The Girard Trojans football team lost to the Frontenac Raiders last night in the first round of playoffs, bringing their season to an end.
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Trojans came out aggressive with their passing game but were unable to make progression up the field. Frontenac quickly forced the Trojans into a punting situation.
Girard’s defense came out with a little more fight in them and forced Frontenac into a fourth-down situation, but the Raiders managed to get a first down on a pass play. After two more plays, they converted the drive into a touchdown to bring the score to 7-0.
The Trojans struggled throughout the entire first quarter to get past the Raiders’ defense, and failed to get a first down on any possession.
However, Girard’s defense continued to fight and forced Frontenac to turn over on downs on their second possession.
Girard held the Raiders to seven points in the first quarter, but Frontenac scored again early into the second quarter to bring the score to 14-0.
The Raiders found their way past Girard’s defense two more times in the second quarter to bring the score to 27-0.
The Trojans finally began to develop their offensive run game with just over four minutes left in the first half, driving their way into Raider territory for the first time.
However, Girard failed to capitalize on the drive and entered the locker room at halftime trailing by 27.
Frontenac started off the second half on offense, and scored again after driving up the field.
Girard followed this with a strong drive up the field but was forced to punt again.
The Trojans managed to force a fumble on the following play and took possession on the Raiders’ 36-yard line, but threw an interception to lose the ball again.
Frontenac then drove the field and scored again to bring the score to 41-0.
With less than three minutes left in the game, the Trojans finally found their way onto the scoreboard after quarterback Kyler Siebert completed a pass to receiver Matt Sabine, bringing the final score of the game to 41-6.
With this loss, Girard’s final season record was brought to 4-6.