By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs scored on their first possession Friday night and were never threatened as they opened the 2014 season with a convincing 44-8 over South Nodaway at Lee Meador Field.
The Dawgs kept the Longhorns out of the end zone until the final 10 seconds of the contest when Regan Meyer crashed in from a yard out. Meyer provided most of the South Nodaway offensive production by accounting for 179 of the Longhorns’ 213 rushing yards. South Nodaway managed just 25 yards through the air.
While the defense was shutting down most of the Longhorn attack, the Hardin-Central ground game got a one-two punch from Sean Utley and Rhyler Estenbaum. Utley ran for 120 yards on 21 carries, with Estenbaum adding 108 more on 11 attempts.
Utley also threw for 77 more yards and a pair of touchdowns as he completed four of six passes.
It was the passing combination of Utley and Matt Hymiller getting the scoring started. Hymiller, who caught all four of Utley’s completions, grabbed a 34-yard scoring strike to cap the opening possession. Estenbaum broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run on the next Hardin-Central possession with Utley running the conversion for a 14-0 Bulldog lead.