By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
A historic season featured a historic finish.
The Garfield G-Men completed a perfect 10-0 undefeated season on Friday with a commanding 60-25 victory over Brookfield.
With it, the G-Men secured the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference championship.
To get there, senior Keegan Sell provided the fireworks with a game like no other G-Men has ever had before.
Sell set a new single-game rushing record for Garfield, running for an astounding 324 yards.
More remarkably, he set the new total in just 13 carries and through only three quarters, sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
Sell scored five rushing touchdowns, while adding a sixth touchdown through the air on a pass from quarterback Eric Geddes.
It was a fitting end to a regular season for the G-Men and Sell, who have dominated since the season kicked off in Week 1.
For the year, Garfield’s 10-0 record has come with the team outscoring its opponents by an average of 50 points.
“I am very proud of these young men,” Garfield head coach Mike Moser said. “They truly deserve everything they have accomplished. It has been a 100 percent team effort all year.
“This group has been such a pleasure to coach,” Moser added. “They are great leaders, hard workers and selfless. Now we need to refocus and get ready for the playoffs.”
The G-Men (10-0, 7-0 MVAC) unofficially finished fifth in the Division V, Region 17 computer rankings, clinching a first-round home playoff game on Oct. 27. Unofficially, the G-Men will host Wooster Triway, which finished the season with a 5-5 overall record.
On Friday, Garfield’s win featured 538 yards rushing and 115 yards passing.
Sell scored his first touchdown of the game on a 37-yard pass from Geddes, who finished 3-for-4 through the air for his 115 yards and threw another TD pass to Deacon Sommer (49 yards).
Sell then scored his next five touchdowns on the ground from 1, 74, 42, 12 and 45 yards out.
Geddes added another 131 yards on the ground, while Devin Bates (41 yards) and Sommer (32 yards) also made contributions.
Garfield held a 21-7 lead after the first quarter, then had a 40-19 edge at halftime. The G-Men won the third quarter, 20-6, to complete the scoring in the game at 60-25 and a scoreless fourth quarter.
Garfield clinched the outright MVAC Grey Division title with last week’s triumph over Crestview. Entering Friday’s Week 10, the G-Men held a two-game lead over both Crestview and Brookfield (5-5, 4-3).