Lewistown upswing continues at Cats' expense

Jamie Theesfeld
Galva’s Spencer Clark tries to hang on to Lewistown’s Matt Orwig during first-half action in Friday’s game in Galva. Orwig rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns as the Indians defeated the Wildcats, 49-6.

The Galva-Williamsfield co-op  football team caught Lewistown at the wrong time of the season.

Lewistown, a newcomer in the West Prairie Conference Northeast Division this season, torched the Wildcats - both on the ground and in the air - for a 49-6 triumph Friday.

It was the second straight win for the Indians (2-4, 2-1) after an 0-4 start while Galva (1-5, 1-2) dropped its second game in a row.

“Unfortunately, we ran into a team that is really playing well now,” said G-W coach Jeff Schmulbach. “Despite what their record shows, they are a good football team. They are fast, physical and young.”

The Indians scored on their first possession en route to a 22-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the scorebard with 2:14 remaining in the opening half when Lance Salzmann caught a screen pass from Spencer Clark and sprinted 90 yards for a touchdown.

“We set up the screen well,” Schmulbach said. “Spencer made the little dump pass and our players got out in front and made four or five nice blocks downfield.”

The Wildcats, however, couldn’t stop the visitors on their ensuing possession and the Indians scored with just 11 seconds left in the half for a 28-6 advantage.

Lewistown  then put the game away with a 21-point third quarter.

“They’re the best passing team we have seen this season,” Schmulbach said. “They weren’t afraid to go deep anytime. They took advantage of the mismatches and our blown coverage.”

Quarterback Matt Sepich completed 12-of-19 passes for 218 yards and three TDs. Eight of those completions were to Scott Parish, who finished with 173 yards and two scores.

Matt Orwig led the Indians’ strong ground game with 115 yards on 12 carries and three TDs. He scored on runs of 1, 26 and 24 yards and also caught a 1-yard pass for another six-pointer.

Clark led the Galva offense with 190 yards passing (9-of-22 attempts).

Leading the Wildcats’ defense were Greg Cortes and Gabe Carrasca with 10 and eight tackles, respectively.

The Wildcats travel to Kewanee on Friday night to face Annawan/Wethersfield.