Week 1: Girard at Niles, 8/28

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2014 High School Football Game of the Week
Thursday, August 28, 2014 on MyYTV (10 PM taped delay)
Girard at Niles

Last Five Meetings
Aug. 29, 2013 – Niles, 38-19
Aug. 23, 2012 – Niles, 34-13
Sept. 30, 2011 – Girard, 31-6
Oct. 8, 2010 – Girard, 28-21
Oct. 2, 2009 – Girard, 54-6

Series Note: Niles has won the last two meetings by an average of 20 points per outing. However, Girard had knocked off the Red Dragons four straight years prior to their current skid against Niles.

Last Meeting: Niles’ senior quarterback Kyle Paden completed 26 of 35 passes for 362 yards en route to a 38-19 win by the Red Dragons at Girard’s Arrowhead Field. Paden completed two long passes (72 yards to Justin Lopes and 50-yards to Chris Parry) for scores.

Memorable Showdown
September, 26, 2008 – Girard 28 Niles 21 (2 OT)
The Indians’ Kyle Stadelmyer ran for over 100-yards and scored twice to go along with an interception. However, Stadelmyer left the game with an injury. In both of the overtime sessions, Dan Graziano tossed a touchdown (to Tallen Birmingham and to Michael Floravit) to lead Girard past Niles.

Noteworthy
Pat Pearson will make his debut as the head coach of the Girard Indians. He will become the sixth head coach of the Indians in the past 29 years. Of those head coaches, only two have had winning campaigns in their initial season. Nick Cochran was 6-4 in 2010 and Joe Jeswald was 8-2 in 1989…Girard has lost three of their last four season openers.

Niles’ Brian Shaner has amassed 13 wins in his first two years at the helm of the Red Dragons. The last coach to accomplish this feat in his first two seasons at Niles was Dave Pappada (13 wins in 1985-86). However, Coach Shaner was the first coach to take the Red Dragons to the playoffs in his first year (2012)…The Dragons have won their last five season openers.

2013 Rankings
Points Scored: Girard, 41.3; Niles, 36.2
Points Allowed: Girard, 22.9; Niles, 34.3

Coaches
Girard: Pat Pearson, 1st season (0-0)
Niles: Brian Shaner, 3rd season at Niles (13-8)

Next Up
Girard: Hubbard (Week 2), Warren JFK (Week 3), at Campbell (Week 4)
Niles: Liberty (Week 2), at West Branch (Week 3), Struthers (Week 4)

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