By: Aaron Pyle
Battle of the Trojans
Coming off 14-12 narrow victory over Iola, Oct. 18, the Girard Trojans traveled to Osawatomie Friday night in a ‘battle of the Trojans.’ Needing a victory, the Trojans put their season on the line in their final game of the regular season.
Both teams battled it out in the first quarter, exchanging touchdowns in what looked to be an offensive shootout. Junior quarterback Caden Lallemand and senior running back Durbie McReynolds provided the touchdowns in the first half as Girard battled it out with Osawatomie going into the half tied 14-14.
For the second half, the Trojans put together arguably one of their best halves offensively scoring three times in the third quarter and twice in the fourth. With the offensive explosion, Girard went on to claim a 56-22 victory over Osawatomie.
McReynolds had a career night for Girard rushing for nearly 170 yards providing a needed spark heading into the postseason.
Unofficial TBA, but the Trojans (4-4) are expected to travel to Columbus Nov. 1 where they will play the Titans (7-1) who coming off a 23-0 loss to the Frontenac Raiders.
Indians remain perfect
In the Indians’ previous matchup, Oct. 18, they were able to easily handle Chetopa 71-0 after the game was called early in the second quarter. Following the victory, the Indians traveled to Le Roy, Oct. 25, in a matchup against the Southern Coffey County Titans.
St. Paul was able to dominate the game early going up 36-0 at the end of the first quarter. Senior quarterback/running back Adam Albertini would leave the game before the end of the first quarter after an apparent leg injury during one of his touchdown runs.
Nevertheless, senior running back Easton Dent and sophomore backup quarterback Landon Beachner filled the role of helping the Indians prevail 64-14 over the Titans.
During Albertini’s time on the field, the senior finished the game with three carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Albertini also tallied up an interception touchdown, a kickoff return as well as a punt return. Dent had a monster night running the ball for the Indians with nine carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Stepping into the quarterback role, Beachner became a key piece for St. Paul carrying the ball three times for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
With the victory, the Indians remain perfect for the regular season at 8-0 marking the first undefeated finish for coach Keith Wiatrak. They begin the first round of the playoffs as the #1 seed, Oct. 31 in a home matchup against either Waverly or Hartford.
Other area scores:
Humboldt (8-0) 50 vs. Southeast (6-2) 18
Erie (2-6) 32 vs. Northeast (1-7) 0