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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Hank Bowers scored three touchdowns in the opening period to get the Hardin-Central Bulldogs started on the way to a 58-8 rout of visiting Norborne Friday night. The Bulldogs’ victory in the regular season finale gives Hardin-Central a 6-3 record to take into the opening District 4 game Friday night. The Dawgs will host 1-1 Lincoln in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Lee Meador Field.
The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions Friday night with Bowers capping each drive on runs of 8, 17 and 29 yards. The second Hardin-Central score was set up by one of two interceptions by Bowers, who ended the evening with 113 yards rushing on nine carries. The Hardin-Central defense shut down the Pirates all night long. In addition to holding Norborne, now 2-6, to just 15 yards rushing and 59 yards passing, the Dawgs recorded four quarterback sacks resulting in a loss of 14 yards.
David Klein led the way in getting to quarterback Tyler McNelly with two sacks, while Matt Hymiller and Cole Leakey had one apiece. Hymiller, the sophomore linebacker, also recorded a team-high 23 tackles for the evening. Evan Griggs was in on 16 Bulldog tackles. Hardin-Central also picked off a half-dozen Pirate passes. In addition to Bowers, Colton Layman also had two interceptions, with Hymiller and Gage Marshall each getting one.
The complete story is in the Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 Richmond News.