Bulldogs finding their stride as Chilhowee visits Meador Field

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Hardin-Central Bulldogs get ready for the home stretch of the 2013 football season with an eye on gaining the top seed in District 4. The fourth-ranked Dawgs had very little trouble last week in a 66-0 Homecoming victory over Union Star in a game that was called after two quarters.

Hardin-Central (6-1) faces Chilhowee at Lee Meador Field in a battle of district teams as well as CRC foes for the 7 p.m. kickoff. After facing a tough three-game stretch in which they went 2-1, the Dawgs have put together back-to-back routs – 90-56 at Northwest Hughesville and last week’s 66-0 win.

Hardin-Central coach Kirk Thacker adds that although those wins may look impressive, his team still has some work ahead of it.

“At the end of the season, you want to be playing your best ball and when you play a team like that (Union Star) I think it gives you a confidence boost, but can also give you a false confidence boost,” he said. “You would like a little tougher competition the closer you get to the playoffs. It was great for the kids to get playing time and great for stats, but looking down the road a false sense of security could come out of it, too.”

The Bulldogs face a Chilhowee team that has one win this season – a 70-38 victory over Northwest. Last week, the Indians dropped a 42-24 decision to visiting Norborne. Like the last three opponents, the Indians lost a lot of key players to graduation. Thacker said turnover in 8-man football makes schedule strength very unpredictable.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 Richmond News.

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