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J-D stopped by Garden City in state title game

Face-offs crucial in Rams 13-8 defeat to

That eventually led to three straight Trojan goals in the second quarter, and only a spectacular effort from Evans, who found the net on a back-handed shot in the waning seconds of the half, kept the game tied, 3-3, going to the break.

To that point, Garden City had shown patience in the attack. But with Sullivan continuing to own the face-off circle at the start of the third quarter, the Trojans abandoned its caution and buried J-D with six unanswered goals.

Though Edwards and Ryan McKee would get on the board late in the period, the Trojans still stretched out the margin to 11-5, with three goals in that period from Cody George.

Battling to the end, J-D, who claimed just seven of 25 face-offs overall, pulled within 11-7 with more than five minutes to play as McKee and Mike Engstrom scored, but George's fifth tally with 2:54 left clinched Garden City's second straight state title.

And now Evans departs for Syracuse University, as does top defender Scott Firman. Other stars, including Edwards, Shapiro, Engstrom, Lucas Johnson, Josiah Williams and Jamie McBurney, graduate, too. Thus, it’s up to the likes of Feiner, McKee and Durkin to keep J-D among the elite in 2014 and get yet another shot at sectional and state glory.

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