In a hard-hitting, penalty-plagued contest, the Girard Trojans fought hard but were overpowered by the Chanute Blue Comets Friday night, 42-12.

In a hard-hitting, penalty-plagued contest, the Girard Trojans fought hard but were overpowered by the Chanute Blue Comets Friday night, 42-12.

Chanute marked first on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Grant McMillan to Eric Bowman with 9:07 left in the first quarter, and 190-pound fullback Jared McComb started what was a big night for him by getting six points on a one-yard dive two minutes later.

The home crowd was cheered on “Seniors Night” by a 10-yard run from Trojan Dylan Kratz at 3:28 in the first period, but the Blue Comets surged over the line of scrimmage and blocked the extra point kick.

Securing the Class 4A District 7 championship and jubilantly hoisting their trophy at game’s end, the Comets began putting the game away on an eight-yard scamper by Bowman at 1:52 in the second quarter and a five-yard run by McMillan with 17 seconds left in the half.

They wrapped up their scoring with a 20-yard run by Alec Haight at 9:04 of the third quarter and a 50-yard display of hard-driving determination by McComb at 2:34 in that period. McComb got 141 yards on 19 carries on the night.

Frustrated by a variety of penalties and turnovers all night, the Trojans tallied again on a two-yard run by Matt Perez with 9:20 left in the game, which left Girard 4-5 on the season and 0-3 in  district play.

Chanute is 7-2 (3-0) and headed for the playoffs.

Trojans coach Leon Miller said the score “does not indicate how hard fought of a game it was."

“We did some good things early, but we had too many turnovers and penalties,” he said.

Chanute coach Don Simmons said the Comets must play better to extend their season past the first round of the playoffs.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have or should have,” he said. “We don’t want this ride to end.”

James R. Campbell can be reached at james.campbell@morningsun.net.