Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker was concerned about stopping South Holt’s Kylynn Sisk Friday night. Sisk, the sophomore quarterback, carried the Knights’ offense with 106 yards passing, and 145 yards rushing while scoring five touchdowns in a 74-8 thumping of the Bulldogs.
Sisk completed 8 of his 9 pass attempts as South Holt improved to 2-2. Hardin-Central couldn’t get its offense going and was held to 97 rushing yards and 47 more through the air as the Bulldogs drop to 2-2.
“To say we ran into a buzz saw would be a major understatement,” Thacker said. “They were both bigger and a whole lot faster than us. After the loss they suffered last week, I kind of figured they would try to roll us and they did whatever they wanted to do.”
Further complicating issues for Hardin-Central was the loss of running back Chris Wilson to a neck injury in the first quarter. Wilson, who had been the main force for the Bulldog running attack the last two weeks, gained 13 yards on his six carries before leaving the game.
Jake Harris led the Hardin-Central rushers with 59 yards on 22 attempts, and completed 8 of his 15 pass attempts for 67 yards. Randy Estenbaum caught 4 of those passes for 23 yards, with Mark Carpenter grabbing 2 for 30 more yards.
“Our blocking was terrible, but it was only overshadowed by our tackling,” Thacker said. “We didn’t do much right. Their speed is what hurt us the most. It hurt us on both sides of the ball. We played on our heels all night.”
Sisk got things going for South Holt when he returned the opening kickoff 63 yards for a touchdown, and followed that up with touchdown runs of 24 and 28 yards before the first period was up. The Bulldogs finally got on the board late in the opening quarter when Estenbaum returned a kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown, following a 3-yard scoring run from the Knights’ Tyler Costello.
Harris’ pass for Wilson for the 2-point conversion cut the South Holt lead to 30-8 entering the second quarter. The Knights would answer with two more touchdowns – two of them from Costello who ended the evening with 79 yards rushing on a half-dozen carries.
Sisk added a 39-yard and a 25-yard touchdown run in the third period to take a 66-8 lead into the final period. Toby Prussman wrapped up the scoring with a 6-yard run for South Holt.