By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs broke a three-game losing skid to St. Joseph Christian in a big way Friday night with a dominating 84-36 thumping of the Lions at Christian Field. The Bulldogs also bounced back from their only loss of the season last week to top-ranked North Andrew in a big way behind the running of Rhyler Estenbaum and Sean Utley.
Estenbaum piled up 330 yards on 22 carries with 5 touchdowns, while Utley added 162 more yards on 19 attempts with three visits to the end zone. The Dawgs ended up running for 556 yards, with Utley attempting only 4 passes and completing 3 for an additional 42 yards.
Hardin-Central scored the first two touchdowns on a 13-yard Utley run and a 39-yarder by Estenbaum as the Bulldogs grabbed a 16-6 first-period lead. The Bulldogs then broke loose for 30 points in the second quarter to put the game away by halftime. Estenbaum raced in from 71 yards out, followed by Utley’s 47-yard run. Ben Dahlgren, who scored the Lions first touchdown on a 14-yard run in the opening frame, added his second with a 55-yard run. The Bulldogs answered with a 57-yard and a 66-yard run by Estenbaum.
The complete story is in the Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 Richmond News.