Girard returned one of the top passing attacks in District 10 this season. Now, sophomore Kel Barnes is forcing the YellowJackets to include the running game as well.
Barnes rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 24-7 win over rival Fairview last week. The 5-foot 10-inch, 164-pounder helped the YellowJackets pull away by scoring on a 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Barnes’ production gives Girard a balanced attack on offense that could be tough for region opponents to slow down.
Because of Barnes’ play, QB Joe Dunn, who averaged 19.7 passes per game in 2011, attempted only 11 against the Tigers.
Barnes won a close vote over Youngsville’s Rocco Gatta, as almost 1,500 votes were cast.