Tony McGuire — Sports Editor
November 5, 2013
The Hazard Bulldogs closed out their 2013 football regular season on Friday. The Bulldogs (7-2) hosted the Sheldon Clark Cardinals (0-8).
The first quarter belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored on their first three plays from scrimmage. Brandon Jones took the first snap 44 yards for the touchdown (7-0). The second snap went to Kody Arnett, who rambled 52 yards to pay dirt (14-0). And the third snap was a 34-yard pass from Tanner Morgan to Jalen Olinger for the score (21-0).
During the rally, the Bulldog defense held the Cardinals without a first down. It wasn’t until the 1:34 mark that the Cardinals got their first tackle of a Hazard player (on a punt return).
The Bulldogs scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Tanner Morgan began the period with the air attack. Morgan hit Jones on a route that went 50 yards for the touchdown, and later he hit Chris Hudson on a 40-yard pass (35-0). Morgan then finished the half with a five-yard run (42-0).
There would be but two touchdowns in the second half. Sheldon Clark got the first on a 25-yard run by Brandon Butcher. Hazard would then erase the score as Cole Ratliff and Cade Fletcher hooked up on a 46-yard pass play (49-6).
Bulldog kicker Kevin Eversole returned to kicking after a long injury, and converted on all seven extra-point attempts.
Hazard stats: Rushing: Kody Arnett 1 carry for 52 yards and 1 td, Cade Fletcher 2 carries for 19 yards, Jacob Blanton 2 carries for 43 yards, Trey Higgins 2 carries for 43 yards, Brandon Jones 1 carry for 44 ayrds and 1 td, and Tanner Morgan 5 carries for 20 yards and 1 td. Passing: Tanner Morgan 4 of 4 for 135 yards and 3 tds, and Cole Ratliff 2 of 2 for 48 yards and 1 td. Receiving: Jacob Blanton 1 for 11 yards, Will Epperson 1 for 2 yards, Cade Fletcher 1 for 46 yards and 1 td, Chris Hudson 1 for 40 yards and 1 td, Brandon Jones 1 for 50 yards and 1td, and Jalen Olinger 1 for 34 yards and 1 td. Fumble Recovery: Houston Smith 1. Tackles: Kody Arnett 7, Jacob Blanton 4, Jordan Childers 9, Trevor Coots 1, Cole Ratliff 15, Jacob Roll 7, Houston Smith 2, Hilton Dixon 2, Will Epperson 1, Cade Fletcher 3, Dylan Goins 3, KP Hastings 2, Trey Higgins 2, Jordan Hill 1, Kaleb Huber 4, Chris Hudson 3, Joe Hurt 1, Dalton May 3, Josh Meehan 6, Jalen Olinger 3 and Timothy Pittard 2.