PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Bruins take care of business

Central Hardin senior Tre’Jean Sanders, shown scoring a touchdown against Henry Clay earlier in the season, added two more touchdowns during Friday’s 38-0 Class 6-A, District 2 victory over host Barren County. Sanders had eight carries for 95 yards, including touchdown runs of 4 and 24 yards. He has 48 rushes for 568 yards (11.83 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns on the season. The Class 6-A, No. 4-ranked Bruins visit Meade County next week in another district game. MIKE JURUS/For The News-Enterprise

Central Hardin went on the road and took care of business.

The defense pitched its first shutout of the season and senior Deonco Wilkerson continued to do his thing in a 38-0 victory at Barren County Friday evening in the rain.

It was the first time the Trojans (5-2) were shut out.

They were averaging just over 32 points and 298 yards per game.

Central Hardin’s defense held Barren County to 68 yards on the ground on 27 carries (2.52 per), 31 yards through the air on 3-of-11 and six first downs.

It was the first Class 6-A, District 2 game for both teams.

The Bruins, No. 4 in the latest Class 6-A poll, ran the ball 28 times for 347 yards and five touchdowns.

Wilkerson led the way with 187 yards and a 59-yard scoring run on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for 56 yards.

He has 70 attempts for 790 yards (11.28 per) and 10 touchdowns.

Senior Tre’Jean Sanders continued his superb play with eight carries for 95 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 24 yards.

He has 48 rushes for 568 yards (11.83) and seven scores.

Senior Kyler Lee had seven carries for 66 yards and scoring runs of 21 and 4 yards.

He has 67 carries for 448 yards (6.68) and 11 touchdowns.

The Bruins have run the ball 222 times for 1,976 yards and 30 touchdowns. They average 282.28 yards per game and 8.9 per carry.

Quarterback Chase Elmore was 5-for-10 for 117 yards and an interception, his third on the season.

Gavin George caught two passes for 32 yard and Shaun Hay one for 29.

Evan Jones connected on his fifth field goal in five attempts.

Central Hardin (7-0, 1-0) visit Meade County (2-5, 0-1) next week. The Green Wave have lost five in a row.

It gets no easier for Barren County next week as it welcomes North Hardin (7-0).

SENECA 42, FORT KNOX 18. The Eagles were there early, but hit a rough patch and Seneca scored 22 straight points to earn the win.

Fort Knox was up 12-6 early, got down 28-12 at halftime and scored on a Zai Salter-Zanders 44-yard run to make it 28-18, but could get no closer.

“Even though we have similar numbers, they are a 5-A school with some 5-A size players,” Eagles coach Wes Arnold said. “Their line on both sides of the ball whipped us up front both ways. They were the more physical team and that was the difference.

“We started both halves great, but we didn’t play a complete game and still had too many mistakes. We have to regroup. The next two weeks don’t get any easier.”

Fort Knox (2-5) hosts Louisville Holy Cross and visit Bethlehem.

Salter-Zanders finished with six carries for 64 yards. Deondre Sparrow had seven rushes for 32 yards and Julian Slocum five for 22 yards.

Quarterback Trey Rowsey was 9-for-21 for 122 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Chase Bellamy caught three passes for 63 yards. Sidney Gradney had three for 217 yards, including an 8-yard score. Kyle Wiesman had one catch for 14 yards, Jayden Thorpe two for 10 yards and Sparrow one for an 8-yard touchdown.

Tanner Bellamy and Vernon Waterhouse each had nine tackles. Chase Bellamy and Kaden Dwyer each had six tackles and Gradney and Sparrow each had five.

LOU. MOORE 22, JOHN HARDIN 14. The Bulldogs’ chance to be the No. 1 seed in Class 4-A, District 3 took a hit with the road loss.

It was a tough blow for John Hardin, which was looking at the possibility of hosing the district title game, if it reached the second round of the playoffs.

The Bulldogs hit the road again next week, visiting district opponent Marion County (2-5). The Knights are coming off their bye week after dropping a 12-6 decision to Louisville Valley.

John Hardin will spend its final two weeks at home against district foe Spencer County (Oct. 25) and Class 5-A Greenwood (Nov. 1)

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