Little runner stands biggest on GHS field

Jamie Theesfeld
Galva’s Bryce Glisan drags a Cambridge tackler as he picks up yardage in Friday’s home game against the Vikings. The Wildcats racked up 26 points but it wasn’t enough to overcome Cambridge 41-point output, led by running back Patrick Morey.

Patrick Morey and the Cambridge Vikings spoiled Galva/Williamsfield’s Senior Night on Friday with a 41-26 triumph over the Wildcats.

Morey, a junior running back, scored six touchdowns and rushed for 273 yards to lead the Vikings to their third straight win.

“He’s a tough little runner,” said Galva/Williamsfield coach Jeff Schmulbach. “He was all over the place.”

Morey set the tone of the game early. After the Wildcats fumbled away the game’s opening kickoff, Morey scored on a 10-yard run, launching his touchdown parade less than a minute into the game.

Morey extended the Vikings’ lead to 20-0 after the opening quarter on runs of 11 and 65 yards. Cambridge then made it 27-0 when Morey hauled in a 64-yard TD pass from Clayton Carr and Mikel Miller added the PAT kick.

 “We spotted them 21 points and they added a quick score early in the second quarter,” Schmulbach said. “It was 27-0 before we started to get going.”

The Wildcats managed to close the gap to 27-12 by the intermission as senior Spencer Clark rushed 15 yards for a TD and sophomore Jake McClintic made a spectacular catch of a pass thrown by Clark deep in the end zone in the closing seconds of the opening half.

But the streaking Vikings regained the momentum after the intermission as Morey took the second-half kickoff and romped 90 yards to stretch the visitors’ lead to 34-12.

Galva refused to give in as Clark’s 40-yard TD scamper late in third quarter pulled the Wildcats to within 34-18. But Morey answered again for the Vikings, scoring his sixth TD on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats closed out the game’s scoring as Clark and McClintic connected again.

Galva, who fell to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the West Prairie Trail Northeast Division, closes out the season Friday at Princeville.

Cambridge improved to 3-5 and 3-3 in the WPT Northwest Division. The Vikings host AlWood/ROWVA in their season finale Friday.