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Harrisburg Visits Westran For Top Ten Battle

The Lewis and Clark Conference features a pair of top ten teams in Class 1 Friday night at 8th-ranked Harrisburg visits 10th-ranked Westran. The teams split last year, with Westran winning the regular season game 24-22, and Harrisburg taking the district semifinal rematch 46-8. Bulldogs coach Steve Hopkins says one of the things that pleases him most about this year’s team is that it’s gaining depth.

Harrisburg is 3-0, 2-0 in the conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 2-1, and 1-0 in the conference, coming in off a a shutout loss to 5th-ranked Marionville last Friday. Despite that, Hornets coach Aaron O’Laughlin says his players learned a lot about themselves by watching the film of that one.

O’Laughlin breaks down the keys.

The Bulldogs are only rushing for 148 yards per game, but have been getting abother 200-plus per game through the air. Westran is averaging more than 237 rushing yards per game, with the bulk of that coming from senior quarterback Derrick Merritt and senior running back Quinn Massey. Hopkins says his team needs to stay focused to stop the Westran ground attack.

J.B. Connoley will have the broadcast on Glory 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com.


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