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The Central Hardin Bruins called their game with the Indianapolis Marshall Patriots a business trip. After driving 3 hours and crossing state lines to play their first afternoon game of the season, they more than took care of business.
The Bruins jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the first half and rolled to a 46-8 victory to improve to 6-0 on the season and go into their open week on a high note.
“I was real pleased the way we came out, especially on the offensive side,” Central Hardin coach Mark Perry said. “We played well on offense and our special teams played well. Defensively we were up and down and need to get a few things cleaned up.”
Junior quarterback Koree Krupinski threw four first-half touchdown passes, giving him an area-leading 13 on the season. He connected with sophomore Justin Rouse twice and juniors Tyler Long and Zach Helton.
Rouse took over at quarterback in the second quarter and hit Helton on a screen for an 80-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left before halftime, giving the Bruins a 40-8 advantage at intermission.
Rouse added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to set the final margin.
“They have some good athletes and made a few plays, but I was pleased with the way we came out and had a few big plays and executed well,” Perry said.
Helton’s two touchdowns receptions gave him an area-leading seven on the season. He added a 14-yard rushing touchdown.
Perry praised his team for focusing on the task at hand.
“We called it a business trip,” Perry said. “You can get distracted with things going on or go out and take care of business. I was pleased with the way we did that.”
Perry mentioned a few players on defense were a little banged up, but with the Bruins off this week, they should have plenty of time to rest.
“It's important we get healthy during the open week and get ready for a big stretch with Collins and Meade County,” Perry said.
UP NEXT: Central Hardin plays Collins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11.