Tigers roll over Cardington on Senior Night at Heise Park Stadium


GALION — Friday night football returned to Unckrich Stadium in Heise Park when the Galion Tigers played host to the Cardington Pirates in non-conference play. In addition to action on the gridiron, Galion High School also held their annual senior night to recognize the senior student athletes across all of the fall interscholastic sports.

On the field, the Galion squad gave the crowd something to cheer about with another big performance in which they routed the Pirates, 44-21. The Tigers have now scored 44 points in each of their first two games and hold a record of 2-0 in those contests.

Galion posted all 44 of those points in the first half on Friday against the Pirates.

Senior quarterback Harrison Ivy got the offense rolling with a 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, add the extra point off the foot of freshman Dominic Pittman and Galion held an early 7-0 lead. The second score of the opening quarter was provided by the defense for the Tigers. Elias Middleton spoiled a Cardington pass play, intercepted the ball and proceeded to convert a “pick six” of 50 yards. Pittman again added the extra point and the Tigers were up 14-0.

Cardington would field the ensuing kickoff and run it back for a touchdown to possibly swing the momentum. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the play was called back due to holding and the Pirates would not find themselves on the scoreboard after one quarter.

Woes continued for the visitors in the second frame. A mishandled snap on a punt attempt would trickle out of the endzone for a safety, awarding two points to the home team and stretching the Galion lead to 16-0. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers’ Takoda Crisman returned the short kickoff all the way to the endzone for the touchdown, Pittman added the PAT and Galion lead big; 23-0.

Back on offense with a large lead, Galion would strike again on a two-yard touchdown run from Ivy to go up 29-0. Pittman’s PAT was blocked after that scoring drive. Still in the second quarter, the Tigers would strike yet again, this time on a 54-yard TD run by Takoda Crisman and a two-point conversion by Ivy placed the Galion squad up 37-0. Tanner Crisman would give the Tigers their final score of the first half and of the game on a 62-yard touchdown run, followed by a Pittman PAT. Cardington would score for the first time in the contest on an 11-yard touchdown pass and converted extra point but would head to the intermission down 44-7.

The Pirates would score a touchdown in the third on a 20-yard TD run and in the fourth on a three-yard rushing strike but too little, too late as Galion earned the 44-21 victory in week two.

Significant stats from Friday’s action; Total Yards: Galion- 347, Cardington- 289; Passing Yards: Galion- 82, Cardington- 74; Rushing Yards: Galion- 265, Cardington- 215; Penalties: Galion- 5 for 41 yards, Cardington- 5 for 37 yards; 2 turnovers for each team.

Individual stats for the Tigers; Ivy- 4/4 passing for 82 yards, 7 rushes, 82 yards and 2 TD; Trevor O’Brien- 2 rushes, 24 yards; Tanner Crisman- 3 rushes, 104 yards and a TD; Middleton- 4 rushes, 15 yards; Takoda Crisman- 1 rush, 54 yards, TD, 3 receptions, 70 yards, 3 kick returns, 117 yards and a TD; Isaiah Alsip- 1 reception, 12 yards.

Galion will be home again next week and will welcome Portsmouth to Unckrich Stadium. Friday, September 8 will also be recognized as elementary night at the game.

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Erin Miller | Galion Inquirer Something to celebrate about! The Galion Tigers offense again erupted for 44 points on Friday night against the visiting Cardington Pirates. With the 44-21 victory, Galion is now 2-0 to start their 2017 campaign.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/09/web1_fb-jump.jpgErin Miller | Galion Inquirer Something to celebrate about! The Galion Tigers offense again erupted for 44 points on Friday night against the visiting Cardington Pirates. With the 44-21 victory, Galion is now 2-0 to start their 2017 campaign.

By Chad Clinger

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