GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard gave up a 14-0 lead to West Branch Friday night, but was eventually able to re-take it in the final minute for a 29-23 victory.
The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Jimmy Jones ran it in from 15 yards out with 5:21 to play in the first quarter, capping an 8 play, 46 yard drive.
The Indians extended their lead to 14-0 when Andrew DelGarbino slammed it in from a yard out with 10:17 left in the second quarter.
But the Warriors weren’t ready to pack it in quite yet. Brock Hillyer ran in a score from 43 yards out with 8:02 left in the quarter to pull West Branch within one score. Hillyer then scored again, this time from one yard out, with just :15 remaining in the first half to send the game to the locker room tied at 14-14. The score was set up by a Nick Wilson interception return of 50 yards.
The Warriors carried that momentum into the second half in a big way with Hillyer finding the end zone for the third time with 6:18 left in the third quarter. After the PAT failed, the Warriors held a 20-14 lead.
A 24 yard field goal from Jared Butler extended that lead to 23-14 with under a minute to play in the third.
Jones got back in the end zone for the Indians with 6:54 left in game to close the gap to 23-21.
The Indians put on a massive 12 play, 96 yard drive to re-take the lead with just over one minute to play, capped by a Morgan Clardy seven yard touchdown run. A two point conversion was converted by DelGarbino to give Girard a 29-23 lead.
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