GALENA - In a playoff system the winner moves on to the next round, the non-winner ends their season. The Silver Lake Eagles and the Galena Bulldogs met last Friday in Galena, for the quarter finals of the Class 3A state tournament.
Both teams entered the match up undefeated at 11-0. With a 13-6 loss, the Bulldogs ended their very successful season with 10 seniors. Silver Lake will play this weekend in a sub-state contest against Sabetha (11-1, who advanced by downing Osage City 56-13).
Can anyone remember a time that Silver Lake wasn’t in the playoffs in just about any sport, boys or girls? The Eagles coach C.J. Hamilton has won more football games in Kansas history. Coach Hamilton has a now record of 412-90, and has coached eight state champion teams.
The Eagles went 73 yards on their opening drive to start with a 7-0 lead. Mason Jones rushed for 141 yards in the game, and over 1,000 yards for the season. On the first play of the game Jones ran for 32 yards. Silver Lake went up 13-0 at the start of the second period on a 22-yard catch by Keenan Baird from Mason Griffith.
Galena seemed not to be their usual offensive machine in the first half, and totally out of sync. They completed only two first downs, punted three times, and got a delay of game penalty.
Galena did score as time expired at the half. J.C. Shelton threw a 50/50, up-for-grabs pass to the end zone from 19 yards out. Garrett Hall managed to out jump his defenders for the touchdown; his seventh for the season.
Both teams' defenses have allowed less than 10 points average per game. This game was no different. Each team traded punts in the third quarte. Neither team could add points in the fourth quarter. Galena did put together two drives at the end of the final period, but both ended with interceptions.
Quarterback Shelton led the Bulldogs in rushing. His 63 yards on 17 carries was more than the three running backs combined. Shelton also passed for 110 yards. On the season he threw 11 touchdowns, and racked up just under 1,000 yards. He ran for a hair under 500 yards and had nine rushing touchdowns for the season. Hall caught six catches for 84 yards. Joseph Helton finished the season at close to 1,000 yards on the ground.