Strong Rebels pitch shutout to Cats

Jamie Theesfeld
Galva’s Bryce Glisan tries to get around a Stark County Rebel during the Sept. 5 game in Wyoming. The host Rebels pitched their second straight shutout, blanking the Wildcats 55-0.

The Stark County Rebels made firm believers of the Galva-Williamsfield football team Friday night in Wyoming.

Stark County, coming off last year’s 9-3 playoff season, coasted to a 55-0 victory over the Wildcats ? the Rebels’ second straight shutout win.

“They are a big, physical team,” said G-W coach Jeff Schmulbach. “They are no doubt one of the top 1A teams in the area, if not in the state. “We knew going into the game, it wasn’t going to be easy. We told the kids don’t worry about the outcome. They have a lot more weapons than we do. Just play hard. And I felt we did.”

Tyler Frisby and Tanner Ewing supplied most of the weaponry early for the Rebels, scoring a pair of touchdowns each for the hosts. Frisby scored on runs of 4 and 58 yards, while Ewing caught a 56-yard TD pass from Greg Daum and scored on an 18-yard scamper.

Stark County added three more scores in the second quarter to lead at the intermission, 48-0.

The Rebels’ scoring included Aaron Nunez’s 17-yard TD run, Cody Heaton’s 24-yard interception return and Luke Turnbull’s 1-yard plunge. Zach Turnbull closed out the Stark County scoring with a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Stark County amassed 431 yards of total offense while holding the Wildcats (0-2) to just 92.

Senior quarterback Spencer Clark led the G-W attack with 83 yards passing. Mitch Kitterman caught six passes for 43 yards.

Frisby finished with 117 yards on just four attempts for the Rebels. Ewing added 62 yards.

The Wildcats travel to 0-2 Abingdon Friday night.

“We’re finally going to see a team that resembles us,” Schmulbach said. “They’re a small school and their size is similar to us.

“They’re an option football team so we’re going to have to work on defending it this week in practice,” he added. “That’s never easy to do in just a week.”