Tigers shut down Trojans to remain unbeaten


GALION — On Friday, the Galion Tigers hosted the Portsmouth Trojans in their final non-league contest of the 2017 regular season.

Galion would move on to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference portion of their schedule undefeated after beating the visiting Trojans by a final of 23-0. The Tigers improve to 3-0 on the season while the Trojans fall to 1-2.

The hometown Tigers would receive the opening kick-off after the Trojans won the toss and deferred to the second half. After a short kick, Galion would take over for their first possession on their own 31-yard line. It would take the Galion offense just eight plays to get on the score board, led by a huge, 42-yard run by Tanner Crisman. On that eighth play, Harrison Ivy would earn his first rushing touchdown of the game from 11 yards out to put Galion up 6-0 after a missed Dominic Pittman extra-point attempt.

Isaiah Alsip would score the only other points for the Tigers in the first half on a 21-yard field goal in that first quarter. After both teams were held scoreless in the second, Galion held a halftime lead of 9-0 over the visitors.

A back and forth third quarter would also lead to no points by either team and the Tigers entered the fourth and final quarter still on top; 9-0.

Ivy’s second rushing touchdown on the night came in that fourth quarter, this time from 15 yards out. Alsip would convert the PAT to put the hometown squad up 16-0 at that point.

Takoda Crisman and Ivy would hook up on a 22-yard aerial touchdown strike in the fourth quarter to further put the game out of reach and after another Alsip PAT, Galion went up 23-0.

Ivy had another good game on the ground for the Tigers, running the ball 22 times and racking up 156 yards and two scores. Through the air, Ivy completed just 7/18 pass attempts for 48 yards but would record the big, 22-yard touchdown pass to Takoda Crisman late in the fourth quarter of the game. Takoda also managed five yards on three carries for the Tigers in the victory.

Alsip put together a nice game for the Galion squad as well, picking up 31 yards on just one carry, pulling in two receptions for 17 yards, converting 2/2 PAT attempts and adding three points with a 21-yard field goal. Tanner Crisman ran all over the Trojans’ defense for 94 yards on 16 carries. Tanner also had six yards receiving on two catches.

Other rushing stats for Galion were: Team- 328 total rushing yards; Joah Singer- 4 rushes, 33 yards; Nakoma Breedlove- 7 rushes, 15 yards and Gavin Pennington- 1 rush, 3 yards.

For the game, Galion amassed a total of 376 yards of offense on 71 plays from scrimmage en route to earning a total of 16 first downs. Portsmouth managed just six first downs on 46 offensive plays leading to 127 yards in total offense. Penalties continued to rack up for the Tigers as the flag was thrown on them 10 times for 76 yards. Portsmouth was flagged eight times for 44 yards on the contest.

Overall, Galion continued to work and score fast. The Tigers held possession of the ball for just 12 total minutes on Friday night while the remaining 36 minutes saw the Trojans in control.

The Tigers will hit the road to Marion Pleasant on Friday, Septemer 15 to open MOAC play against the tough Spartans club. Pleasant is currently 2-0 after thumping the Bucyrus Redmen in week two; 51-0.

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With their victory Friday over Portsmouth, Galion will head to Pleasant on Friday, September 15 to begin MOAC play undefeated at 3-0.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/09/web1_IMG_0174.jpgWith their victory Friday over Portsmouth, Galion will head to Pleasant on Friday, September 15 to begin MOAC play undefeated at 3-0.

Galion’s Noah Grochowalski takes flight in celebration during the Tigers’ non-league contest with Portsmouth on Friday. Galion won the contest to remain undefeated at 3-0 heading into MOAC play next Friday at Pleasant.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/09/web1_IMG_0176.jpgGalion’s Noah Grochowalski takes flight in celebration during the Tigers’ non-league contest with Portsmouth on Friday. Galion won the contest to remain undefeated at 3-0 heading into MOAC play next Friday at Pleasant.

Tanner Crisman works on bringing down the Portsmouth quarterback with help on the way. The Tigers defeated the Trojans on Friday night in a shutout; 23-0.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/09/web1_IMG_0195.jpgTanner Crisman works on bringing down the Portsmouth quarterback with help on the way. The Tigers defeated the Trojans on Friday night in a shutout; 23-0.

By Chad Clinger

cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com

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