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  • Girard runs over Colgan, 29-0

  • The final score of 29-0 does not quite paint the entire picture of how Girard dominated Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League rival St. Mary’s Colgan Friday night on its Homecoming at Frank Jameson Field.



    For example, in the first half, Girard limited Colgan to 17 yards of total offense, no first downs, three punts and the Trojans forced three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception).

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  • The final score of 29-0 does not quite paint the entire picture of how Girard dominated Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League rival St. Mary’s Colgan Friday night on its Homecoming at Frank Jameson Field.
    For example, in the first half, Girard limited Colgan to 17 yards of total offense, no first downs, three punts and the Trojans forced three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception).
    Girard built a 21-0 halftime lead on the strength of its swarming defense and its punishing ground attack, which generated 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. The run also set up a 21-yard TD pass from quarterback Brayden Johnson to senior tight end Trenton Stolte.
    Colgan did not move the chains for the first time until its first drive of the second half, on a 3-yard run by senior quarterback Dyson Dechant. The longest gain of the game for Colgan came on a 22-yard pass from Dechant to fellow senior Nate Grimaldi. Colgan finished with 80 yards (54 passing, 26 rushing) and six punts, five first downs and three turnovers.
    Girard finished with 387 rushing yards and 437 yards of total offense, paced by junior running back Taylor Lewis and senior running back Anthony Scholes. Lewis ran for 199 yards and one TD on 24 carries, Scholes 150 yards and two scores on 18 carries; Lewis and Scholes both averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Scholes broke TD runs of 9 and 54 yards, Lewis 41 yards.
    “Our offensive and our defensive line, they’re a strength for us,” Girard head coach Leon Miller said. “Those kids do a great job up there but our backs block for each other and they run hard, all of them run hard. It’s a good formula for us. Defensively, our backers are doing what they’re supposed to do, our d-backs are doing what they’re supposed to do and we’re playing great football. It’s a total team effort but if you can control the line of scrimmage, it gives you an edge.”
    Girard boxed in Colgan and surrendered none of the famous Colgan big plays. Colgan ball carriers like Conner Dayton and receivers like Drew Dawson were kept inside and gang-tackled by a ferocious defense Friday night.
    “These kids do their job,” Miller said. “Once the ball’s declared, we see how many hats we can get there. We see how many kids we can get to the football. These kids like to play defense and they like to run our style of offense. They’re doing a great job.”
    Girard junior defensive end Devin Vail tackled Dayton for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass, senior linebacker Tyler Gray forced a fumble on Aaron Twarog as he neared a first down and Scholes intercepted a Dechant pass thrown into double coverage. These plays reflected the first half.
    “There’s some hard hitting going on,” Miller said. “We were able to get some turnovers and helped us get some points on the board. It felt like we might have left some on the field in the first half but they’re a good football team and I felt like we came out the second half and reestablished ourselves.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Girard (4-1, 4-0 CNC) defeated Colgan for the first time since 1999 and handed the Panthers their second consecutive loss. Galena lost 19-16 to Columbus and now Girard stands on top of the CNC standings as the lone undefeated team in league play. Colgan drops to 3-2 overall and 2-2 CNC.
    Girard plays Galena (4-1, 3-1) next week on the road and Colgan hosts Columbus (2-3, 2-2) for its Homecoming next week.

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