Gobles holds on to finish with a big win

Gala Rock • galarock@yahoo.com
The Gobles defense  smothers the Galesburg-Augusta runner during the Tigers’ last game of the season.  The Tigers won the contest, 28-22, to finish with a 4-5 record. Tigers Rock Photography/ Gala Rock

   On Friday night, the Tigers wrapped up their season by hosting Galesburg-Augusta. The Tigers jumped right out to an early lead, scoring on a one-yard run by Jackson Rumery. Then, Hunter Underwood broke open a 40-yard run for a touchdown.
   Galesburg-Augusta answered with a seven-yard TD pass to put the Rams on the board. Gobles responded immediately as Underwood returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards for another six points for the Tigers. After just one quarter, Gobles had a 22-8 advantage. 
   In the second quarter, the Tigers went to the air when quarterback Kevin Heard connected with Josh Lopez on a 47-yard reception for a touchdown. At halftime the Tigers were up, 28-8. 
   Both teams’ defense stood firm through the third quarter, not allowing a single score on either side. Then, in the fourth quarter, Galesburg-Augusta took to the air to make the game close.  The Rams scored on 18-yard and 13-yard passes to pull within six points.  But, Gobles held on for the 28-22 victory. 
   “As they have done all year, this small team from a small town gave it everything they had on the football field,” said Gobles Coach Thad Schafer. “They stuck together and allowed our seniors to finish their high school football experience with a win. Most don’t understand what it means for a senior high school football player’s season to come to an end. They don’t understand the finality of it for 95% of them,” he said.
   “Any of them can play in a baseball or softball rec league, get together for a pick-up basketball game, play a round of golf or run in a 5K. Most of these seniors have been putting on a helmet and shoulder pads each summer since they were in third grade. You go from a game that you put your heart, soul, sweat, blood and time into for so many years, to be completely shut out from it.   
   “Football is not a lifetime sport; but high school football is a once in a lifetime experience,”  Schafer said.
   “Caleb Brady, Michael Fifer, Zach Hall, Robin Von Holtz, Brandon Huizing, Charles Roden, Jackson Rumery and Hunter Underwood played in their last high school football game, but will FOREVER be a Gobles Tiger and part of the Gobles Football family.” 
   Rumery had 81 yards rushing for the Tigers. Underwood added 61 yards and Michael Fifer, 49 yards to  Gobles’ total of 315 yards. Quarterback Kevin Heard was 3 for 6 with 76 yards. 
   On defense, Robbie Cummins had nine tackles, followed by Michael Fifer with eight, Heard with eight, and Brandon DeVries with six tackles. Gobles finished the season, 4-5.


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