Brady Hoffer gains extra yards for the Ghosts. Photo by Dave Vissers. More photos at Dave Vissers Photography
Photo by Dave Vissers. More photos at Dave Vissers Photography

KAUKAUNA — It was a scary moment for family and fans in the stands of Thursday’s season opener football game between Kaukauna and Ashwaubenon.

Just after Brynn Reffke, the current Kaukauna Galloping Ghost, delivered the game ball to the referee on the field, she took a tumble from her horse.

In a social media post shared on the Kaukauna Football Facebook page, Brynn Reffke’s mother, Becca, said Brynn is doing well, but is sore today.

“She was wearing a helmet and thankfully it did its job,” Becca Reffke wrote. “The medical staff, coaches, EMTs and family were there immediately making sure she was OK.

This is Reffke’s fifth season as the Galloping Ghost in a tradition that dates back to 1943 when William Robach delivered the first game ball by horeseback.

Robach, who died Monday at age 95, was buried Friday following his funeral at Holy Cross.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.