Nobody gave Hobart a chance to beat undefeated Penn in the 1979 Class 3A regional. Their mistake.
On a cold, drizzly night in early November, 1979, Jeff Galovic, a senior at HobartHigh School, stood alone with his thoughts on the top row of the home bleachers at Brickie Bowl, his school’s postcard-worthy football stadium. From that vantage point Galovic, Hobart’s starting center, assessed his opponent later that evening, Class 3A state No. 1-ranked Penn.
“They had their uniforms on,” Galovic recalls, “and I thought to myself that they weren’t as big as advertised.”
So Galovic walked back down to near field level to gain a closer look.
“I realized they just had their jerseys on,” he says. “No pads yet. I thought to myself that this 5-foot-9, 190-pound center might not make it through tonight.”