Falcons, Romshek run wild

Falcons, Romshek run wild

PAXTON – Michael Romshek ran for 189 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries to lead Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley to a 35-0 win against Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday night.

Falcons coach Mike Allen, Panthers coach Greg Wood and Romshek each attributed the outcome to one deciding factor: the dominant offensive and defensive lines of GCMS.

"I was more impressed with the lines than anything else," Romshek said. "If we didn't have them, we wouldn't have anything. The line was unbelievable, that's all I've got to say.

"With those holes, anybody could run through them."

The Falcons mounted 327 yards rushing.

"They put in a lot of hard work, the offensive line and defensive line," Allen said. "They've really worked their butts off getting into the weight room. They're very intelligent; they picked up a lot of things."

Tyler Smith added 78 yards on nine carries, scoring three touchdowns.

With the margin at 20-0 at the half, GCMS landed the knockout blow to open the second half, scoring in two plays to make it 28-0.

"Coming out in the second half with that long Romshek run (of 65 yards) and Tyler (Smith) coming back with a TD, in two plays to put it in was nice," Allen said.

Quarterback Stephan Birt was 3 of 8 for 61 yards. He also ran for a score.

The Panthers were led by senior Ricky Tester (70 yards on 11 rushes, three receptions for 21 yards) and sophomore Seth Staton (62 yards on 12 rushes).

"I'm somewhat disappointed with the outcome," Wood said. "We've got some bright spots; we've got some not-so-bright spots.

"Offensively, we'd have a big play, make some first downs, then fumble or get a penalty and put ourselves back a ways, but the big difference was up front. They were very physical, and I don't think we were quite prepared for that."

As for the rivalry, Romshek summed it up in a few words: "Four years in a row, that's all I've got to say."

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