CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Behind three Mark Waid touchdown passes to Michael Belcik, Girard edged Lakeview, 33-31, on Friday in an opening-round Division IV playoff game. The Indians advance to play Perry next week.
Waid and Belcik connected on TD passes of 4, 15 and 82 yards. Waid also scored on TD runs of 4 and 1 yards — the latter giving the Indians a 33-24 lead they never relinquished.
Waid finished with 112 rush yards on 30 carries, while he threw for 361 yards on 27 of 44 passing.
Girard fought back from a 17-6 deficit, while Lakeview missed a potential go-ahead 44-yard field goal with just 1:59 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead on Noah Busefink’s 35-yard field goal. Girard then lost a fumble, and Zach Rogers connected with Connor Greenwood for a 41-yard TD pass and 10-0 Lakeview lead.
The Indians got on the board late in the second quarter on Waid’s 4-yard TD run to make it 10-6. Lakeview responded with an Evan Adair 5-yard TD run to push its lead back to 17-6.
Just before half, Waid hooked up with Michael Belcik on a 4-yard TD pass to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 17-12. In the third quarter, Waid found Belick again — this time for a 15-yard TD pass — to give the Indians a 20-17 lead.
Lakeview answered with a 42-yard TD pass from Rogers to Noah Olejnik to take a 24-20 advantage. But Waid shot right back with an 82-yard TD pass to Belcik for a 26-24 Girard lead.
Waid then ran in a TD from 1-yard out in the fourth quarter. But Adair’s 11-yard TD cut Lakeview’s deficit to 33-31.
The Indians racked up 475 total yards, while Lakeview totaled 431 yards. Zach Rogers passed for 263 yards on 13 of 22 passing, while Tony Crish ran for 91 yards on 17 attempts.
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