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Galena gridders drub Spanish Springs
by Dan Eckles
Sep 21, 2013 | 2178 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior tailback CJ Carrithers breaks loose for a 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the Cougars' prep football loss to Galena Friday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior tailback CJ Carrithers breaks loose for a 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the Cougars' prep football loss to Galena Friday.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Galena quarterback Brock Raggio turned in a stellar performance against Spanish Springs Friday, completing 16-of-24 passes for 266 yards.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Galena quarterback Brock Raggio turned in a stellar performance against Spanish Springs Friday, completing 16-of-24 passes for 266 yards.
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Spanish Springs football coach Scott Hare was impressed with Galena after watching film on the Grizzlies during his pregame preparations over the past week. Unfortunately for the Cougars' coach, he's probably more impressed with Galena now, after watching the south Reno school clobber his SSHS gridders, 48-21 in a non-league contest Friday night.

The Galena offense did pretty much anything it wanted throughout the 48 minutes of lopsided football action. The Grizzlies ripped off the first 21 points of the game, in just a little more than a quarter. They pushed their lead to 35-14 at halftime and never allowed it to shrink to under 20 points after the break.

"Galena was better than us," Hare said. "They beat us everywhere. We played hard. When you play hard and lose, that means the other team just flat out beat you."

The visiting Grizzlies took control from the opening kickoff. They scored on their first two possessions and three of their first four en route to building a 21-0 lead just six seconds into the second quarter.

Galena's first two touchdowns -- at the 10:11 and 7:12 marks of the first quarter -- came on Brock Raggio touchdown tosses. The first one was a 7-yard grab by Eric Anderson and the second was a 13-yard catch by Ben Barnard.

At the 11:54 of the second quarter, Galena got a 2-yard touchdown run by Barnard, accounting for its 21-0 advantage. Barnard finished with 39 carries for 182 yards, including a 41-yard scamper on the game's first drive that set up Galena's initial touchdown.

"Our start was pretty big," Galena coach Steve Struzyk said. "That's what we wanted and what we talked about. This was a big win for us. This has not been an easy place for us to play in the past."

The two teams both posted a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, leaving the scoreboard to read 35-14 at the intermission.

Spanish Springs' first touchdown of the game came when senior running back CJ Carrithers bolted 67 yards untouched, right up the middle, as the Cougars' trimmed the deficit to 21-6 at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter.

The hosts couldn't get any momentum as Galena responded with a scoring drive over the next three minutes that was capped by a 22-yard pass-and-catch scoring combination from Raggio to Chaz Clark for a 28-6.

Clark made some big plays for Galena. He caught seven balls for 200 yards.

"Clark is pretty good," Hare said. "He made plays. Our defenders weren't out of position. He just made plays."

The margin was pushed to 35-6 at the 2:02 mark of quarter number two when Barnard plunged in from a yard out. Galena had gotten possession back quickly after an SSHS turnover.

The Cougars did manage a touchdown in the waning seconds of the half. Carrithers got a 1-yard touchdown dive with 35 seconds remaining before halftime. The TD was set up by a 30-yard pass from Hunter Fralick to Shamir Geisinger and 20-yard Fralick to Gehrig Parks reception.

Galena tacked on a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth for its last two scoring drives. Raggio found Blake Whitlock for a 9-yard TD in the third and then Anderson had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth.

Raggio was 16-of-24 through the air, racking up 266 yards.

Spanish Springs found the end zone just once in the second half. That touchdown came with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter. It was a Fralick to Parks 9-yard scoring play.

Fralick, who has given a verbal commitment to play his college football at Nevada, and his receivers struggled to get on the same page all night. The senior standout finished 10-of-30 for 129 yards passing.

"Our passing game the last couple of years has won us some games," Hare said. "But tonight it was not up to par. That's a big part of why things didn't go well."

Spanish Springs (1-2) will try to bounce back when it goes to Douglas for a non-conference clash next Friday at 7 p.m.

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