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Thunderous start
Dawgs bitten after delay at Hardin Valley Academy

When Friday night’s season-opening Bearden game at Hardin Valley Academy was delayed for nearly two hours due to thunderstorms and lightning, the thought was that whichever team could make something happen quickly once play was resumed would ultimately win the game.

The homestanding Hawks, who used the 42-7 drubbing at Bearden’s hands in last year’s playoffs as motivation, did exactly that, turning Bulldogs miscue into a 7-0 lead in just three plays.

From that point on, the Hawks never looked back. The final tally was 32-0.

Bearden head coach Brad Taylor, who admitted this game was of the longest he had experienced on a BHS sideline, said he was worried how his team might react to playing one play and being on the field for 19 seconds before the long delay.

“One of our concerns was how we were going to react,” he said. “They pinned their ears back and came after us. I need to do a better job of getting our team ready to play.”

One key stat told the tale. The Hawks rushed 49 times for 237 yards. Bearden had 23 carries for 17 yards.

Even though the Bulldogs left 10 points off the board on two forays deep into Hardin Valley territory, the Hawks held the Bulldogs without a first down until well into the final three minutes of the first half.

BHS quarterback Nicky Frizen said, “We have no excuses. We didn’t execute. We were ready to go, but our inexperience showed tonight. We couldn’t get anything going.”

He also made reference to the speed of the game. “That was a big factor. It was a lot faster than anything before.”

Josh Haney, Dawgs senior running back/defensive back, said the Bulldogs “just didn’t play to our capabilities.”


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