BURLINGTON — Late-game dramatics saw the Girard High School football team fall 43-41 to Burlington in a game which was decided in the final seconds.
Holding a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Trojans appeared to be on their way to recording their second consecutive victory, but the Cougars took the lead after returning a kickoff back for the touchdown and held on to win.
The Trojans were nursing a one-point lead heading into the final quarter, and they extended the lead to 35-28 on a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Eric Wilson.
After GHS failed to convert on the two-point conversion, the Burlington quarterback called his own number, and ran the ball 46 yards for a touchdown, before the Cougars took the lead with a successful two-point conversion.
Now trailing for the first time since the opening quarter, Girard regained the lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Josiah Thomason to go up 41-36.
Things were starting to look bleak for the Cougars — down by five at the four-minute mark — but they found new life, returning the kickoff back for a touchdown to take a 43-41 lead.
With just a couple minutes left to try to swing the lead back in their favor, Girard attempted to move the chains on fourth down, but failed to do so, turning the ball over on downs to end the game.
Although the both teams were marching up and down the field with ease in the fourth quarter, the first three quarters were dominated by defense.
The Cougars held a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter, but Girard tied the game at seven apiece thanks to a 41-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Fischer.
Fischer found the endzone two more times in the third quarter on big runs, once from 76 yards out and the other from 36, and a fourth touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth from 5 yards out.
Girard will play its final game of the regular season on at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Iola.
-- Jordan Buckamneer is a sports reporter of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @jbuckamneer.