Scots crush Pirates, 74-20; Trojans up next
Saturday, October 26th
CARDINGTON — Like a lot of teams this season, Cardington had a successful first quarter against Highland, trailing only 27-13. From there, however, the Scots kept on going while holding the Pirates to just one more score to win, 74-20, on Friday night.
After a great kickoff return to open the game, Highland (7-2, 4-1) handed the ball to Shane Carney at the Cardington (1-8, 1-4) 35 yard line. Carney did the rest, taking it all the way for a score with 11:26 left in the first quarter. On the Pirates next drive, the Scots Jake Limings stepped in front of a Noah Zierden pass and took it in for a score and a 14-0 lead.
Highland and Cardington traded scores for the rest of the quarter, as Cochran ran in from 27 yards out with 5:27 to play. Tyler Dornan cut the lead to 20-7 with a 9-yard TD catch with 3:15 left, but Cochran rumbled in from 37 yards out with 2:24 remaining for a 27-7 score. Devin Pearl finished the quarter for the Pirates with a 78-yard TD catch with 50 seconds left, which left the score 27-13.
Cochran scored twice again in the second quarter. With 10:48 to play, he ran in from 20 yards, and his 11-yarder with 8:26 remaining took the lead to 41-13. Zierden found Andy Plummer for a 13-yard TD pass at the 5:18 mark, but Cochran scored his fifth TD of the game with 45 seconds to play. His 19-yard run left the Scots ahead 48-20 at the half.
Highland did not rest with the big lead, either. Carney scored at the 7:04 mark of the third quarter on a 16-yard run to put the lead at 55-20. The Scots still had 19 points to go.
Incomplete stats and scoring information were available at press time. Through the halfway point of the third quarter, Cochran had run 14 times for 171 yards and five scores, and Carney gained 137 yards on 12 carries. Kyle Minyo rushed 10 times for 82 yards. Highland’s defense had held Cardington to -18 yards on 14 carries.
Highland will play for at least a share of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship against unbeaten Centerburg. The game is in Centerburg and will start at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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