By Jeff Holt
Published October 7, 2021 in The Burg
GALESBURG - Some people say it is the Moline Maroons football team, and then everyone else in the Western Big 6.
The one score that quickly caught everyone's attention was: Moline 63, Rock Island 0. The Maroons also won a shootout with Quincy 48-35.
On homecoming night, Galesburg lost a hard-fought 33-30 decision to Rock Island last Friday night in overtime. It was tied at 27 after regulation.
Rocky (4-2, 3-1) overcame 20 penalties as Xander George ran it in from 10 yards out in OT for the game winner.
"The first play of the game they (Rocky) scored and then they didn't score again until there was a minute left in the game," said GHS coach Derrek Blackwell. "Then, they just poured it on scoring after that. We just made some mental mistakes that we'll go over on film. We'll get it taken care of."
For Galesburg, Cameron Aguire had two TD runs in the third quarter to help give the Streaks a 17-7 advantage. Aguire later added a 42-yard TD run for the Streaks. Defensively, Kannon Klein also had a big interception to spark Galesburg.
The Maroons, coached by Mike Morrisey, have a varsity roster of 51 that includes 19 seniors, 26 juniors and five sophomores.
"Moline is big, a fast team, they are well-coached and they play hard," said Blackwell. "For us to be successful, we have to go up there and be physical and play hard. There is no looking back now - 48 minutes and non stop. Everything is in front of us."
The Silver Streaks football team rounds out the regular season with a game at Moline on Friday night, a home game against East Moline (Oct. 8; 7 p.m.) and a road game at Alleman (Oct. 15; 7:30 p.m.).