CARDINGTON — The Galion Tiger football team was in Cardington on Friday to clash with the Pirates of Cardington. Galion was still riding the emotions of their first win for new head coach Matt Dick, the sun was still shining and the shivering hadn’t yet started. So goes the tale of two halves for the Tigers.
Cardington got the football first and made moves quick. The Pirates first three plays resulted in first downs. In less than three minutes, Galion found themselves down 7-0 after Cardington scored on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line. Galion responded quickly, driving 78 yards down field, only to fumble on first and goal from the 2-yard line on a bobbled snap by QB Chase Cooke. Galion would settle down on defense though, not allowing another score and finishing the quarter down only 7-0 to the Pirates.
Tanner Crisman gave the crowd, coaches and players quite a scare as the first quarter drew to a close. While serving on the special teams squad, Crisman was leveled by a helmet to helmet collision by the punt returner. He was down for some time, leaving everyone holding their collective breath. Tanner was helped off the field and put on a stretcher. Crisman did return to the game as a plain clothes spectator and wearing a neck brace. He did appear to be okay, but more updates will come as they are received.
The second quarter was riddled with penalties and miscues by both teams No scoring occurred and the Pirates and Tigers went to the locker rooms at halftime still 7-0.
Cardington came out of the intermission, scoring first on a three-yard rushing TD to put them up 14-0. Galion’s mistakes continued as they fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Luckily the costly error did not result in any further scoring. In the third quarter, Cooke hooked up with Harrison Ivy for a 60-yard TD pass. With Connor Moreton adding the PAT, the score stood at Cardington 21 and Galion 7 at the end of the quarter.
Galion was able to add one more score on the evening in the form of a two yard rushing TD from Ryan Talbott and a PAT from Moreton.
When the 48 minutes was up, Cardington emerged victorious, handing Galion a 35-14 loss. Galion is now 1-1 on the year and will travel to LaGrange next Friday to lock up with the Keystone Wildcats.
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