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Class 3A District 2

CNC Conference

School Colors: Maroon and Gold

Head Coach: Neal Philpot (17-21, 5th season)

Assistant coaches: Jeremiah Hudson, Ben Niggemann, Jeff Leslie, Jacob Towery, Justin Zornes


“I expect our kids to play hard every down and hope they can see the importance to detail of what we do on a daily basis.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 4-6 (Second Round)
  • 2019: 4-5 (First Round)
  • 2018: 5-4 (First Round)
  • 2017: 4-6 (First Round)
  • 2016: 5-6 (Second Round)


The Trojans were presented the challenge of playing well over half their games on the road. The 2020 season was yet another in which Girard flirted with a .500 record. They beat Columbus in the first round of the playoffs, ultimately falling to Prairie View the following week. “The best part of last season was how we finished the season playing our best football,” says Philpot. “We can be pretty good if we execute what we are supposed to be doing.”


LB/TE Brecken Troike (Sr) 6’1”, 220 lb – 1st Team CNC

CB/WR Gage Davenport (Sr) 6’2”, 170 lb

RB/LB Ethan Merrell (Sr) 6’2”, 200 lb

QB/FS Luke Niggemann (Jr) 6’3”, 180 lb

RB/LB Alex Coester (Jr) 6’2”, 180 lb

OL/DL Cordell Searan (Jr) 6’1”, 185 lb

K Garrett Humble (Jr) 5’9”, 140 lb


WB/CB Beau Harris (Jr) 5’6”, 150 lb

RB/LB Josh Boore (Sr) 5’8”, 175 lb

RB/DL Adam Shireman (Jr) 6’1”, 180 lb

WB/CB Drake Brooks (Sr) 5’6”, 145 lb

WR/CB Wyatt Foley (Sr) 6’1”, 155 lb

OL/DL Riley Peak (Sr) 6’1”, 230 lb

OL/LB Michael Clugston (Sr) 6’1” 195 lb


9/3 vs. Colgan

9/10 @ Baxter

9/17 vs. Columbus

9/24 @ Anderson County

10/1 @ Prairie View

10/8 @ Burlington

10/15 vs. Iola

10/22 vs. Frontenac


Coach Philpot lists Brecken Troike, Ethan Merrell, Gage Davenport, Luke Niggemann and Alex Coester as the guys he expects to lead the Trojans in 2021. They all bring game experience to the table. With that said, the skill positions will be the strength of this team because of the experience they have. Conversely, the offensive and defensive lines lack experience and there will be many new faces. Cordell Searan is listed as the only returning starter to the lines. “I think our OL/DL will grow up quickly, so I am excited about that group,” Philpot says. To be successful in the fall and to finally get over that .500 record hump that the Trojans seem to be stuck in, Girard’s biggest focus should be on limiting turnovers and self-inflicted mistakes.

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