Emotions were high on Friday night as the Galion Tigers came home to take on the Marion Harding Presidents in this season’s MOAC opener.

For their part, the Tigers and their fans  were mindful of the recent loss of teammate Kooper McCabe, as this was the first home game since that day. A large Tiger paw at midfield was marked with a #6 in McCabe’s memory.

The Presidents were hopeful of finding their first win after dropping non-conference games to Mt. Vernon, Ashland, and Newark. The Tigers were having none of that, however.

Particularly Gabe Ivy, who rushed for 279 yards and scored all but of the Tigers’ touchdowns. 

Logan Shifley added a 26 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to take the score to 35-7

The contest was hard fought for the first half, which ended with Galion up 14-7. The second half saw the Orange and Blue score 21 unanswered points, much of it due to the Tiger’s outstanding offensive line. 

Friday’s game was also Veterans Night, with current and active duty military receiving free admission.

Next week Galion travels to Clearfork to take on the Colts, who defeated River Valley on Friday 44-42.

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