just 123 yards rushing to the Panther's 352 — also Colgan's total offense.
Galena had 239 yards of total offense and 12 first downs to the Panther's 10.
The turnovers were the key to the game. In addition to the four interceptions the Bulldogs fumbled the ball six times, losing two of them. By contrast Colgan fumbled only once and recovered it.
The 3-1 Bulldogs will be at home face the Erie Red Devils 7 p.m. Friday night for Homecoming.