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Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Girard Trojans

Trojans are 1-0 to start the year.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Sep 8, 2020

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This weeks Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week from Southeast Kansas is the Girard HIgh School football team.

Girard, led by head coach Neal Philpot, was down 12-0 in the second quarter before scoring 20 unanswered points in the game to win 20-12 over St. Mary's Colgan on Thursday in Pittsburg. Caden Lallamend had a huge night with three total touchdowns in the game, two passing that went to Connor Olivera who had a big-time game for the Trojans. Gabe Davenport also had a huge interception in the game for the Trojans. The offensive and defensive lines, big and physical for the Trojans, paved the way for the season opening victory. Luke Niggamen also had a key punt that pinned Colgan deep one the one yard line late in the fourth quarter. 

The Trojans noteworthy week one victory has opened the eyes to many in 3A and the CNC as the team looks to be much improved. It marked the first time that Girard had played Colgan since 2017. For years it was a mainstay game that was always the fiirst game of the year especially some of the 1990s battles with Craig Crespino and Chuck Smith. 

After talking with several people in the media and around the program, many believe that the three quarters of football the Trojans had in the second, third and fourth were the best three quarters of football they've played in the last 3-4 seasons. Congrats to the Trojans on their week one victory from Craw-Kan! 

GHS is at home this Friday as they host Baxter Springs (0-1).

Producers Co-Op Farm-Store is also a proud supporter of Girard Trojan Athletics with Sports in Kansas. 


Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2020-2021 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" for the seventh consecutive season.

"I am looking forward to this partnership again for another year 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, it's became quite the popular feature over the last six or seven years," said Sports in Kansas CEO, 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. It's also going to several other areast in Southeast Kansas. We are also doing a Craw-Kan All-Access show this year with video of interviews with athletes that will feature reporter Bethany Bowman.” 

"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-Wednesday 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, plus Erie, Pittsburg and Parsons. 

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: sportsinkansas@gmail.com

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