Girard looks to build on district opening win over Anderson County

Trojans opened district play with shutout win over the Bulldogs, 41-0, Friday night
Trojans opened district play with shutout win over the Bulldogs, 41-0, Friday night.

Girard, Kan. – Not only did Girard open district play with a win Friday night, but the Trojans shut out previously undefeated Anderson County, 41-0. And it started with the defense.

“There was a lot of people making plays and making plays for the other person — working together and getting bodies to the ball,” say Girard head coach Neil Philpot. “We had some nice young guys step in and give us some fresh looks on the defensive line. And when our older guys were in there, starters were in there — did a very good job of plugging up the gaps and getting where they needed to be.”

“First game on home field. We just wanted to go in there and win on senior night,” says senior Kaiden Harrison.

Girard fell to the Bulldogs by only 7 last year and the team felt like they left some points off the board in that contest.

“That game didn’t really go as we wanted it to,” says senior Dee Whideman. “And when it just comes down to one touchdown and one missed tackle that let them score — kind of hurt more than usual. I saw them on our schedule on my birthday and I was like we’re going to get some payback.”

In the fourth year under head coach Neil Philpot, he says he can see the team’s continuity is paying off.

“Freshman that are freshman are now seniors and you kind of develop a little bit of a culture in what your expectations for communication,” adds Philpot. “You know, we hope to be building on that — continuing to build on that. And got a good group of young guys that are kind of buying into the stuff we’re doing. Hopefully that keeps the future pretty bright.”

As for the win over Anderson County, the Trojans hope to carry that confidence the rest of the season.

“I hope it let’s us know we’re a not bad team. We can beat anybody if we play like that and play with heart,” adds Whideman.

The Trojans got word earlier Monday that Prairie View has canceled this Friday’s game due to coronavirus. Girard is currently looking for an opponent.