By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It might take a while to replace the light bulbs and fuses in the scoreboard at Northwest of Hughesville following Friday night’s game with the visiting Hardin-Central Bulldogs.
The Dawgs scored early and often in a 90-56 victory over the Mustangs as Hardin-Central improves to 6-1 for the season to keep its edge over Southwest Livingston County in the District 4 race.
Hardin-Central rolled up 636 yards on the ground, while allowing the Mustangs to run for 292 yards, with quarterback Daniel Blaylock completing 14 of 30 passes for an additional 147 yards and 5 touchdowns. Cortlen Ausin grabbed a dozen passes for 247 of those.
Rhyler Estenbaum led the Bulldog rushing parade with 255 yards on 23 carries while scoring 4 touchdowns. Estenbaum scored two of those on runs of 48 and 2 yards in the opening period as Hardin-Central grabbed a 30-6 lead. Sean Utley, who completed half of his 4 pass attempts for 76 yards, made both of them count. Utley found Chase Sims for a 30-yard scoring strike in the first quarter, and in the second quarter he connected with Matt Hymiller for a 46-yard touchdown pass.