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    When Central Hardin hired Mark Perry to replace Mike Lawson, athletic director Chris Bauer called it a home run.

    Three years later, it looks like a grand slam.

    Perry has taken the Central Hardin program to new heights. Look at what Perry has done this year.

    The Bruins finished a program-best 9-1 in the regular season. They have won 11 games for the first time in program history. They won a road playoff game for the first time since 1997. And they are in the state quarterfinals for only the third time, the first since 1997.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: John Hardin'...

    The big question mark surrounding the John Hardin defense entering the season wasn’t a big mystery. With its formidable front four returning and one of the top linebackers in the area, the secondary was considered the weak link.

    The coaching staff realized it. The defensive backs even understood why there was a certain amount of skepticism about the secondary.


    The annual Mark Harris Construction/Physical Therapy Associates Preseason HoopFest at Elizabethtown’s Charlie Rawlings Memorial Gymnasium and the auxiliary gym sports a lot of familiar faces.

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    The number 26.3 is of great significance to the Central Hardin Bruins’ offensive line.

    For as athletic as seniors Jacob Hunt, Clarence Lewis, Dan Trethaway and Clint Walker and junior Trent Baker are, it’s not their average vertical leap.

    It’s their average ACT score.

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    Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

    That quote could apply to every defensive lineman that Tim Mattingly has coached in his 10 seasons as Meade County’s defensive coordinator.

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    In the dog days of summer, as football teams gear up for the season, Meade County coach Larry Mofield watches his Green Wave during drills and waits for a player or a group of players to emerge as leaders.

    After the first few days of practice, Mofield began noticing who some of those players were. Every day, they would be the first to arrive and the last to leave.

    Among that group was senior Nick O’Brien.

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    Gym rat is a term commonly applied to a basketball coach’s son or daughter who spends their childhood in the gym, following dad around to practices and games.

    While most kids are running around the neighborhood or playing video games after school, the gym rat is fetching water or towels for players or retrieving loose balls back to the practice field.

    Whatever the catchy nickname is for football, Trey Jaco is it.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Meade ready for...

    Senior Nick O’Brien and the Meade County Green Wave are anxiously anticipating Friday night.

    Not only are they playing for their second Class 6-A region championship in six seasons, the Green Wave are facing one of their biggest adversaries in the eighth-ranked Central Hardin Bruins.

    Ready for Round 2? Ninth-ranked Meade County certainly is. The longtime rivals meet once again at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Field, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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    Central Hardin coach Mark Perry joked the Bruins wouldn’t be taking the long way to Brandenburg on Friday for their Class 6-A, Region 1 championship game against the Meade County Green Wave.

    But other than the 3-hour bus trip to Paducah last Friday, there were plenty of things for the No. 8 Bruins to take away from their 32-23 win over No. 7 McCracken County.

    The most obvious was the confidence and energy Central Hardin displayed from the opening kickoff, something that was missing in its 34-11 loss at Meade County on Oct. 18.