Hardin-Central got the first score of the game Friday night as they hosted South Holt at Lee Meador Field. However, that would be about it for the Bulldog fans as the visiting Knights put up the final 62 points in a 62-6 romp.
The Bulldogs, now 2-2 for the season, just could not keep up with the much faster South Holt offense according to Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker.
“As the old saying goes – speed kills,” he said. “What a good football team South Holt has. They hit hard and are strong and very fast. They run three and four wide sets – hit you with the pass early, and then run the ball out of the same sets. They are a well-oiled machine when they get going.”
The Knights machine sputtered just a bit in the opening when their first four plays were incomplete passes, but after that, Scoot Anderson completed 14 of his next 18 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns. The Bulldogs got on the board on their fourth possession of the game as Chris Wilson, who led the Bulldog rushing chart for the evening with 100 yards on 22 attempts, capped a five-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.
“We did very well to start the game,” Thacker said. “We had the ball inside their 10 three times and could only get one score. We didn’t execute very well after that. Their speed made us look and clumsy at times. We would start a good drive and something would happen. We didn’t block or tackle very well at all.”
The Bulldogs would end the night with 214 rushing yards on 47 attempts with Patrick King completing 4 of his 14 passes for 30 yards with one interception. King would also add 74 yards on the ground on 18 carries.
After Wilson’s touchdown, the Hardin-Central lead lasted for one play, as Anderson, who also picked up 88 rushing yards on six carries, broke loose for a 54-yard scoring run and then passed for the 2-point conversion.
Before the second quarter was over, the Knights found the end zone four more times and took a 35-6 cushion into the locker room at the half. Anderson added a 9-yard strike to Toby Prussman, followed by a 44-yard run by Tyler Costello, who ended the night with 130 yards rushing on 10 carries. Anderson then closed out the half with a 22-yard and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Doughty.
Anderson would also add a 5-yard touchdown run to his nightly total early in the third quarter. South Holt scored two more times in the third and added its final touchdown in the fourth.
Wilson also led the Bulldog defense with 10 tackles, while King added 5. Daniel Carpenter, Lukas Milligan and Scott Spencer were in on 4 tackles each. King and Spencer had one interception apiece.
Photo: Hardin-Central’s Chris Wilson gets facemasked by a South Holt defender in Friday night’s game in Hardin. The penalty gave the Bulldogs good field position, but they did not score. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)