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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Although he admits that last week’s 58-0 loss at home to North Andrew was embarrassing, Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker vows his team will get back on the winning track. The Bulldogs will look to rebound Friday night as they host the St. Joseph Christian Lions in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Lee Meador Field.
“We’re 3-1, and not 0-4,” Thacker said. “It’s not time to give up the ship and jump off. This is a setback and it hurts. We know we can play well and we have hope for tomorrow. There are still several games left so we can build on that and hope that it’s just a one-time road bump.”
The Dawgs’ night began to crumble early as a blocked punt resulted in a North Andrew touchdown, and then the Cardinals came right back to score again while the Hardin-Central offense could never get going.
“The blocked punt at the beginning really took the wind out of our sails,” Thacker said. “That was totally unexpected and we just didn’t respond.”
The Lions are in a rare rebuilding mode this season after reaching at least 10 wins in each of the past four years. Christian brings a 2-2 record to town after rolling Chilhowee 70-14 Friday night. Last week’s win kept the win-big, lose-big pattern going for the Lions whose other win was 50-12 over South Nodaway. Christian has lost to North Andrew 62-12 and Sacred Heart 69-12.