GALENA — In their first match in regular season play Galena shut out Frontenac 45-0. In the quarterfinals of the Kansas Class 3A football playoffs, Galena remained undefeated with a 10-0 record downing the Raiders 27-7 on the Bulldogs home field. They now advance to travel to the northern part of Kansas to face Marysville (8-2). Marysville advanced by beating Topeka Hayden 36-14.
Neither team could score in the opening period, but at the end of the quarter the Bulldogs advanced from their 40 to the Raiders 16. Nick Sarwinski and J.C. Shelton moved them to the 2. One minute into the second quarter, Kooper Lawson scored for a 6-0 lead.
After the kickoff, Frontenac moved the ball from their 27 to Galena's 26 with catches by Kade Chastain and Gage Clothier from quarterback Jake Beckmann. After a holding penalty the Raiders were forced to punt.
With a short punt but a good roll, Galena started at their 12. Runs by Lawson, Sarwinski, and Shelton moved them to the 27. Sarwinski took a pitch for 13 yards. Lawson would punch it in for a touchdown. Shelton caught Sarwinski in the flat for the 2-point conversion.
Frontenac was moving the ball at the start of the second half, but Galena’s Logan Henderson forced a fumble to regain possession for the Bulldogs.
It was Lawson going up the middle on five straight runs to move Galena from their 14 to the Raiders 25 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Sarwinski went to the 12, and Lawson to the 6. On a busted play on a hand off to Lawson, Shelton scrambled in for a touchdown.
Down 20-0, Frontenac scored their lone touchdown with 8:36 left in the fourth. Facing a 3rd and 19, at their 45, Ishimura made a one-handed catch for a 55-yard touchdown reception. Cade Bridwell kicked the PAT.
With 4:09 left Shelton went 20 yards up the middle for a touchdown, then kicked the extra point for their final 27 points. Shelton ended the game rushing for 60 yards on nine carries, and completed six of seven passes for 94 yards.
Lawson ran for 152 yards on 25 carries, and Sarwinski rushed for 105 yards. Beckmann ended with 223 yards, while completing 16 of 23 of his passes.