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Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Girard Trojans

By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Nov 1, 2016

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The Girard Trojans football team, led by head coach Leon Miller, have earned the Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week after the Trojans beat Iola (38-25) on the road for the 4A-II District III Title on Friday night.

It marked the third straight 4A-II district title for Leon Miller and the Trojans. Since 4A-II began back in 2014, the Trojans have only lost one district game, which came last week to Burlington, going 8-1 over the last three seasons.  The Trojans got into the 4A-II playoffs on a three way (2-1) tie breaker by points. Iola, who also went 2-1, was district runner-up, as Burlington, who also went 2-1, was odd man out by points. 

Girard used a big second half comeback in which they outscored the Mustangs 30-13 as they trailed 12-8 at the half. Senior quarterback Eric Wilson had a huge second half as he scored two rushing touchdowns and scored another through the air to Shane Redfern. After a big defensive stop by Girard, Wilson's 61-yard TD with 15 seconds left put the Trojans up 38-25. Redfern's interception on the last Iola possession with seconds remaining would seal the deal for the Trojans and put them back into the 4A-II playoffs for the third consecutive year.

Girard (4-5) will host Columbus (8-1), who took runner-up in their district as they lost to undefeated CNC Champ Frontenac, on Friday. Girard lost to Columbus 22-6 back in week three of the season. Girard is looking for their first playoff win since the Trojans got one when 4A was an entire classification in 2012 as they defeated Columbus 34-7 in opening round before falling to Chanute to end the 9-2 run that season.

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Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week". 

"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg” 

"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."

Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter. 

Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL

Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up. 

How to nominate?

email: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com