By: Aaron Pyle
Following their 35-21 win over Anderson County, the Trojans met with the Prairie View Buffaloes for a highly-anticipated matchup. The Trojans fell just short of forcing an overtime as they fell to the Buffaloes 14-6 Friday night.
The defense was the story of the game for both teams as the scoring was kept to a minimum. Girard’s defense came up huge on Prairie View’s opening drive forcing a turnover on downs near the goal line.
Girard fumbled on their next possession giving the buffaloes excellent field positioning. This then led to Prairie View running the ball for a touchdown putting the Buffaloes ahead 7-0 at the end of the first.
Early in the second quarter, Junior Durbie McReynolds snagged an impressive interception giving the Trojans great field positioning. This turnover would lead to the Trojans driving down the field and running the ball in with Senior Kreed Curran.
In a defensive battle, the score at halftime was 6-7 in favor of Prairie View.
Prairie View soon responded in the third quarter with their explosive rushing attack putting the Buffaloes ahead 14-6.
With a big fourth down stop late in the fourth quarter, the Trojans found themselves with an opportunity for overtime with a little over a minute remaining. Girard drove down the field off excellent throws from senior Ty Norris and catches from his explosive receivers. But the Trojans fell just short as the Buffaloes prevailed 14-6.
“We fought and that’s something to build off of…the kids have to learn some of these things sometimes just aren’t going to go our way,” said Coach Neal Philpot
Girard (3-3) will face off against the Iola Mustangs (2-4) in a non-conference matchup as the Trojans approach district play.