GIRARD — Galena’s dedication to the running game paid off on Friday against the Girard High School football team, as the Bulldogs pulled away after a tightly-contested first quarter to get a 41-7 win.
Galena’s defensive front dominated in the trenches all night long, holding Girard’s rushing attack to a minimum.
Junior defensive back Joseph Helton led the Bulldogs in their defensive effort with seven total tackles, followed closely by Kooper Lawson with six tackles and a fumble recovery.
Others playing key defensive roles were J.C. Shelton — who had a fumble recovery — Ethan Henson and Trevor Little, who each recorded a sack, and Garrett Hall, who had one interception.
For the Trojans, the lone touchdown came courtesy of senior tailback Camden McFarland, as he made several productive cutbacks and followed some well-set blocks from his offensive line on the way to a 42-yard touchdown run.
“We kept it to within one score in the first quarter and I felt like we would have had a decent shot if we could keep things clean,” GHS head coach Neal Philpot said. “Unfortunately, they made a few plays and it snowballed. The next thing we knew, the score was 33-0 in the second quarter. We have some young kids out there who are still getting used to a new system and we can see some of them that are starting figure it out. It’s all about getting the guys that are out there some more experience, and ultimately, that will win us ball games down the road.”
Girard falls to 1-3 on the season, as well as league play.
The Trojans will look to bounce back against Colgan at 7 p.m. on Friday in Pittsburg.