Galena beats Coffeyville in CNC-SEK showdown

COFFEYVILLE — A year ago, the Galena Bulldogs rallied from 21 points down to knock off Coffeyville-Field Kindley in a CNC-SEK matchup. This time around, GHS need no late-game magic to beat the Golden Tornado.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back as they dominated the Golden Tornado 28-7 in a non-league matchup Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“We felt like we came out ready to play and played physical on both sides of the ball,” said Galena coach Beau Sarwinski. “Our offensive and defensive line played well and led the way for us.”

Galena dominated both sides of the football, racking up 355 total yards compared to just 152 for Coffeyville. The Bulldogs did most of their damage on the ground as they rushed for 335 yards on 53 carries.

“Galena is as good as advertised, especially along the offensive and defensive lines,” said Coffeyville coach Darrin Wegner. “That was the biggest difference in the game and really the reason why we couldn’t get our offense on track. We have a tough schedule remaining beginning with Fort Scott, and seeing a physical football team like that will only make us better.”

Last season, the ‘Nado jumped ahead 21-0 early on and had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. Yet Galena scored the last 16 points over the game’s final 5:23 of action to pull off a 38-33 come-from-behind victory.

The Bulldogs, unbeaten in their first four games, had the upperhand early on and controlled play from start to finish. JC Shelton put Galena on the scoreboard with a six-yard run late in the first quarter. Then before halftime, GHS struck for a pair of scores on a two-yard run by Joseph Helton and a 27-yard run from Kooper Lawson to take a 20-0 lead at the intermission.

Galena’s defense caused problems all game long for Coffeyville, which managed a net of just 22 rushing yards on 25 carries. The Bulldogs harassed ‘Nado quarterback CJ Kelley all game long, resulting in four sacks and numerous other runs for loss in the game.

The visitors eventually put the game out of reach in the second half. After a scoreless third quarter, Galena increased its lead to 28-0 early in the fourth period on a 10-yard TD run by Helton and ensuing conversion run by Lawson.

Coffeyville ended the shutout moments later on a 27-yard scoring strike from Kelley to Jaylen Logan. But the Golden Tornado could not cut into that margin any further in watching their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Two Bulldog rushers went over the century mark in the game, including Lawson with 14 carries for 126 yards and Helton with 21 attempts for 107 yards.

Kelley completed 12-of-19 passes for 130 yards for the Golden Tornado.

At 5-0 overall, Galena will next take on Columbus next week in a CNC showdown that will likely determine the league champion. The Titans also enter that contest at 5-0 overall following Friday’s 47-14 home win over Prairie View.

Coffeyville — now 3-2 overall — will try to get back on track next week as it entertains preseason SEK favorite Fort Scott. The Tigers have dropped back-to-back games, including Friday’s 34-7 setback at Labette County, to drop to 3-2 overall.