Behr, No. 3 Garrigan muscle through Rebels, 32-0

Friday, September 9, 2016

SIOUX RAPIDS -- Sioux Central didn't exactly get the fairy tale ending to their first night of varsity action on the new football field, but playing against the No. 3 team in the state makes that pretty difficult. The Rebels simply had no answers for Bishop Garrigan and star tailback Gibson Behr as the Golden Bears rolled to a 32-0 victory.

"They're a good team. Their defense gets to the football. They're good up front, and they're very fast," Sioux Central football coach Brandon Goodchild explained. "They're No. 3 in the state, so you knew they were good. But now you realize how good they really are."

Sioux Central stalemated the first quarter, but Behr started breaking through in the second, scoring a 1-yard plunge, a 14-yard scamper and a pick-six.

"He's good," Goodchild said matter-of-factly.

Garrigan took a 19-0 lead into the break before the third stanza quickly became a nightmare for the home squad.

A quick drive at the start of the quarter ended on a 33-yard touchdown run by Behr, and the ensuing kickoff was recovered by the Golden Bears on the Rebel 33. The next snap was a touchdown for Garrigan's Max Patkins.

The scoring stopped there at 32-0.

Sioux Central took on a few injuries in the game, including a potentially devastating knee injury to quarterback Caleb Gunderson, pushing freshman Jacob Saunders into the role.

"We're a little banged up now. That's a problem. We have to recover and get back on track. We did some good things against a good team, but we have to turn around next week, get recovered, strap it up and go forward. Lot of district games left," Goodchild said.

Sioux Central, now 1-2 and 0-1 in the district, hosts Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union next week. The Royals will be coming off their first victory as a team, having beaten Fort Dodge St. Edmond 15-8.

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