PREP FOOTBALL: North blanks Bulldogs

North Hardin's La'Vell Wright runs around left end as teammate Jaylen Moore leads the way. John Hardin's Dominck Hodges prepares to make the play. The Trojans won, 19-0 as Wright had 167 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

North Hardin used a stout defense — especially in the first half — a couple Marcus Harris touchdowns and La’Vell Wright’s running ability in a 19-0 victory at John Hardin Friday evening.

The Trojans (2-0) visit Bullitt East (0-2) next week.

North Hardin held the Bulldogs to eight yards of offense in the first half and to 111 for the game on 38 snaps. They ran the ball 28 times for 42 yards with Keandre Strand getting 29 yards on 12 attempts.

John Hardin fumbled the ball on their first snap and North Hardin’s Joel Cruz recovered it.

The visitors went 20 yards in six plays with Harris scoring from the 2 with 9:08 on the clock. The PAT was blocked.

The Trojans made it 12-0 51 seconds into the second quarter when La’Vell Weight went 36 yards. It culminated a five-play, 71-yard drive. The two plays leading up to the score was an 11-yard pass from Manie Wimberly to Camron Smith, then a 21-yard pass from Smith to Wimberly.

North Hardin scored on its first possession of the second half on another 71-yard drive. This one taking seven plays with Wimberly finding Harris on an 11-yard score. Jabari Rasheed kicked the PAT for the 19-0 lead at 9:18 of the period.

John Hardin followed that up with its best drive to that point of the night, going from the 35 to a fourth-and-4 at the 25, when an incomplete pass ended the drive.

The Trojans took their next two drives to the 13 and the 8, but got nothing out of either of them because of an interception on fourth down and a fumble on second down.

The Bulldogs then went from the 34 to the 11, but their final drive of the night ended with their seventh fumble and second lost fumble.

Wright finished with 167 yards on 24 carries. Wimberly was 9-for-15 for 111 yards, an interception and a score.

John Hardin (0-2) opens district play next week at Valley (0-1).

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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