Hazard back on winning track


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Corey Smith leaps over the wouldbe Prestonsburg defender. Smith had four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Blackcats.


Hazard’s Braxton Whitaker sheds a tackler on his way to a big first down for the Bulldogs.


Hazard’s Ethan Caldwell sacks the Prestonsburg quarterback in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win.


After dropping a hard game to Somerset last week, the Hazard Bulldog football team looked to get back on track with a win over Prestonsburg. Despite giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs were able to buckle down, and come away with the 41-6 victory.

Prestonsburg drew first blood, scoring on a long touchdown run on the opening kickoff. However, the rest of the first half would belong to Hazard.

Cory Smith scored a couple of touchdowns in the first half, while Kade Holland hauled in a 19-yard pass from Bailey Blair. The Bulldogs went into the locker room with the momentum, and a 20-6 lead.

The Blackcats had a couple of strong drives in the second half, but the Bulldog defense shut them down just shy of the end zone. Again, Cory Smith crossed the goal line twice in the half, with Trajan Campbell ending the game with a 1-yard run. Hazard went on to win the game by the final count of 41-6.

Hazard stats: Rushing: Bailey Blair 4 for 57 yards, Trajan Campbell 4 for 13 yards and 1 td, Matthew Francis 3 for 8 yards, Braxton Whitaker 1 for 22 yards and Cory Smith 17 for 187 yards and 4 tds. Passing: Bailey Blair 10 of 18 for 187 yards and 1 td. Receiving: Reese Fletcher 1 for 35 yards, Matthew Francis 1 for 9 yards, Kade Holland 1 for 19 yards and 1 td, Jason Johnson 3 for 24 yards, Skylar Pelfrey 1 for 35 ayrds, and Braxton Whitaker 3 for 65 yards. PATs: Tyler Collins 5. Interceptions: Robbie Davidson 1. Fumble recoveries: Kade Holland 1. Tackles: Andy Baker 6, Ethan Caldwell 8, Trajan Campbell 1, Austin Combs 2, Trevor Coots 1, Robbie Davidson 4, Will Epperson 1, Reese Fletcher 2, Draven Goins 3, Daniel Grigsby 2, Dawson Hill 2, Jordan Hill 2, Kade Holland 10, Jason Johnson 1, Cheik Ndiaye 2, Skylar Pelfrey 8, Chase Rose 1, Austin Smith 2, Isaiah Stupart 4 an Braxton Whitaker 5.

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Corey Smith leaps over the wouldbe Prestonsburg defender. Smith had four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Blackcats.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_9737.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Hazard’s Corey Smith leaps over the wouldbe Prestonsburg defender. Smith had four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Blackcats.

Hazard’s Braxton Whitaker sheds a tackler on his way to a big first down for the Bulldogs.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_9754.jpgHazard’s Braxton Whitaker sheds a tackler on his way to a big first down for the Bulldogs.

Hazard’s Ethan Caldwell sacks the Prestonsburg quarterback in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_IMG_9768.jpgHazard’s Ethan Caldwell sacks the Prestonsburg quarterback in the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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