Garinger football is no longer a punch line, or a pity party.
The Wildcats won a football game (on the field) for the first time since 2002 last night, and in convincing fashion.
Garinger trailed 12-0 against
I imagine the Wildcats didn’t take much joy in “winning” four games via forfeit after last season ended. They wanted to prove it to someone – anyone – on the scoreboard.
The streak had reached 61. None of the current players were there when it began.
Coach Chris Carter and his staff persevered.
There wasn’t much indication the streak would end through the first four games this season – losses by 42-0, 27-0, 63-0 and 41-14. But on Friday, Garinger was respectable in a 34-19 loss at
Three nights later, on a home field that last season couldn’t be played on for one game because flocks of geese had pooped on it, Garinger made sure that no one looks at them the same way again.
Second-year Mallard Creek’s 7-0 start is the most amazing story of this season, so far.
But it’s easier for a new team to gel than for an established program to reverse a nasty losing habit.
That makes Garinger the feel-good story of the season, so far.
-- Cliff Mehrtens