Pirates down Indians in backyard battle


By Anthony Conchel - The Sentinel



Cardington and Mount Gilead players and coaches gathered on the field for a post-game prayer. The Pirates won 30-16 in the season finale for both teams.

Cardington and Mount Gilead players and coaches gathered on the field for a post-game prayer. The Pirates won 30-16 in the season finale for both teams.


Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

MOUNT GILEAD — Despite the lack of wins, there was no absence of emotion as Mount Gilead head football coach Joe Ulrey hugged and spoke with each of his seven seniors following a 30-16 loss to rival Cardington Friday night.

“Our senior class has done a phenomenal job this season and I told them that,” Ulrey said.

The Indians finished 0-10, 0-7 in the KMAC.

Seniors Mason Mollohan, Brandon Strickland, Luke Speck, Nathen Weaver, Lane Carpenter, Tristin Seitz and Garrett Casto played their final game.

“Win-wise, it didn’t show. But we have gotten better from last year to this year. We are such a better team even from two-a-days until now,” Ulrey said.

Mistakes and turnovers hurt Mount Gilead once again in a game played in cold, wet conditions.

Tim Plumley’s squad took advantage as it won its final two games to finish 2-8 overall, 2-5 in the league.

“It was nice to finish the season on a positive note. It gives the kids something to build on for next year,” he said.

“We are optimistic about the future at Cardington. We have good kids; we really do. And we’re leaning how to fight through the whole game.”

Mason Goers, who entered the game with 1,285 yards and 11 TDs, got off to a slow start with just 34 yards on 11 carries in the first half. The junior finished with 157 yards and 3 scores.

His 46-yard run erased MG’s 16-14 lead midway through the third quarter. He added a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter.

After a scoreless first quarter, Goers’ 2-yard run and Brandon Steckel’s kick put the visitors up 7-0.

Steckel’s 40-yard interception return and XP kick made it a 14-8 halftime advantage.

Mollohan caught a 9-yard scoring pass from junior QB Nathan Rogers. Weaver ran in the conversion.

A Cardington fumble was recovered by Aaron Baer, leading to Mollohan’s second score from 12 yards. Brady Mermann’s run made it a 16-14 Indians lead with 8:00 left in the third period.

Trey Brininger caught 2 passes for 37 yards and added another 24 yards rushing.

“We used him at quarterback to mix things up,” Plumley said. “He’s such a good athlete.”

Freshman Nate Hickman played most of the game there, throwing for 44 yards and adding 28 on the ground.

“We have a lot of skill players returning,” Plumley said.

Cardington graduates just six seniors. Steckel, one of those, added a 20-yard field goal.

Junior Nico Wade added an interception.

Despite playing several teams close this season, the Indians couldn’t manage a victory.

“We’ve got to take the next step,” Ulrey said. “Now we need to finish. People want gratification instantly. Those are growing pains in a program and a mental thing.”

Cardington and Mount Gilead players and coaches gathered on the field for a post-game prayer. The Pirates won 30-16 in the season finale for both teams.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2018/10/web1_44826449_10210773688933439_9010161231692038144_n-1.jpgCardington and Mount Gilead players and coaches gathered on the field for a post-game prayer. The Pirates won 30-16 in the season finale for both teams. Anthony Conchel | The Sentinel

By Anthony Conchel

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