By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Hardin-Central coach Kirk Thacker feels his Bulldogs will have no trouble putting last Friday night’s loss at North Andrew behind them. After falling to the No. 1-ranked Cardinals 52-8 at Rosendale last week, the Dawgs hit the road again Friday night to face St. Joseph Christian.
Thacker said his team began to wear down last week against a physical North Andrew team that also held a big advantage on roster size as well.
“When you go 32 versus 14 or 13 in our case last week – the numbers eventually get you,” he said. “They are a very strong team. There’s a reason they’re No. 1. They’ve got great athletes. Usually when we play them we are at least the same size, but these guys were a lot bigger. They were solid all the way through.”
The Bulldogs knew going in that the No. 1 goal would be keep the Cardinals’ fullback Quayde Bauman in check. However, the bruising runner ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns.
“He’s by far the best back in 8-man right now,” Thacker said. “He gets those shoulders low and gets behind them. Even if you get him in the backfield, he’s diving forward the whole time and getting at least 2 or 3 yards on just the dive alone. He runs downhill and runs hard.”
The Dawgs face a Christian team that racked up its first win in three games this season as the Lions blanked Chilhowee 42-0. The Lions 1-3 record is rare for coach Mark Juhl’s team.