Galena rolls past Riverton, 52-6

RIVERTON — Jumping out to a 39-point lead at the intermission, Galena had little trouble in its season opener on Friday by thumping CNC rival Riverton 52-6.

“I thought our kids came out ready to play,” said Galena coach Beau Sarwinski. “We were able to play a lot of kids. We were able to get film on a lot of guys, which will help us to improve. It was a good start. I’m proud of our kids for their effort.”

The Bulldogs — coming off an 11-1 campaign and a trip to the sectional round of the Class 3A playoffs — improved to 1-0 overall heading into next Friday’s home opener against Girard. The Trojans also won their opener on Friday as they shut out Baxter Springs 26-0.

Meanwhile, it was a rough start to the season for the Rams, who finished just 1-8 a year ago. Now 0-1 overall, Riverton will next visit Baxter Springs next Friday.

Galena had control of Friday’s contest was the opening kick. The Bulldogs struck for 20 points in the opening quarter, including touchdowns runs of 22 and 14 yards by Joseph Helton and another of 19 yards by JC Shelton.

Shelton completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Blake Booth early in the second period. Helton scored his third TD of the game on an eight-yard run. Just before halftime, Kooper  Larson ran into the end zone from four yards out to push the Bulldog advantage to 39-0 at the break.

GHS blew the game wide open after the break. Nick Sarwinski dove into the end zone from two yards out early in the third quarter. The Bulldogs then scored their final touchdown of the game on a five-yard run from Ayden Adamson.

Riverton avoided a shutout on a three-yard scamper for six by Brayden Stewart.

Galena racked up 389 total yards of offense in the game — 229 on the ground and 160 through the air on 10-of-13 passing.