Nay, Prosser, defense star in brutalization of Redmen
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
The Galion Tiger were hitting on all cylinders Friday night as they bashed the Bucyrus Redmen 41–14 in a North Central Conference football game at Unckrich Stadium.
Senior backs David Nay and Austin Prosser starred offensively, and the defense pitched a shutout for 3 1/2 quarters and the Orange-and-Blue upped their record to 4–1 overall and 2–0 in the NCC. Bucyrus is 2–3 and 0–2.
Nay racked up 300 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns while Prosser — making his first varsity start at quarterback — rushed for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns and completed 9-of-15 passes for 121 stripes and a 31-yard six-pointer to Nay.
“He collected himself and didn’t let that bother him,” GHS head coach Chris Haw-kins said of Prosser, who lost a fumble that rolled through the endzone giving the ball to the Redmen on Galion’s first possession of the game. “I’m very pleased with what he did tonight.”
Nay was Mr. Do-it-all when the Tigers had the ball. He rushed for 199 yards and 3 TDs on 28 carries, caught 4 passes for 89 yards and a six-pointer, and returned a kickoff for 12 yards.
“That looked like the David Nay of 2011,” said Hawkins. “He ran with power when he had to, but he can also juke and jive.”
Defensively, the Orange-and-Blue defense limited the Red-men to 202 total yards on 46 plays — 138 rushing via 38 carries and 7-of-13 passing for 64. Bucyrus netted 89 of those yards on its final two possessions of the game. That’s also when the visitors scored their only points with a pair of short touchdown runs and two extra point kicks.
The game was stopped with 3:50 remaining because of lightning. The Tigers had the 27-point lead and the ball at Bucyrus’ 39 when the officials halted play.
Hawkins was less than happy that his squad gave up the 14 points toward the end.
“The difference was a lack of effort and intensity,” he stated. “We go hard until there is triple zeroes on the scoreboard. If a lesson has been learned, it was worth losing the shutout.”
A 9-yard touchdown run by Nay and a Connor Kempf extra point kick late in the first quarter put the locals up 7–0. They piled on 21 points in the second period via a 9-yard TD on a keeper by Prosser, a 45-yard paydirt jaunt by Nay, and a 31-yard Prosser-to-Nay aerial strike with just 15 seconds to go in the first half. Prosser added a two-point conversion run, and Kempf a PAT kick.
Prosser ran for a 5-yard six-pointer in the third quarter, and Nay had an 8-yard TD burst in the final frame. Kempf tacked on another PAT following Nay’s score.
The Tigers netted 363 yards rushing on 46 carries, and Prosser added the 121 passing for a total of 484 stripes in offense — 331 in the first half.
Prosser carried the ball 14 times, Antonio Burket added 17 yards rushing on 3 attempts, and Josh Keller had a run for 4 markers.
Terry Hensley snagged 2 passes for 24 yards, Austin Chaplin, 1 for 8; while Nick Flowers and Mikey Hollis each caught a ball for zero stripes.
Galion limited Bucyrus’ star Micheal Purcell to just 33 yards rushing on 6 carries and 3 receptions for 14 stripes. He caught 35 passes for 420 yards in the Redmen’s first 4 games.
TIGER BITES: Nay passed Ben Neumann as the GHS career scoring leader. … Freshman Drake Barnett and Chaplin each picked off a pass. … Prosser had a 94-yard TD run wiped out in the first half because of an illegal block. He was credited with 67 yards on the play. … This is the fourth consecutive year the Tig-ers have beaten the Redmen. The series started in 1898, and the Orange-and-Blue have a 58–47-7 record in it. … Galion played without junior star Dareian Watkins, who had knee surgery on Monday and will miss at least one more game.