Local football rivalries


By Rob Hamilton - roberthamilton@aimmediamidwest.com



The Cardington football team ran the table in contests against their country rivals during the 2020 season.

The Cardington football team ran the table in contests against their country rivals during the 2020 season.


Don Tudor | Morrow County Sentinel

Highland picked up wins in two of three games against Morrow County opponents last year.


Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

Cardington vs. Northmor

• Last year’s match-up was the 53rd between the two schools since the Knights picked up a 14-0 win over Cardington in 1968.

• In topping Northmor 20-12 last year, the Pirates broke a three-game winning streak by Northmor against them. Still, Northmor currently holds a slim 27-25-1 advantage over the Pirates in the series.

• The Knights won six straight games between 1974-78, including two wins in 1977. Cardington won all seven games from 1988-94.

• Northmor’s biggest win in the series was a 54-0 victory in 2006. Cardington picked up a 48-0 win in 1988.

• The Knights have tallied 1012 points, an average of 19.1 points per game. Cardington has scored a total of 1065 points, an average of 20.1 points per game.

• Northmor also has recorded nine shutouts of the Pirates, including their most recent in 2008. Cardington has four shutouts to their credit, with 2010’s game being the most recent. These figures include a 0-0 tie in 1972.

Highland vs. Mount Gilead

• Last year’s match-up was the 58th between the two schools since Mount Gilead earned a 28-6 win over the Scots in 1963.

• Currently with a 16-game winning streak, Highland holds an overall 33-24-1 lead in the series.

• Mount Gilead’s longest winning streak was seven games. The Indians won every game from 1971-77. Highland currently possesses a school-best 16-game winning streak against the Indians.

• Highland was 9-1-1 from 1981-91. Mount Gilead was 12-1 from 1965-77.

• Mount Gilead’s biggest win over the Scots was a 44-0 triumph in 1973. Highland’s 58-0 win in 2018’s contest is their best showing in the series.

• Highland has picked up 1328 points, an average of 22.9 points per game. The Indians have scored 1109 points, averaging 19.1 points per game.

• Highland has shut out the Indians nine times, with the most recent coming in 2018. Mount Gilead has earned five shutouts, including their most recent one in 2004.

Mount Gilead vs. Northmor

• The game wasn’t played last year, due to a COVID-19 outbreak shortening Mount Gilead’s season to four games. In 2019, they played the 52nd contest between the two schools since Mount Gilead earned a 6-0 win over the Knights in 1968.

• The Indians currently hold a 34-18 lead in the series despite losing 47-13 in 2019 for their third-straight defeat against the Knights.

• Mount Gilead’s longest winning streak was eight games. The Indians won every game from 1968 through 1975, outscoring Northmor 184-43 in that span. Northmor’s longest are a pair of three-game streaks from 2005-7 and 2017-19.

• However, Northmor did win four of the five games taking place from 1976-80 and from 1987-91.

• Mount Gilead’s biggest win in the series was 2011’s 57-0 decision. The 48-13 win by Northmor in 2005 is their widest margin of victory over the Indians.

• The Indians have scored 1061 points, averaging 20.4 points per game. Northmor has picked up 801 points, an average of 15.4 points per game.

• Mount Gilead has tallied nine shutout wins, with the last being their game in 2011. Northmor has shut out the Indians four times, most recently in 2007.

Cardington vs. Mount Gilead

• Last year’s game was the 76th meeting between the two schools since Mount Gilead beat the Pirates twice back in 1909.

• The schools have met every year since Cardington resurrected their football program in 1947. In that time, Cardington has a 38-35 advantage, while the teams have tied once. Overall, the Pirates have a narrow 38-37-1 lead with Cardington holding a one-game winning streak after last year’s 28-6 contest.

• During the series, both schools have had seven-game winning streaks once. Cardington won every game from 1955-61 and Mount Gilead took every game between 1979-85.

• Cardington was undefeated from 1950-61, going 11-0-1.

• Cardington’s biggest win in the series was a 61-0 triumph in 1989. Mount Gilead won 62-6 in 1971 and 70-16 in 1972, the latter being the second-best single-game point total in Indian football history.

• Both teams also are nearly equal in points scored throughout the years. Mount Gilead has scored 1459 points in the series, an average of 19.2 points a game. Cardington has scored 1463 points, an average of 19.3 points a game.

• Mount Gilead has won nine games by shutout, the most recent occurring in 1984. Cardington also has recorded nine shutouts, most recently in 1998.

Highland vs. Northmor

• Last year marked the 55th game in the series. The teams first met in 1963, with Highland winning by a 16-8 margin.

• After playing in 1965 and 1967, the teams began playing every year starting in 1969.

• The Scots hold a 36-16-3 advantage in the series, currently holding a one-game win streak after claiming a 30-6 decision last year.

• Highland has two winning streaks of 10 years — both from 1996 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2016. The Knights hold two three-game winning streaks. They won every game from 1969-71 and 1980-82.

• Highland’s biggest win in the series was a 55-0 decision in 1999. The Knights picked up a 48-0 win in 1969.

• The Scots have earned 1217 points against Northmor, an average of 22.1 per game. Northmor has scored 826 points for an average of 15.0 per game.

• Highland has tallied six shutouts in the series, most recently in 2012. Northmor has eight shutouts to their name, with the most recent occurring in 1994. These figures include a 0-0 tie in 1976.

Cardington vs. Highland

• Last year’s game was the 58th meeting between the two schools since Highland beat the Pirates 51-12 in 1963.

• Despite losing 30-14 last year, the Scots hold a 35-23 edge in the series. Last year’s win by the Pirates broke a four-game winning streak by Highland.

• Highland’s eight-game winning streak over Cardington from 2003-10 is their longest in the history of the rivalry between the teams. Cardington also had an eight-game streak which lasted from 1988 to 1995.

• Highland topped the Pirates 74-20 in 2013, with that 54-point win their largest margin of victory against Cardington. Cardington’s biggest win was a 44-0 decision in 1966.

• Highland has scored 1268 points against the Pirates, an average of 21.9 per game. Cardington has scored 974, an average of 16.8 points.

• The Scots have won six games by shutouts, with their most recent happening in 2012. Cardington has seven shutout wins.

The Cardington football team ran the table in contests against their country rivals during the 2020 season.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2021/08/web1_denney.jpgThe Cardington football team ran the table in contests against their country rivals during the 2020 season. Don Tudor | Morrow County Sentinel

Highland picked up wins in two of three games against Morrow County opponents last year.
https://www.morrowcountysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2021/08/web1_ray.jpgHighland picked up wins in two of three games against Morrow County opponents last year. Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

By Rob Hamilton

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Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS