Prior to Monday night's state quarterfinal football game here with West Lyon, Galva-Holstein had lost just two fumbles all year.
The Pirates nearly doubled that total against West Lyon and it proved their demise in a 22-13 loss to West Lyon.
"We have no exuses for the loss, we just didn't play very well," said G-H coach Brad Knight. "You can't turn the ball over three times in a key playoff game and expect to win."
Two of the Galva-Holstein turnovers came in the second quarter. West Lyon capitalized on both, converting the first into a field goal and the second into a touchdown. They led 9-0 at the half.
West Lyon added insult to injury in the fourth quarter after a scoreless third, scoring another touchdown for a 15-0 lead.
"It was at that point that our kids decided they just weren't going to give up," Knight said.
The Pirates scored on two consecutive possessions. Keith Hustedt scored on a 29-yard pass from Kelly Otto to make it 15-7 and just a few minutes later, Hustedt hauled in a 23-yarder from Otto. With the extra point kick, Galva-Holstein trailed just 15-13 with about five minutes left, Knight said.
"But they took the ball and went down the field and scored," Knight said. "Our defense was on the field all night it seemed and they were just gassed at the end."
The Pirates ended their season with a 10-1 mark and lose just six seniors off of this year's team, Knight said.