Remsen St. Mary’s made the three and a half hour trip to Gilbertville and came away with a ticket to the UNI-Dome after beating Don Bosco 64-42.
The game started off with an emotional tribute from the Hawks. Wes Galles, who was injured in last week’s game against Kingsley-Pierson, was not with the team physically due to his need to recover from the injury. Wes’ presence was there with the Hawks the entire night though. The captains who participated in the coin toss carried Wes’ #42 jersey to midfield to accompany them in the coin toss. Remsen St. Mary’s coach Tim Osterman says that the gesture speaks to the respect Wes garners from the rest of the senior class.
Once the game started, it was business as usual for the Hawks. Remsen St. Mary’s totaled 437 yards of total offense and put up 64 points in the win. The passing game had a lot of success in the win. Cael Ortmann was 7-15 passing for 212 yards and five passing touchdowns. Coach Osterman says that they found a hole in the Don Bosco defense and were able to exploit it all game.
Defensively, the key to the win for the Hawks was turnovers. Remsen St. Mary’s forced Don Bosco to commit three fumbles and an interception for a total of four turnovers. Coach Osterman adds that they were all in very important situations.
The Hawks have now made the state semifinals in four of the last five seasons. Coach Osterman says that the program had to make many strides in the past for it to be successful.
The Hawks now will face #3 Easton Valley in Wednesday’s semifinals. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM from the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. KLEM Radio will provide live coverage of the game on Wednesday.