On a night where persistent rains made play difficult, the West Salem Panthers used bursts of offense Friday night to defeat former Coulee Conference rival Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau 34-7 in front of the home crowd.
Senior quarterback Tim Schauf used his legs and his arm to guide the Panthers (1-1) to a bounce-back win a week after fading in the second half at home against Saint Croix Central. Schauf rushed for a touchdown and threw for two more against the Redhawks' defense.
"This was our offense clicking tonight, got the ball moving on the ground, and especially moving through the air," Schauf said. "We didn't know what the conditions were going to be like, if it was wet or if we were going to be able to throw. Turns out we were able to connect on a few long passes and that was the difference."
Schauf's 81-yard scamper to the end zone helped West Salem take a 7-0 lead after the opening quarter.
In the second, Zach Pierce scored on a rushing touchdown to double the lead, then just before halftime, Schauf found Mark Harris for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 20-0.
In the third quarter, Schauf found Graham Walter behind the defensive secondary for another score to make it 27-0.
G-E-T put together a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers responded with a 50-yard touchdown from Brett Heilman for the game's final points.
West Salem opens Mississippi Valley Conference play on Friday, September 4 at Tomah. G-E-T travels to Dodgeville in another non-conference matchup that evening.