9 - 18 - 2020
Heise Park at Galion High School
MOAC Football Week 4
Unbeaten Whippets Smash Galion
Video By: Storm and G-Man
Story By: Curt Conrad, Richland Source
GALION — Marshall Shepherd has an arsenal at his disposal and Shelby’s first-year quarterback used all of his weapons Friday at Unckrich Stadium.
Shepherd threw four touchdowns to three different receivers as the Whippets rolled to a 42-6 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win over Galion.
A first-year starter, Shepherd completed 9-of-16 passes for 211 yards. He also got plenty of help from running back Owen Fisher, who rumbled for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.
“We’ve got four quality receivers and they can all get open so get them the ball and let them work,” Shepherd said. “They’re all unselfish and they all know it’s about the team and they want to win.”
The Whippets (4-0) came out with the pistols blazing, scoring 21 first-quarter points.
Shepherd hooked up with Blaine Bowman on a 25-yard scoring strike on Shelby’s first possession and, after Garrett Baker recovered an onside kick, connected with Andrew Hill for a 21-yard TD with 9:19 remaining in the first.
Fisher then got into the act, intercepting a pass with 3:18 left and scoring on a 3 yard run less than two minutes later.
“We had a lot of motivation because they beat us last year and that was the only league loss we had last year,” Fisher said. “We had a little chip on our shoulder.”
The Whippets scored twice more in the second quarter to take a 35-0 halftime lead. Fisher scored on a 34-yard run with 9:22 to play in the first half before Shepherd found Cody Lantz for a 32-yard TD with 3:17 remaining.
Shepherd and Bowman hooked up on a 23-yard scoring strike with 4:41 to play in the third. Bowman finished with three catches for 59 yards and two TDs, while Hill had three receptions for 68 yards and a score. Lantz had two grabs for 40 yards and a touchdown and Connor Henkel had one catch for 40 yards.
“We have four really good receivers,” Shelby coach Rob Mahaney said. “Connor’s our fourth receiver but I’ve played on teams where he could be the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver. Marshall has done a good job of trusting the offense and going through his progressions.
“Our offensive line has been great in pass protection and they’ve been good in run blocking.”
Galion got on the board on the final play of the third quarter when quarterback Wilson Frankhouse connected with Jackson Staton for a 16-yard touchdown.
Frankhouse completed 7-of-17 passes for 39 yards and rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries.
“Frankhouse played really, really hard,” Mahaney said. “He’s a great football player.”
The Tigers (2-2) were missing four starters because of injuries and suspensions.
“If you don’t have all the bullets in the gun … you can’t be down men and try to beat a team like Shelby.
They’re a good football team,” Galion coach Matt Dick said. “They’ve got plenty of skilled athletes out wide and they’ve got a great running back.
“We’re short-handed. We played the best we could and I was really happy with our kids’ effort. Our kids knew we were in a tough situation and they battled anyway. That’s all I can ever ask.”