Whatever the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School football team needed to go its way in the fourth quarter seemed to Friday night.
G-E-T scored 34 points in the fourth quarter — including 26 points in a 4-minute, 11-second stretch — as it rallied on the road to shock Black River Falls 42-31.
The Red Hawks trailed 23-8 entering the fourth quarter, but Erik Van Vleet had two of G-E-T’s five touchdowns in the fourth quarter to aid in the comeback.
“It was gut-check time,” Red Hawks coach Jon Steffenhagen said of his team, which moved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the Coulee Conference.
“We got a couple of big breaks, and everything kind of fell in place. It was one of those times where things just went our way.”
G-E-T capitalized on a fumble and an interception — Lucas Scherr returned that 22 yards for a touchdown — by the Tigers (2-3, 0-3) in the fourth quarter.
“We made some adjustments at halftime, and then everyone rallied around each other,” Steffenhagen said.
Van Vleet had 139 yards on 18 carries to move his season total to 612 yards rushing.
Ryan Millis scored twice and had 56 yards rushing on 16 carries for BRF while quarterback Ethan Young found Jacob Gerszik for a 72-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the Tigers.
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