On Friday, the Hazard Bulldog football team took their undefeated record on the road to take on the 1-1 Letcher Central Cougars. The contest proved to be a back-and-forth struggle with the Bulldogs coming away with the 23-19 win.
The two teams fought hard against the others defense throughout the first half, with neither getting the upper hand. Hazard found the end zone with a Bailey Blair to Jason Johnson pass, and took the lead 10-7 at the half with a Tyler Collins field goal.
Letcher Central went up 13-10 early in the second half, only to see Hazard jump back in the lead with a Blair to Skylar Pelfrey touchdown pass (17-13). With time running out in the game, the Cougars were able to score one more time to take the 19-17 advantage.
However, Letcher Central left too much time on the clock, and Hazard was able to take the lead with another Bailey to Johnson touchdown (23-19). The Cougars’ final drive was cut short by a turnover, and the Bulldogs were able to run out the clock for the win.
Hazard stats: Rushing: Bailey Blair 14 for 65 yards, and Corey Smith 24 for 205 yards. Passing: Bailey Blair 9 of 19 for 154 yards and 3 tds. Receiving: Reese Fletcher 1 for 5 yards, Jason Johnson 6 for 888 yards and 2 tds and Skylar Pelfrey 2 for 61 yards and 1 td. Interceptions: Andy Blaker 1. Fumble Recoveries: Reese Fletcher 1. Tackles: Andy Baker 3, Jacob Brashear 4, Ethan Caldwell 8, Trevor Coots 6, Robbie Davidson 7, Reese Fletcher 2, Jordan Hill 2, Kade Holland 13, Cheikh Ndiaye 3, Skylar Pelfrey 7, Bryso Sayers 1, Austin Smith 2, Isaiah Stupart 3 and Braxton Whitaker 8.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.