By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Following a successful start to the 2013 football season last week, the Hardin-Central Bulldogs are back home Friday night as they host Stewartsville at Lee Meador Field. The Dawgs got the season going by scoring early and often on the way to a 46-0 win in Barnard against South Nodaway.
Hardin-Central, ranked No. 6 in this week’s 8-man poll, piled up 334 rushing yards last week with three new starters along the offensive line. Coach Kirk Thacker liked what he saw from the three newcomers.
“Tommy Burton, our sophomore center, never started a game; David Klein and Jett Gabert, our two tackles had been backups and they all did fine,” Thacker said. “I was really impressed with what they did.”
The Hardin-Central line could get some help for Friday night as Thacker said Allen Hall, a returning starter from last season, could be back after missing last week with an injury. He added that Michael Carpenter could return in a couple of weeks after hurting his knee in the jamboree.
Thacker said the injuries depleted his bench last week with only four extra players available. However, the huge early Bulldog lead allowed them to get valuable playing time.
This week the Dawgs face Stewartsville with the Cardinals coming off a 26-20 decision over Norborne on opening week. Stewartsville is led by quarterback Blake Hays. Hays carried 12 times for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while completing 2 of 8 passes for another 64 yards and another two touchdowns. The Bulldogs were able to keep him in check last year during Hardin-Central’s 60-0 victory. Thacker said Hays is an elusive runner.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 Richmond News.