By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
If Hardin-Central expects to compete with top-ranked North Andrew this Friday in eight-man football, then it must play better than it did last Friday against Southwest of Livingston County, according to Bulldogs coach Kirk Thacker.
Although the Bulldogs (3-0) were “very happy with” last Friday’s 36-20 victory at Lee Meador Field, they must “make up for the mistakes,” Thacker said.
“(We) can’t have that next week,” he said.
Specifically, the Bulldogs can’t commit turnovers as they did during the second half, Thacker commented. Hardin-Central committed five total turnovers, including four second-half turnovers – three fumbles and a third-quarter interception.
“We had opportunities to put the game away and we did not execute in the second half,” he said. “Really, they are a fine team and they did a great job…. They really didn’t make any adjustments.”
Thacker’s counterpart, Tyler Anderson, feels that the Wildcats (2-1) must avoid the mistakes of Week 3 as the season progresses.
“Turnovers killed us, penalties killed us, blocking killed us, not containing killed us,” Anderson said. “When you combine those four things, you’re not going to win too many games. I feel pretty lucky to be within 16 of them, actually.”
It was closer than that for much of the first half. Hardin-Central bolted to a 14-0 lead behind Rhyler Estenbaum’s 36- and 27-yard TD runs and two-point conversion run, but Ethan Crowe’s 42-yard TD pass to Lake Crowe and two-point conversion run made it a six-point ballgame after one quarter.
Estenbaum’s 4-yard TD pass to Sean Utley and two-point run made 22-8 Bulldogs with 10:15 left in the second quarter. Southwest cut it to 22-14 by launching a 12-play, 65-yard drive that chewed up 7:01. Ethan Crowe’s 1-yard TD run with 3:14 capped the drive.
The complete story is in the Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 Richmond News.