Garrettsville – The Garfield G-Men football team is literally saving their best for last, and last week’s dramatic 33-28 come from behind victory over LaBrae Vikings is no different. With 10 seconds remaining and a timeout in his pocket Garfield head coach Mike Moser sent in the play that Garfield has run dozens of times, “wing left power left.” In short terms senior Kyle Borrelli takes the hand off and runs left to an opening. What happens next is not designed in the playbook, while Borrelli was moving left he saw something out of the corner of his right eye, what he saw was nothing, absolutely nothing, no defenders, no white jerseys, no would-be tacklers. Borrelli ran to the open space for 14 yard until he got to the end zone for the game winning touchdown with four seconds remaining. The score was Borrelli’s third of the evening and and propelled The G-Men into the division IV region 17 finals this Saturday at 7pm at Lake high school’s Blue Streak Stadium against Canton Central Catholic Crusaders. The G-Men and CCC are two of the 16 teams remaining in division IV.
The night started off terrible for the G-Men, in front of their largest crowd of the season. Their first play of the night, after holding LaBrae to a three and out on their first series, the G-Men promptly turned the ball over to the Vikings, setting up the Vikings first TD of the game.
Garfield was forced to a three and out on their next possession and the Vikings started off at the Garfield 49-yard line. Seven plays later, the Vikings had what seemed to be a commanding 13-0 lead with 5:07 remaining in the opening quarter. Garfield’s next possession saw how quickly the G-Men could respond, three plays and 1:05 of game time, pitch left, sweep right and a Dalton Michael 30-yard draw play and the G-Men were back in business. After trailing 13-7 going into the locker room, the G-Men took their first lead of the game following Borrelli’s first TD and Zach Gorby’s PAT with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter.
The final quarter is when things got interesting. Midway through the final stanza, Fall scrambled left looking for a receiver. Not finding any, he galloped seven yards to the end zone for a 21-13 lead. Twelve seconds later the Vikings had tied the game with a 65-yard TD pass and two-point conversion.Twenty-five seconds later Borrelli scampered off right tackle and sped 75 yards for a 27-20 lead with 6:04 remaining.
That score would hold up until the Vikings found a little bit of luck when a fourth and goal pass bouncing off an intended receiver right into the hands of another receiver; the PAT gave the Vikings the lead with 55 ticks remaining on the clock. That is when Bo Rein stadium turned into the most epic game in Garfield football history. After getting near field goal range, senior signal caller Dalton Fall aimed a shot at classmate Tommy Bissler who got behind the defender, whose only recourse was to reach out and grab Bissler by the jersey, pulling him down and that drawing several flags for pass interference, setting up Borrelli’s run.
Beautiful Bo Rein stadium was littered with black and gold former players and alumni from far and wide, some drove from beyond Pittsburgh to be in attendance, and vowed to be back for the next game.