By Russ Green-Sports Editor
A pair of 1-0 teams meet Friday night at Stewartsville as the Hardin-Central Bulldogs take their first road trip of the 2014 season.
Hardin-Central coach Kirk Thacker was disappointed in his team’s final tune-up before last week’s season-opener at home with South Nodaway.
However, the Bulldogs had little trouble in starting the new campaign with a convincing 44-8 victory over the Longhorns. While the Dawgs were getting past South Nodaway, the Cardinals battled to get past the Pirates in Norborne 28-22.
After struggling on both sides of the ball during the jamboree, the Bulldogs came back last Friday and controlled the offensive and defensive line battles as they rolled up 308 rushing yards and allowed just 238 yards of total offense to South Nodaway.
“We looked bad in the jamboree – blocking and tackling-wise,” Thacker said. “We worked all week on that and they took the challenge and responded well.”
The Bulldog pass defense surrendered just 25 yards last week and Thacker knows his air defense will be tested this week. Stewartsville struggled running the football, but sophomore quarterback Gage Rush hit 11 of 15 attempts for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cardinal victory.
“He’s not as elusive as their quarterback last year, but he has a better arm,” Thacker said. “We watched him on tape and with the receivers they have, they are a threat.”
The Cardinal receivers spread the wealth last week with Daniel Bell grabbing a pair of passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 Richmond News.