Offensive woes hurt Pirates in loss to Buckeye Valley
Cardington was unable to get untracked offensively on Friday in suffering a 29–0 loss to Buckeye Valley.
The Pirates didn’t get a first down until midway through the third quarter and Buckeye Valley’s ball-control offense kept Cardington’s defense on the field for large stretches of time — two things that led to the shutout.
After getting the opening kickoff, the Barons held the ball for over five minutes in going 65 yards for a touchdown.
Running back Brad Edmonds opened the drive with a 22-yard run — just one of many big plays by his team. Unfortunately for the Pirates, many of those long plays came during long-yardage situations when it looked like their defense was about to make a stop.
After the Barons had advanced the ball to the Cardington 35, they got one of those plays when, one third-and-16, quarterback Caleb Green hit Brad Krueger with a pass. The receiver then dodged a couple of tackles on his way to a 33-yard gain and a first-and-goal from the Pirate two.
Two plays later, Edmonds dove in for the touchdown to give his team a 6–0 lead.
Cardington would be forced to punt on their first possession and the Barons got the ball back on the Pirate 47.
After losing five yards on their first play, it looked like the Barons were courting disaster after a bad snap. However, Green was able to pick up the ball and wound up scrambling for 47 yards to put his team right back in scoring position.
Two plays later, Krueger got the ball on a three-yard carry to make the score 12–0 in favor of the Barons.
After another three-and-out by the Pirates, it looked like Buckeye Valley would score again, as they drive from their 31 to the Pirate nine over the span of more than five minutes.
However, Cardington’s defense would come up big, getting an interception from Andy Dever to get the ball back.
Unfortunately, another quick punt led to another long Buckeye Valley drive. This time, they wound up getting a 22-yard field goal by Lane Kleilein to go up 15–0, which is how the score remained going into the half.
Cardington went three-and-out on their first possession of the third quarter, but recovered a Baron fumble on their five-yard line to stall another Buckeye Valley drive.
Chase Deckling immediately got his team’s initial first down on an 18-yard run, but the team’s drive would stall and the Pirates would have to punt again.
Buckeye Valley would then march down the field on a 51-yard drive that took 10 plays and lasted nearly five minutes. During that drive, they got a 26-yard run by Krueger on a second-and-26 and got a first down on a fourth-and-35 punt after a roughing the kicker penalty.
After a Cardington interception, Buckeye Valley scored their last touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run by Krueger. Once again, a big gain in a key situation led to the score, as Krueger ran for 30 yards on a third-and-23 play.
Late in the game, Colton Jenkins ran for gains of 10 and 14 yards, but the Pirates were not able to light up the home half of the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, as time ran out with them on the Baron 14.
Deckling ran for 27 yards and Jenkins had 26 to lead the Cardington offense. Quarterback Noah Zierden passed for 10, with both Dever and Dustin Blanton catching one pass each.