Lions finish strong to hand Dawgs a loss

Hardin-Central’s senior Hank Bowers intercepts a pass intended for St. Joseph’s Chris Fry. Bower had two interceptions in the first half of play. )Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Hardin-Central Bulldogs seemed in control of things Friday night as they held a 14-0 halftime lead over visiting St. Joseph Christian at Lee Meador Field. However, things went downhill in the second half as the Lions scored the final 40 points to hand the Dawgs their second straight defeat, 46-20.

The Hardin-Central defense put the first points on the board with a safety early in the game. The Bulldog offense then pushed the lead to 8-0 with Sean Utley, who rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries, scored on a 48-yard burst on their next possession. The pass for two points was incomplete.

Hank Bowers put the Dawgs on top 14-0 with a 40-yard run to the end zone two plays after the first of his two interceptions. Bowers, who ended the night with 83 yards rushing on 13 carries, while grabbing four passes for another 30 yards, also had 13 tackles on defense.

The Lions began to claw their way back as David Beard hit the first of his three touchdown passes to Brandon Shank on the opening drive of the third quarter. Shank’s 10-yard reception pulled Christian to within eight points, but the try for two was stopped short. Hardin-Central seemed to be back in control, when Bowers returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards for a touchdown and a 20-6 lead after the failed two-point conversion run.

The rest of the night would belong to the Lions with Shank and Beard taking over.

The complete story is in the Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 Richmond News.

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