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Morning Sun
  • Trojan offense explodes in fourth

  • After being shut out for the first seven quarters of the season, the Girard Trojan offense exploded in a big way, scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Riverton 25-6 Friday night.

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  • After being shut out for the first seven quarters of the season, the Girard Trojan offense exploded in a big way, scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Riverton 25-6 Friday night.
    Anthony Scholes rushes for 228 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 46-yard pass for a score to lead the way for the Trojans, who played on a sloppy track at home for a second straight week after a severe line of storms ripped through the area Friday afternoon.
    Last week the Trojans offense couldn’t find the end zone against Caney Valley, losing 8-0.
    It looked like a different verse of the same song against Riverton Friday night, at least in the first half. The Trojans, while dominating the action on offense, fumbled it away four times before halftime and turned it over on downs twice.
    Girard led 4-0 after two first-quarter safeties — both bad snaps that went over the head of Riverton’s Chandler Underhill. The first time Underhill was lined up to punt, and the second time he was lined up at quarterback. On both occasions the ball went through the back of the end zone, staking Girard to its first lead of the season.
    The Rams, who scored twice late to beat Frontenac last week, took the lead when running back Jake Neal broke two tackles in the backfield and found his footing long enough to run 54 yards to paymud with 2:06 left in the second quarter.
    Riverton held that lead until Girard’s second possession of the fourth quarter.
    The Trojans, behind increasingly powerful blocking from its offensive line, marched 75 yards for their first offensive touchdown of the season. It came on a screen pass from quarterback Brayden Johnson to Scholes, who raced 46 yards to put Girard back on top.
    A seven-yard two point try was good, with Johnson hitting Trenton Stolte in the end zone to make it 12-6.
    The Trojans kicked to Riverton, but the Rams could not handle it. Dylan Johnson recovered for Girard at the Riverton 41, and four plays later Scholes ran it in from 16 yards out to make it 18-6.
    Girard’s defense, solid in Week 1, turned the Rams back after a drive to the Trojan 35 on the ensuing possession. A series of bad snaps helped kill the drive. The Rams, who did not lose a fumble in the first half aside from the two safeties, coughed it up five times in the second half.
    The Trojans final scoring drive started at the 4:52 mark of the fourth quarter, and ended when Johnson punched it in from a yard out with :57 left on the clock. Juan Ortiz booted the PAT to make the final 25-6.
    Two big plays dominated a sloppy first half. The Trojans dominated on offense, piling up 136 rushing yards. Three of their four fumbles killed potential scoring drives. Scholes’ 73-yard first-quarter run would have set the Trojans up at the Riverton 12, if not for the fact he fumbled it away after being tackled on the slick surface.
    Page 2 of 2 - That was as close as Girard got to the Rams’ end zone in the first half.
    Girard held the Rams to 88 yards total offense in the first half, including Neal’s 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Both teams combined for only five first downs on the sloppy track prior to halftime.
    The Trojans outgained Riverton 373-200 in the game.
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