Battle for Belmont goes to Girard

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard hands Liberty their first loss in the series in four years as the Indians won their rivalry game, 26-3.

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The Leopards opened the game by scoring midway through the second quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Brendan Gilmartin following an 11-play drive.

The next 26-points were scored by Girard as Mark Waid found Collin Harden twice and Matt Brink and Jacob Ryser both scampered into the endzone to take back supremacy of Belmont Avenue.

The Indians’ defense held Liberty to just 67 total yards on 44 plays from scrimmage. Girard rushed for 216 yards led by Ryser’s 146. Waid passed for 22 yards and rushed for 33.

For the Leopards, Dra Rushton connected on 5 of 9 passing for 12 stripes. He also led the team in rushing with 34.

Girard finished the season with a 2-8 mark as Liberty falls to 3-7.

Scoring Chart
Girard 26 Liberty 3
Second Quarter
L – Brendan Gilmartin, 40-yard FG (L 3-0), 5:21
G – Collin Harden, 5-yard TD catch from Mark Waid (G 7-3), 2:58
Third Quarter
G – Matt Brink, 5-yard TD run (G 14-7), 4:23
Fourth Quarter
G – Collin Harden, 12-yard TD catch from Mark Waid (G 20-3), 3:56
G – Jacob Ryser, 1-yard TD run (G 26-3), 3:38

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