PREP FOOTBALL: Trojans’ defense stifles Chargers

North Hardin's Camron Smith looks back after scoring on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Manie Wimberly in Friday's 40-0 victory at Bullitt East. Smith caught five passes for 78 yards as the Trojans moved to 3-0.

MOUNT WASHINGTON — North Hardin’s defense forced five turnovers and was rather stingy again — this time even more than the week before — and the offense rolled up almost 400 yards in Friday’s 40-0 victory at Bullitt East.

The Chargers ran the ball 30 times for negative-14 yards and fumbled it five times, losing it twice. They also lost a fumble on a kickoff return.

Bullitt East was 8-for-23 for 58 yards through the air with two interceptions.

The hosts ran 53 plays on offense for 44 yards.

North Hardin, on the other hand, ran it 20 times for 143 yards and quarterback Manie Wimberly tossed it around 28 times, completing 16 for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

Workhorse La’Vell Wright carried the rock 15 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 65 yards.

Marcus Harris and Camron Smith also each caught five passes. Harris totaled 105 yards and Smith 78, Both had a score.

The Trojans took a 7-0 lead at 4:17 of the first quarter when Wimberly hooked up with Smith on a 60-yard bomb.

It was 14-0 17 seconds later when Michael Lunz hit Bullitt East running back Mason Gauthier and caused a fumble that AJ Ruggerio recovered in the end zone.

Trojans linebacker Joel Cruz recovered a fumble on the kickoff return and North Hardin was back in business on the 19.

The possession ended on second down when Wimberly tossed an interception in the end zone.

Wimberly was 6-for-16 for 85 yards, a score and a pick when the offense changed.

Short passes became the rule of thumb for the Trojans on their sixth possession and they went 84 yards on five plays in 1:51 for a 20-0 lead when Wimberly found Harris for a 10-yard score.

North Hardin’s Elijah Banks intercepted an Aeron Adams pass and it was 26-0 six plays later.

Wimberly found Wright for 18 yards on a swing pass and Jalen Sharps for nine on an out.

Wright went 16 yards on third-and-1 from the 20 and found the end zone on the next snap.

Jordan Lovett picked off Adams and returned it to the 35 with 12 seconds left in the half. Wimberly found Wright for eight yards, but a Logsdon field goal from 44 yards was no good to finish the first half.

The Trojans officially put things out of reach with Wright scored from the 4 with 8:03 left in the third period and then again from the 9 at 5:47 for a 40-0 lead, signaling the running clock.

The 9-yard score was set up by a 59-yard strike to Harris.

Jordan Moore recovered a fumble on the Chargers’ next possession.

North Hardin (3-0) hosts Meade County next week. The game was originally scheduled in Brandenburg, but the Green Wave’s new turf field is not ready.

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

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