Jeffers Goes Off For 326, 4TD’s In Win Over Girard

GIRARD- Coming into this intriguing match-up both teams hovered right around a .500 record.

Burlington held above .500 at 4-3, and Girard was sitting just shy at 3-4 with first year head coach, Neal Philpot at the helm.

To start the game, Burlington won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

Just two plays into their first drive, the Wildcats scored on a designed Quarterback run play from 59 yards out by Senior Connor Jeffers.

With the made extra point, Burlington took the early 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, Girard couldn’t gain much traction as they ended up punting the ball away after getting one first down and taking some time off of the clock.

Not much longer than it took the WIldcats in their first possession, they scored once again on a designed quarterback run play.

This one would come from their own 40 yard line and would increase the lead to 14-0 with 5:55 remaining in the opening quarter of play.

Unlike their first series, Girard got the ball back and drove straight down the field.

After a 6 play 65 yard drive, Camden McFarland punched the rock into the endzone on a 7 yard run play.

After a made extra point, Girard showed that they weren’t going to go away easily, as they cut into Burlington’s lead 14-7.

No more fireworks were shot off until mid- second quarter when McFarland scored on the ground once again, this time coming on a 4th and 1 play from the BHS 3 yard line.

The play was set up by a 6 minute and 5 second drive that started at the Burlington 29 yard line.

Following the touchdown, Coach Philpot elected to go for 2 and the lead.

The Trojans would convert on the 2pt try and would take a 15-14 lead with 5:55 remaining in the first half.

Burlington would score two more times before the half, including a 78 yard run by Jeffers with 1:01 remaining on the clock.

The Wildcats would increase the score to 28-15 in result to the touchdowns and would hold firm going into the halftime break.

The only score of the third quarter came on a 15 yard TD run by Burlington’s Jeffers.

The Wildcats would also convert a 2pt conversion to go up 36-15.

Girard would strike back mid-way through the 4th however, as Quarteback Kyler Siebert found Senior Josiah Thomason for a 27 yard touchdown pass.

That play came with 7:48 remaining on the game clock.

The Trojans would go for 2 and fail to convert, leaving the score at 36-21.

Burlington’s Jeffers wasn’t done yet though, as he broke yet another run for a touchdown.

This time coming from his own 31 yard line.

Burlington would convert another 2 point conversion and increase their lead to 44-21 with just 2:48 remaining on the clock.

Girard managed to cross the goal line once more before the clock struck zero,  but it was too little too late as Burlington would take home the victory 44-28.

Both teams played a good ballgame, but Burlington’s Jeffers was not going to be denied.

Connor Jeffers finished the night with 326 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns on just 15 carries.

Burlington improves to 5-3 on the year and 2-0 in district play as they will travel to Anderson County for the final regular season game of the year.

Girard fall to 3-5 on the season but still obtains a 1-1 district record. They will play at home next week against a very beatable Iola squad.