Gophers Squeak by in a Close One


Long drive starts at their own 5.

The Gophers of Garden City had a slow start in their game against longtime rival Kelvin on this windy Friday night.  Kelvin scored early and it took the Black and Gold a quarter of football to get going after last week’s tough loss to Sisler.  The Gophers kept on digging and scratching and by the end of the second quarter the game was tied at 10-10.  The third quarter saw the Gophers take the lead at 13 – 10, only to have the Clippers tie it up again early in the 4th.  The score remained tied until with less than 4 minutes to go the Gophers started on their one 5 yard line and marched it all the way down to score a touchdown with just over a minute left in the game.

Quarterback Francey

After the Kick off the Clippers were held to 5 yards on 2 plays so they decided to kick it back to the Gophers.  After a 9 yard completion on the 1st down the Gophers were 2nd and short on their own 36 yard line with the 37 km wind at their back.  Then QB Francey handed the ball to Riley Williams who easily got the yardage for a 1st down only to fumble when he tried for extra yards.  The ball was recovered by  Kelvin and run all the way for a touchdown with 21 seconds left on the clock.  The convert to tie the game was wide but GC was flagged for an off side.  Due to the high wind and the missed convert Clippers decided to try for a 2 point convert.  The Gophers denied them again at the 1 yard line leaving the score 20 -19.  After a failed short kick by the Clippers, Francey took the knee to end a great game.

The win leaves the Gophers in 2nd place behind the undefeated Crusaders from St. Pauls.  The loss dropped Kelvin to 2 and 3 for the season.  The Gophers next game is against Grant Park on Oct 16th.