Sophomore running back Keyandre Strand rushed for a season-high 133 yards and two touchdowns and junior quarterback Kadon Wilson threw for two other scores Friday night as John Hardin beat Spencer County, 35-21 in the first round of the Class 4-A state playoffs.
The Bulldogs, 5-6, will play at Louisville Moore in the second round this Friday. The Mustangs are 7-4 and have won six straight games, including a 22-14 win over John Hardin, Oct. 11.
Against the Bears, John Hardin led 14-7 at halftime and then built the lead in the second half to 28-14 after Strand scored on a 31-yard run with 6:43 left in the game.
Spencer County, which beat the Bulldogs, 45-31 Oct. 25, closed to within 28-21 with 3:46 left in the game. After the Bulldogs recovered an onside kick, Strand scored on a 38-yard run with 1:19 remaining to end the scoring.
Wilson threw TD passes in the first half to JaKarius Barnes from 18 yards out and to Malakai Nation on the final play of the first half from 23 yards out.
Dominik Hodges had the other Bulldog touchdown on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
John Hardin finished with 340 yards of total offense, while Spencer County finished with 272 yards. In the win two weeks ago, the Bears, who saw their three-game winning streak ended, rushed for 437 yards.