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It wasn’t about revenge for Hardin QB, but it was sweet nonetheless

Current Hardin-Central quarterback Sean Utley will remember this year’s Northwest Hughesville game more fondly than the one two years ago.
In the earlier game, Utley sustained a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The labrum is a fibrous material that helps stabilize the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket.
Utley needed surgery as a result of the injury and missed the rest of the season.
He wasn’t the starting QB two years ago, but he is now. The memory of the injury was still fresh when the Northwest Hughesville Mustangs came calling again last weekend.
The quarterback has been having a good season, but last week’s homecoming parade wasn’t about passing or running as much as having fun and promoting school spirit.
Utley, who wears No. 23 for the Bulldogs, was greeted by something unusual. His mother, Joan Utley, and family members Aubrey Utley, 8, Kynsleigh Utley, 6, and Emerson Utley, 4, were along the parade route to cheer when he passed. Each wore a Bulldogs t-shirt with a large No. 23 to express their pride in the Hardin senior.
“They were there to support him,” Joan Utley said.
Sean Utley wasn’t out to avenge his injury, but he did prove a point with his performance against the Mustangs.
In the Bulldogs’ 58-14 win over Northwest Hughesville Sept. 26, Utley ran for 155 yards on 16 carries and completed eight of 11 passes for 177 yards. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more as Hardin-Central improved to 5-1.
The Bulldogs resume their schedule Friday with a game in Tarkio.

– David Knopf, Richmond News

Hardin-Central senior quarterback Sean Utley drew plenty of support at the school’s homecoming parade Sept. 26. His grandmother, Joan Utley, and family members Aubrey Utley, 8, Kynsleigh Utley, 6, and Emerson Utley, 4, each wore a shirt with Sean’s No. 23. He’s sitting with homecoming princess junior Addison Penny. Two years ago, Sean Utley sustained a serious shoulder injury against Northwest Hughesville. Last Friday, he and his teammates defeated the same team, 58-14. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Hardin-Central senior quarterback Sean Utley drew plenty of support at the school’s homecoming parade Sept. 26. His mother, Joan Utley, and family members Aubrey Utley, 8, Kynsleigh Utley, 6, and Emerson Utley, 4, each wore a shirt with Sean’s No. 23. He’s sitting with homecoming princess junior Addison Penny. Two years ago, Sean Utley sustained a serious shoulder injury against Northwest Hughesville. Last Friday, he and his teammates defeated the same team, 58-14. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

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