A slow start proved costly for the Cardington football team when they traveled to Plymouth on Friday.
While the Pirates outscored their hosts 18-12 over the final two periods of play, they surrendered 36 straight points in the first half of a game they lost by a 48-18 margin.
Plymouth scored twice in the first quarter to lead 14-0 and added three scores in the second period to hold a 36-0 advantage going into the half. While Cardington tallied three touchdowns over the final two quarters, they would be unable to get closer than a 30-point margin.
Plymouth held a 343-180 advantage in total yards, while Cardington also was hurt by a pair of turnovers.
Highland was unable to light up the scoreboard Friday night when the team hosted Bloom Carroll in their season-opening football contest.
The Scots fell behind by a 17-0 margin in the first quarter and gave up one touchdown in both the second and fourth periods in suffering a 31-0 defeat.
Bloom-Carroll held a 292-230 advantage in total yards, with Kadin Johnson throwing for 143 of that amount, completing 13 passes in the game. Landon Remmert had four catches for 93 yards.
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