By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs – a bit more confident after last week’s come-from-behind, and three-game-losing-skid snapping 44-38 win at Union Star – hit the road again as they travel to Chilhowee Friday night. The Dawgs, also battling some key injuries, certainly did not want to get off to a bad start last week, but found themselves down 18 points in the first quarter and eight points entering the fourth quarter.
However, Hardin-Central rallied twice in the game and scored two touchdowns in the final 1:20 to snap its skid and improve to 4-3. Bulldog Coach Kirk Thacker said despite the struggles from the previous weeks, his team did not get down on its self.
“We’ve done that twice this year,” he said. “We were down 18 to Southwest and came back, so we kind of kept that in the back of our mind when we did go down last week. We made our adjustments at the end of the first quarter and things got better.”
Union Star receiver Jake Mitchell, who hauled in a pair of scoring strikes in the first quarter, was held to just one catch in the second half against Hardin-Central’s makeshift secondary. The Bulldog defensive line also stepped up the pressure and Thacker credits the play of Colton Layman, Chase Sims, Cole Leakey and Robbie Eaton in helping the Bulldogs’ effort.
The Chilhowee attack, under new head coach Gary Ligon, is more balanced then the pass-happy attacks the Bulldogs have seen the past few weeks. However, four-year starter Colter Armstrong is still a dangerous passer, according to Thacker.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Thacker said. “He’s a pocket passer and he will pick you apart if you don’t get after him and make him move. He’s not very accurate when he’s on the move, so we want to chase him out of the pocket.”
The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Richmond News.