G-Men, 6-0, face schedule challenge

The Garfield G-Men are off to a hot start, as they currently find themselves undefeated heading into Week 7. However, the heart of their schedule begins tonight when they host Crestwood, a school that routed the G-Men, 53-14, a year ago.

“They’re (Crestwood) a really good football team,” Garfield coach Mike Moser said. “We expect a great effort out of them. They have some really special players and some playmakers on the outside.”

Last season, Garfield played Crestwood and Mogadore in Weeks 6 and 7 like they’ll do this year, and needless to say, the G-men’s Portage Trail Conference County Division rivals got the best of them.

The losses derailed Garfield’s playoff hopes for 2015, as they went from a 5-1 record to finish at 7-3 for the year. All offseason, the team has taken steps to prevent that from happening again, as their 2016 mantra is “playoffs or bust.”

Thus far in 2016, Garfield has only beaten one team with a winning record. The final four teams on their schedule are either 4-2 or 5-1, providing the G-Men plenty of opportunity to pick up computer points.

Garfield is averaging 51.5 points per game, and has scored at least 41 points in every contest. Quarterback Dalton Fall is having another record-breaking season, as he’s 62-for-99 for 1,111 yards, with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

“He (Fall) has a better overall understanding of the whole offense,” Moser said of his quarterback’s greatest improvement this season. “He does a great job of managing the game. He did that last year and he’s doing it again this year, and his ball security is very good.”

While Fall is lighting up the scoreboards, so are his two weapons on the outside, Seth Morgan and Tom Bissler. Morgan and Bissler both have at least 15 catches for 335 yards and four scores, while running back Kyle Borrelli has rushed for 400 yards on just 57 carries (7.0 average), and leads the team with 11 touchdowns.

Garfield will certainly need as much offense as it can muster, as Crestwood (5-1) is coming off of a 24-7 win against Mogadore, the No. 1 team in Division VII, Region 25. Crestwood is currently second in Division IV, Region 13, and nine of the 10 teams on their schedule are .500 or better.

The G-Men stand first in Division V, Region 17, and they certainly don’t plan on giving up that top spot anytime soon.

“Our schedule gets progressively tougher each week, and we need to stay healthy,” Moser said. “We need to keep getting better, and I think we have every week. But, we must continue to get better, (because) our schedule demands it.”