The Hazard Bulldogs hosted the Paintsville Tigers in district football play this weekend. The winner of the game would remain undefeated in district action and stay at the top of the hunt for home field advantage in the playoffs. Neither team could get their offense in gear in the first quarter, and the frame ended without a score on the board. However, midway through the second period, the Bulldogs "caught" a break. Tyler Olinger was able to find Joey Meehan over the middle for a short 10-yard pass. However, by the time Meehan stopped running, the Bulldogs were 60-yards away on the Tigers' 20 yard line. Olinger then completed the drive with a 20-yard pass play to Colby Hoskins. Austin Delpont added the extra-point for a 7-0 Bulldog lead. The Bulldogs' air attack struck again in the third period as Olinger hooked up with Josh Kidd on a pattern that netted Hazard a 45-yard touchdown. Again, Austin Delpont added the extra-point, giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 advantage. Hazard pushed the margin to 21-points early in the fourth quarter. After a stellar defensive stand, the Bulldogs got the ball back with good field position. They quickly moved the ball deep into the Paintsville red zone. This time, Tyler Olinger picked up the touchdown with his legs as he crossed the goal line from one yard out. The Delpont extra-point raised the Bulldog tally to 21 points, while the Tigers were yet to score. The Tigers, however, would get on the board before the final horn sounded. With time running out in the game. Paintsville was able to manufacture a touchdown as Dodder threw a 12-yard pass to Puge, and Puge ran in the extra-point conversion. The score would be, too little, too late as Hazard went on to win the game by the final tally of 21-8, leaving them atop the district standings with Pikeville. Hazard will take on the Panthers next week on the road. Several attempts were made to get stats, but none were provided.
8th District Class A standings
Hazard 4-0 Pikeville 4-0 Paintsville 3-1 Allen Central 2-3 Jenkins 2-3 Phelps 1-4 South Floyd 0-5