Senior running back Riley Gebelein cannot be stopped, you can only hope to contain him. In fact, opposing teams and coaches have been saying that all season. Gebelein proved that once again, as he and the Marshfield Tigers football team advance to the semifinals of the Division 2 WIAA state championship after defeating the La Crosse Logan Rangers 41-7 Friday night.
Gebelein carried the ball 20 times, rushed for 136 yards and scored four touchdowns while leading the Tigers to victory. With the four scores Friday night, Gebelein now holds the school record for most career touchdowns. Gebelein broke the 1997 record of 41 held by Chad Fredrick, the same man Gebelein surpassed earlier this year for most rushing yards in a game. That record was broken in week four of the regular season when Gebelein rushed for 268 yards while leading the Tigers past the Neenah Rockets 39-14.
With the win the Tigers improve to 10-1 on the season and move on to play the winner of the Homestead Highlanders vs. Green Bay Southwest Fighting Trojans game. The Tigers so far in the playoffs have faced three teams from the Mississippi Valley Conference (Tomah Timberwolves, Holmen Vikings, Logan Rangers) as their opponent next week proves to be their toughest challenge yet. Not taking anything away from the three teams the Tigers have defeated as those three were tough opponents and obviously were good enough to make the playoffs, but once you reach the semifinals the competition steps up a notch.
Either team that faces the Tigers will have their hands full not only with a stingy defense that likes to force turnovers, but also with a very good and very skilled runner in Gebelein.