Pirates manage to hold off Southern Cal, 28-25
Galva-Holstein's football team is no longer unscored upon, but the Pirates appear state playoff bound and remained undefeated here Friday night, holding off Southern Cal, 28-25 .
The Pirates started quickly but had to hold off Southern Cal, which trailed 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-13 after three frames. The Mustangs scored two fourth quarter touchdowns but missed extra-point conversions on both.
"We dodged a bullet," said Galva Holstein coach Brad Knight. "Southern Cal outplayed us in the second half and we were lucky to win."
"Had we scored before the first half ended to make it 28-7, it might have been a different game, but they stopped us three times and took back the momentum."
As for the unscored-upon streak, Knight's glad it's over.
"Now we can get back to work," he said. "This game against Southern Cal was a reality check for us. Teams just won't roll over Southern Cal this season."
Offensively, the Pirates were led by quarterback Kelly Otto, who threw three scoring passes on the night, including a 74-yarder to Keith Hustedt in the first quarter, a 33-yarder to Matt Grandhorst in the first frame, and a 19-yarder to Hustedt in the third quarter. Galva-Holstein's other score came on a 6-yard run by Tyler Gebers in the first quarter.
"I'm proud of the way our kids stayed together in the fourth quarter," said Knight. "Things were not going well for us and they had to pick each other up.
"Kelly Otto played a fine game and made good decisions at quarterback. Our offensive line gave him enough time and he threw the ball well."
Otto completed four of five passes for 136 yards and the Pirates outrushed Southern Cal, 189-157. Southern Cal lost two fumbles but the Pirates didn't commit a turnover.
Hustedt also had a big game rushing, running 14 times for 90 yards to lead a balanced Pirate rushing attack. Gebers rushed for 47 yards on 11 attempts and Evan Platt for 42 yards and ten attempts.
Up next for the Pirates is a home game vs. West Monona.