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  • Trojans can’t hang on

  • Caney Valley struck early, and made it stick in the mud to score an 8-0 victory over Girard Friday night.


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  • Caney Valley struck early, and made it stick in the mud to score an 8-0 victory over Girard Friday night.
    On a night when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped a steady rain on southeast Kansas for almost 24 hours prior to kickoff, Jameson Field was a muddy mess before the game ever started and almost unrecognizable by the final horn. It was clear that any consistent offense would have to come early, and the visiting Bullpups got the big play they needed in the first quarter to post the winning score.
    “It was a game of field position,” said Girard coach Leon Miller. “You can’t blame the weather, can’t blame the field … can’t blame anyone. You have to get it done, and we didn’t.”
    Caney Valley tailback Anthony Camper broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run at the 3:49 mark of the first quarter on the Bullpups’ second possession for the game’s only score. He capped with a successful two-point try to stake the visitors to an 8-0 lead – a lead that stood for the rest of the night.
    Girard, 0-1, all but shut down Caney Valley’s offense after the scoring play, allowing only 46 yards in the final three quarters and only four first downs in the game.
    “I felt like we played pretty well defensively,” Miller said. “We played hard, we were consistent on defense and we stayed after them all night.”
    The Trojans had only six yards of offense in the first quarter, and mounted their only scoring threat midway through the second quarter. They drove 31 yards to the Caney Valley 6 before turning in over on downs.
    “You have to take advantage of those situations. We needed to punch that one in, especially on a night like tonight,” Miller said.
    Trenton Stolte recovered a fumble and Anthony Scholes intercepted a pass in the Caney Valley end zone to help Girard’s defense end the only two serious drives mounted by Bullpups after the first quarter. Devin Vail also recovered a fumble for Girard.
    Scholes ran for 75 yards on 23 carries to lead the Girard offense, which managed just 104 total yards in the game, but did not commit a turnover.
    Girard’s last chance drive started at its own 32-yard line with 6:30 left in the game. Starting from an area of the field affectionately known as the “mud puddle,” the Trojans pushed it to the Caney Valley 32 before a sack on fourth down ended the threat. Caleb Egbert had three key carries in the final drive, putting up 15 yards. Two of those carriers helped the Trojans push past the mud puddle and find some grass to work with near midfield.
    Girard had two shots from the Caney Valley 49-yard line with 10 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Brayden Johnson just missed Stolte on a throw over the middle after Stolte got free with nobody between him and the end zone on the first try. Johnson was sacked on the game’s final play.
    Page 2 of 2 - Girard punted six times on 11 possessions and turned it over on downs three times.
    Riverton visits Jameson Field next week.
    “The word for us offensively is consistency,” Miller said. “We have to do a better job with the ball, hitting blocks, and moving the ball with consistency.”

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