BAXTER SPRINGS - Girard started the 2018 football season with a 26-0 shut out in Baxter Springs. Senior Chandler Humble led a great Trojan ground game with 16 carries for 96 yards. Humble scored the Trojan’s first touchdown with a sideline catch and run at the 18 from senior Ty Norris with two minutes gone in the season.
At the start of the second quarter Girard began at their 36. Norris caught senior Evan Trioke wide open at the Lions’ 43. Troike went on in from there for a 63 yard touchdown.
The Trojans started at the midfield 50 yard line at the end of the first half. Norris went up the middle into the Lions’ territory at the 43. Curran ran to the 31, and Humble ran to the 25, then to the 19. Norris on a keeper went right side to the six. A sack by the Lions’ senior Michael Dardenne put the ball back a yard. Curran caught Norris’ pass in the end zone with 36 seconds left to lead 18-0 at the half.
Baxter Springs started the second half with a little momentum when sophomore Kain McCully on a 11 yard run moved the Lions to their 40. A Lion false start put them back to the 24. A lost fumble set the Trojans up at the 14. After a s short Trojan run to the 11, Curran with a end around ran in with three minutes gone in the third quarter.
With three previous failed extra point attempts, Norris ran the 2-point conversion for the final 26 points. Norris finished with 6-of-9 passes for 128 yards, and rushed for 54 yards.
The Trojan defense stopped the Lions with only 66 total yards of offense. With inexperienced receivers, and Girard’s constant pressure, senior quarterback Trey White was able to complete just four passes for 31 yards. The Lions had a net 28 yards on the ground the first half, and 17 yards in the second half.
Girard will stay home next Friday and host the Galena Bulldogs. Baxter Springs will host their rival Riverton.