The Hazard Bulldog football team took to the road this weekend as they took on the Somerset Briar Jumpers. The Bulldogs looked for a hard game going in as the Briar Jumpers are a much improved team this season.
Neither team was able to find the end zone in the first quarter as defense dominated the game. Somerset put the first points on the board as they got a 37-yard run to take the 7-0 lead. Hazard countered with a 57-yard pass play to Braxton Whitaker from Bailey Blair (7-7).
There would be one more touchdown in the first half, but unfortunately it belonged to the Briar Jumpers. Somerset closed the half with a 39-yard run. They failed on the PAT, and went into the locker room with the 13-7 advantage.
Somerset seemed to break Hazard’s spirits early in the second half as they ran the kickoff back 93-yards to take the 20-7 lead. The Briar Jumper then took advantage of a Bulldog turnover, turning it into six points on a 38-yard pass (26-7).
The third quarter ended with yet another Somerset touchdown. This time on a 48-yard scramble to the end zone (33-7).
Hazard picked up the only touchdown of the fourth quarter as Corey Smith broke the line with a 3-yard run. The Bulldogs went for two, setting the final score at 33-15.
Hazard stats: Rushing: Bailey Blair 13 for 36 yards, Matthew Francis 1 for 7 yards, Reese Fletcher 1 for 10 yards and Corey Smith 25 for 145 yards and 1 td. Passing: Bailey Blair 13 of 26 for 196 yards and 1 td. Receiving: Reese Fletcher 1 for 10 yards, Jason Johnson 9 for 127 yards, Skylar Pelfrey 1 for 3 yards, Corey Smith 1 for 1 yard and Braxton Whitaker 1 for 55 yards and 1 td. Fumble recovery: Austin Smith 1. Tackles: Andy Baker 3, Jacob Bashear 2, Ethan Caldwell 6, Treor Coots 2, Robbie Davidson 5, Reese Fletcher 2, Kade Holland 8, Cheik Ndiaye 4, Skylar Pelfrey 8, Austin Smith 6, Isaiah Stupart 3 and Braxton Whitaker 6.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.