GIRARD — A frustrating night for the Girard High School football team saw the Trojans fall to Burlington 44-28 on Friday at Frank Jameson Field.
The Trojans held the lead in the early going of the second quarter, but the Wildcats regained the momentum and took it into the second half to earn the road victory.
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Wildcats set the tone with a 59-yard touchdown run to go up 7-0 in the opening minutes of the contest.
The Wildcats carried the momentum throughout the first quarter, as their defense forced a punt on the next drive and their offense followed it up with another touchdown to increase the lead to 14-0 at the six-minute mark of the second quarter.
The Trojans responded with a touchdown of their own to cut the deficit to 14-7 on the next drive.
Girard went 65 yards in six plays before scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run by Camden McFarland.
GHS went on to take the lead at 15-14 halfway through the second quarter, as McFarland scored from three-yards out on fourth-and-one.
The touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion capped off a six-minute drive which started on the Wildcats’ 29-yard line.
Burlington quickly regained the momentum and scored two times before the end of the half to take a 28-15 advantage into the break.
The Wildcats went on to add one more touchdown in the third quarter, before Girard narrowed the gap to 36-21 on the strength of a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Siebert to Josiah Thomason with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Both teams crossed the goal line again before it was all over, but the game was well in hand, as Burlington cruised to the win.
Girard will host Iola in the final game of the season at 7 p.m. on Friday.