GIRARD — The Girard Trojan Football team displayed a strong, balanced offense against Anderson County, pushing them to a 35-21 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday.
The game was equally-matched early, with both team trading rushing scores, but the Trojans pulled away in the second quarter and maintained the lead throughout the second half.
Kreed Curran led the Trojans with three total touchdowns in the first half alone, two through the ground and one on a touchdown pass from quarterback Ty Norris.
“As a team we worked hard in practice over the week, and the coaches did a great job in preparing us for Anderson County.” said Curran.
Curran opened the scoring with a red zone touchdown scamper midway in the first quarter.
Anderson County gained great field position on the ensuring kickoff, and Logan Allen tied the score with a rushing touchdown of his on with three minutes to go in the first.
Early in the second, Curran returned the lead to Girard on another red zone rushing touchdown.
Curran converted the two-point conversion to give Girard a 14-7 lead.
The Trojan lead was short-lived, as Anderson County’s Austin Adams rushed for a touchdown with seven minutes to go in the second, tying the score at 14-14.
The Trojans continued to establish the run in the second quarter, scoring on consecutive drives.
Chandler Humble bulldozed over two Anderson County defenders on his way to a touchdown run.
Curran added his touchdown reception with one minute to go in the half to push the Girard lead to 29-14.
Evan Troike grabbed a interception to end the first half.
Anderson County took possession of the ball early in the third quarter on a Adams interception, and drove down the field to the Girard red zone, but the Trojans held firm and forced a stop on fourth down.
Norris found Durbie McReynolds 25-yards down the field to spark the next Girard drive. Troike gained seperation on a “pump-and-go” from Norris, and the two connected on a 17-yard touchdown.
Adams continued his impressive outing for the Bulldogs, rushing in from 18-yards out to cut the lead to 35-21 with five minutes left in the game.
The Trojan defense slammed the door on a Bulldog comeback in the fourth, shutting down the Anderson County offense the rest of the quarter.