Cardington up next for run-happy Tigers

GALION — Galion’s football team is coming off of an impressive Week 1 victory at home against Bucyrus. The final score was 49-7 in coach Matt Dick’s first game as a head coach here in Galion.

The running game was the force behind Galion’s win. As a team, the Tigers gained 296 yards on the ground in 31 attempts, or 9.5 yards per carry. Five of the teams touchdowns were scored via the ground game against Bucyrus as well as 21 of the 28 first downs for Galion. Caleb Ivy lead the way for the Tigers, picking up 118 yards on just 2 carries. Each of the carries for Ivy resulted in a touchdown. Ryan Talbott also added on 2 TDs on 80 yards and Chase Cooke had a touchdown and 49 yards rushing.

Cooke did not take to the air much in the first game of his senior season. He still broke the 100-yard mark though, completing 6 of 12 passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Garret Kuns was on the receiving end of the Cooke touchdown pass for 29 yards. Harrison Ivy was the leading receiving of the night, making 3 catches for 34 yards.

The defense also was impressive vs. Bucyrus. Even though the shutout was lost in the fourth quarter, the defense was the ignition the offense needed. Galion allowed just 10 first downs. The Redmen offense averaged less than a yard per carry (32 attempts for 26 yards, only TD). The Bucyrus offense was able to out-throw Galion to a tune of 19 of 40 for 103 yards with an interception. Harrison Ivy recorded the only interception for Galion while Bucyrus was inside the red zone. Karson Rinehart lead the pass rush blitz with 1.5 sacks on the evening. Kade Dyer was all over the field for the Tiger “D”, adding eight tackles (five for a loss) and half of a sack.

Up next for the Galion Tigers?

Cardington (1-0) will play host to the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. The Pirates had a convincing victory in Week 1, defeating Worthington Christian, 49-13. Cardington mainly used the air attack to take down their opponent, so the Galion secondary should be very prepared for much the same in the week two matchup. The Tigers should look to keep the pedal to the metal on offense and put together a complete game against a stout defense from the Pirates.

In other action Friday, the Colonel Crawford Eagles (1-0) are at home against the Carey Blue Devils (0-1), the Crestline Bulldogs (0-1) are at home against the Grove City Christian Eagles (0-1), and the Northmor Knights (0-1) are at home against the Worthington Christian Warriors (0-1).

Galion quarterback Chase Cooke takes off on a run Friday night in Galion’s 49-7 win over Bucyrus. ( Don Tudor | Galion Inquirer) quarterback Chase Cooke takes off on a run Friday night in Galion’s 49-7 win over Bucyrus. ( Don Tudor | Galion Inquirer)

By Chad Clinger


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