Dawgs focusing on strong finish

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Hardin-Central Bulldogs won two of the three games in what coach Kirk Thacker called his team’s toughest stretch of the regular season.

Last Friday night’s 84-36 thumping of the Lions at St. Joseph Christian gave the Dawgs a 2-1 record during that stretch with the lone setback coming at No. 1-ranked North Andrew.

However, Thacker and his Bulldogs are not going to relax as they take another road trip – this one to Hughesville to take on Northwest.

“This week we are focused on not having a letdown,” Thacker said. “Northwest is down quite a bit this year, but I know they will have something special for us. If we just go out and play our game, and do what we’ve been doing all season we’ll be fine.”

The Mustangs enter Friday night’s 7 p.m. kickoff with a 2-3 record after last week’s 52-26 win over Missouri School for the Deaf. The other victory came over KC East 62-30.

The Bulldogs put together their most productive running attack last week. Hardin-Central piled up almost 500 yards on the ground with Rhyler Estenbaum picking up 330 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries, while Sean Utley added 162 more yards on 19 attempts with three touchdowns.

Thacker said a lot of credit goes to the offensive line.

“The line did very well,” he said. “They got their blocks and it was a great effort by both Utley and Rhyler. They both have the speed that once they are out in space they run away from people. That’s really what happened. The line got a nice little chip block downfield and was just enough for our backs to get out in space and the rest was on them.”

The complete story is in the Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 Richmond News.



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