GALENA — It was a rough way to start the new campaign for the St. Mary’s-Colgan football team, which lost 16-0 against Galena on Thursday.

The Panthers found it rough sailing against the Bulldogs’ defense, which held them scoreless throughout the contest.

The Bulldogs found the endzone in the early going, capping off the scoring drive with a successful two-point conversion to go up 8-0.

A miscue on a snap deep in their territory during the third quarter made matters worse for the Panthers, as the Bulldogs jumped on the fumble and marked down at the one-yard line.

The fumble resulted in Galena’s second touchdown, as the quarterback took the snap and pushed the ball over the goal line.

Galena then increased the lead to 16-0 on another successful two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs held SMC to 25 yards in the second half en route to hanging on for the win.

Cade Simmons finished with 38 yards on 12 carries, while Max Wilson totaled 61 yards on eight touches.

Matthew Lomshek also contributed 38 yards on nine carries and Jeremiah Buche had 13 yards with two catches.

— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.