Galena, Colgan to renew CNC rivalry Friday night

The two teams will meet Friday for the first time since 2017.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – It’s been three years since the last meeting between the Colgan Panthers and Galena Bulldogs.

That will change this Friday, when the two teams strap it up and renew their CNC rivalry.

“It’s funny because we haven’t played them for a couple years,” says Galena head coach Beau Sarwinski, “They’re kind of foreign to us a little bit.”

Most Colgan and Galena games have a similar theme.

“They’re fights,” says Colgan senior Kannon Keller, “They’re not games.”

“When you think of a Colgan Galena game, it’s always a real physical game,” Sarwinski adds.

“They’re mean. They’re always big. They’re always aggressive,” Keller adds of the Bulldogs, “They’re not going to be shy. They’re going to hit you.”

“It seems like there’s always a lot on the line. They’re always good teams, they’re always hard-nosed and prepared,” says Colgan head coach Shawn Seematter, “It’s just a good, hard-nosed football game.”

The two teams will play Friday for the first time since 2017.

Galena is coming off a 40-22 win over Commerce in their season opener.

“Last week was a good win for us,” Sarwinski says of beating the Tigers, “We made lots of mistakes, but overall we were real pleased with our effort.”

On the other side, the Panthers aim to bounce back from a tough 20-12 loss to Girard.

“We were definitely gassed at the end of the game,” Keller says of the week-one loss, “We don’t have the depth like other schools do, so we have to make sure we’re well conditioned.”

“We’ve got to get in better shape, and we’ve got to do little things better,” Seematter adds of his team.

At the end of the day, in a rivalry game like this, both teams know the past and the records don’t matter, and Friday’s winner will have to earn it.

“When you go into these type of games, you just really have to stress playing smart and not doing anything to shoot ourselves in the foot.”

“The biggest thing we want to see is just improvement from week one,” Seematter finishes, “We really feel like with the guys we have, if we show those improvements and play like we’re capable of, we’re going to be happy with where things end up on Friday.”

Friday night’s game will kick off at 7 o’clock at Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg. Galena has won the last three games against Colgan, but the two teams have split the last six meetings.