COLUMBUS — The Girard High School Football team dropped to 1-2 on the season after losing 54-7 against Columbus on Friday in the rematch of the 2016 regional championship game.
Girard found it rough sailing against a stout Columbus defense, which was forcing the Trojans to punt the ball away to a Titans’ offense which could do no wrong.
The Titans set the tone in the early going, as they forced Girard into a three-and-out in the opening series of the contest and drove the ball 65 yards in six plays, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run to go up 6-0.
Columbus extended the lead to 12-0 in the final seconds of the first quarter, crossing the goal line on a 10-yard run after intercepting a pass on defense to set up the scoring drive.
The Titans went on to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter before Girard hit the scoreboard on a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chandler Humble to cut the deficit to 26-6 with three minutes remaining in the first half.
Both teams battled for field position for the remainder of the first half, but the Trojans took some momentum heading into the locker room after Austin Noe forced a fumble which was recovered by Josiah Thomason in the final minute of the second quarter.
Columbus took over on its own 42-yard line to begin the second half and drove 60 yards in five plays, scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 32-7.
The Titans began to run away with it, as three more touchdowns allowed them to coast to a 54-7 win.
Girard will host Galena at 7 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.