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“It was a terrible night to be a Bulldog.”
That was how Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker summed up his team’s 60-6 loss Friday to Miami at Lee Meador Field. The Bulldogs managed just three first downs in the game as they fell to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in District 1 play. Hardin-Central ended the night with minus-1 yards rushing while Jake Harris completed half of his 16 passes for 90 yards and the lone touchdown.
“We just played awful in all aspects of the game,” Thacker said. “I cannot think of very many things that were positive. We have had eight ball games and we have not played the same in any of them. We have no consistency – good or bad. I am not sure until game time what team will show up.”
Thacker adds he is still searching for the right chemistry and its identity.
While the Bulldog offense struggled and committed three turnovers, the Eagle offense rolled along on the legs of Ryan Good and Timmy Powell. Good ran for 207 yards on 16 carries, with Powell picking up 144 more yards on 17 carries as part of Miami’s 381-yard rushing night. Each scored three touchdowns.
“Miami has done a lot of off-season work to get bigger and better,” Thacker said. “They were big and really just came out and smashed us in the mouth. They dominated both sides of the ball. We couldn’t tackle Powell. We have spent the last two weeks working on tackling in practice and they just shredded us.”
The first Hardin-Central possession of the night ended with a safety, and the first Miami possession of the game ended with Good scoring on a 32-yard run. The Eagles would control the rest of the night. Powell opened the second period with a 13-yard run, followed by a 41-yard scoring romp from Good for a 26-0 lead as Miami made all three 2-point conversion attempts.
The Bulldogs’ lone score came in the second period with Harris hitting Chris Wilson for a 39-yard pass play, however, the pass for the conversion failed. Good wrapped up the first-half scoring with a 48-yard run as the Eagles took a 32-6 cushion into the intermission.
Powell had a hand in all three Miami touchdowns in the third quarter as he ran for 4- and 5-yard scores, and then completed a 22-yard scoring strike to Garrett Gutshall to push the lead to 54-6 entering the final 12 minutes. Powell ended the evening completing both pass attempts for 28 yards, while quarterback Dylan Fink hit 4 of 11 aerials for 19 more yards.
Jeff Harper put a lid on the scoring with a 23-yard run on his second carry of the night with 1:31 left to play.
PHOTO: Hardin’s Chris Wilson (30) eludes Miami’s Garrett Gutshall for rushing yardage in the first half of Friday’s game in Hardin. Wilson later rushed for a touchdown in this possession. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)