Tigers crush Falcons 38-0 in battle for first place
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
MOUNT BLANCHARD — A 38–0 clobbering of host Riverdale here Friday night puts the Galion Tigers all alone in first place of the North Central Conference with three weeks to go.
David Nay rushed for 163 yards and 4 first half touchdowns as the Orange-and-Blue cranked out their sixth consecutive victory. In doing so, they are 6–1 overall and 4–0 in the NCC. Riverdale drops to 4–3 overall and 3–1 in conference play.
Nay had a 55-yard touchdown jaunt seven minutes into the game. A Connor Kempf extra point kick made it 7–0.
Nay added paydirt romps of 3, 43 and 5 yards in the second period, giving the Tigers a commanding 25–0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, quarterback Austin Prosser and wide receiver Dareian Watkins teamed up for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
With 10:12 left in the game, Antonio Burket broke loose for a 25-yard paydirt scamper. Kempf added on a PAT kick for the final point of the night.
“You play football in Ohio, you gotta be able to play in things like this,” said Galion head coach Chris Hawkins in reference to a steady downpour of rain over the final two-and-a-half quarters. “Any time you have weather like this, it can be an equalizer. I’m happy we won 38–0.”
The shutout was the second of the season for the Tigers, and the fifth time the defense has held an opponent to 14 points or less. The Falcons managed just 58 yards in total offense on 47 plays. The Orange-and-Blue limited the host to 29 yards in each half.
“I definitely think our fronts dominated on both sides of the ball,” Hawkins said. “Our defense played extremely well. We had three game films on them and they did some things we weren’t expecting. Our defense shut them down.”
Offensively, the winners had 382 yards of their own — 229 on 33 rushes, and 153 passing via Prosser completing 6-of-9 passes.
Nay finished with his 163 yards on 17 carries. He toted the pigskin just 4 times for minus-1 yard in the second half. Burket netted 56 yards on 4 attempts, Watkins, 18 on 3 carries; Josh Keller, zero on 2 runs; and Prosser, minus-8 on 7 tries.
Watkins hauled in 3 passes for 103 yards; Nay, 2 for 42; and Jermaine Burket, 1 for 8.
The Falcons gained only 30 yards rushing on 33 carries. Quarterback Dillon Farrow was 6-for-14 passing for 28 stripes and was picked off once by Prosser.
Josh Bushong led the Falcons in rushing with 24 yards on 14 attempts. Seth Knoll — who entered the game averaging 86 yards rushing per contest and 5.6 yards-per-carry — was limited to 16 stripes on 8 carries.
In their three losses this season, the Falcons have been outscored 124–14. They were defeated by Arlington 43–14 in their opener, and by Wynford, 43–0, in a non-conference game in the third week.
TIGER BITES: The 163 yards rushing by Nay gives him 1,100 on the season. With 2,002 yards a year ago, he becomes only the second Tiger in school history to have two 1,000-yard seasons. Ben Neumann did it in 2000 (1,350) and 2001 (1,216). … Nay has 18 touchdowns and 6 extra points this campaign for a total of 114 points. He has scored 13 TDs and 6 extra points in the last three games. For his career, the standout holds GHS records in rushing yards (3,495) and points (352). … Senior nose guard Mikey Hollis recorded 2 1/2 sacks, giving him 12 1/2 this season.