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Community rallies as Girard team heads to state

By Samatha Philips-Vindicator, 11/29/18, 3:30PM EST

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GIRARD

All of the extra training the Girard Indians have done may pay off this weekend at the Division IV state championship game.

“It’s a great honor,” said city schools athletic director Nick Cochran.

If the Indians beat Cincinnati’s Wyoming Cowboys at Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, it will be the first football team in Girard’s history to claim the title of state football champions.

“Our kids have done a great job by keeping their composure ... just trying to worry about the team ahead of us,” Cochran said. “We are working every day to get better.”

The community is invited to wish the team good luck Friday about 8 p.m. as it departs for Canton from Girard High School.

The Indians will leave after Girard’s

varsity basketball game, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Cochran said the send-off could start a little earlier depending on what time the basketball game ends.

“It’s pretty exciting to see the community rally around the team,” said Girard schools Superintendent David Cappuzzello.

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All-American Conference

The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.