Dawgs feel defense is improved as season approaches

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker believes his team is ahead of where it was one year ago as the Bulldogs travel to Barnard to meet South Nodaway in the 2013 8-man season-opener Friday night.

The Dawgs are coming off a 8-4 campaign last fall and even though there are a few holes to fill, Thacker likes what he has seen from his team in the early practices and last week’s jamboree with Southwest Livingston County, Chilhowee and Norborne.

“I think we’re a little ahead of schedule from last year,” he said. “We had a lot of kids either ineligible or hurt at this time last year, but we looked a lot better and executed a lot better than we did last year.”

Thacker added that after watching the jamboree tape, he thought the Bulldogs’ performance was even better. He said there were a few minor mistakes, but expected them to be easily corrected.

The Longhorns are coming off four consecutive 3-7 seasons. Hardin-Central rolled to a 54-28 victory at home to begin the 2012 season despite giving up a lot of passing yards.

“They threw, threw and threw all last year and if we did not have those five interceptions and a fumble recovery, we would’ve been in a shootout with them,” Thacker said. “We got lucky enough to keep ahead of them.”

The Bulldog coach said South Nodaway will have a big front line and knows the Longhorns will once again come out passing to test his defense that has a few new faces. Thacker believes his defense is an improved unit over last fall’s team, and said the line is one of the reasons. However, he knows there are a few spots he will be keeping an eye on.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 Richmond News.

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