After games, Galena football coaches don't discuss the contest with their players huddled around like other teams do. The coaches say a few words and the players are on their way.
On Friday, the players were back at their lockers just minutes after the game. The Grizzlies scored a huge, 42-25 home win over No. 4 Bishop Manogue behind a strong rushing attack and a defense that played well down the stretch.
"We're not really thinking about (the game) anymore," Galena coach Steve Struzyk said.
The Grizzlies rode running backs Connor Marks and Logan Harger for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Marks finished with 153 yards on 25 carries (6.1 per rush) with one score while Harger had 144 yards on 19 rushes (7.6 per carry) and 2 touchdowns. The pair combined for 72 more rushing yards than Manogue had in total team yards.
"Our line just really stepped up and did their job," Marks said. "I have to give a shout out to Eric Anderson, he has stepped up to be a really good full back."
Bishop Manogue (2-4) quarterback MJ Farthing hit Juan Aparicio for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 3:31 left in the third quarter and a 2-point conversion closed the Galena lead to just three.
Manogue held the Grizzlies scoreless in the third, but quarterback Brock Raggio connected scored on a 1-yard plunge and Marks added a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.
Farthing threw an interception with 5:43 left to all but end the Manogue comeback.
"That was very good to see," Struzyk said. "That's an aspect that we have to keep working hard on. As we know, when it comes down to the playoffs, defense is key."
For Manogue, Farthing finished with two touchdown passes, Jake Snow had a 98-yard kickoff return for touchdown and Jake Taylor hit a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter.