Bulldogs drop to 0-7 after loss to Park County

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Photo by Tony Manolis

Cassady Redden tries to get around the corner in home action against the Park County Rangers. Hardin lost to the Rangers 36-0.

It has been a difficult season for the Hardin Bulldog football team as they drop their seventh game in a row to the now 2-5 Park County Rangers 0-36.

“We are playing guys with very little experience,” Head Coach Jake Lynch said. “We just have to simplify our plays and get back to the fundamentals of the game.”

There were spurts of offense by the Bulldogs last Friday night, but turnovers and penalties continue to plague the yardage gains that they would be making.

The Rangers put six points on the board with 7:53 left on the clock in the first quarter, and about six minutes later put another eight points up taking a 14-point lead at the end first quarter.

In the second quarter, Park County struck again with 6:55 on the clock taking a 20-point lead.

In the second half, they put another 16 points on the board and won the game.

While it was another shutout for the Bulldogs, Lynch pointed out a number of players who really stepped up. Freshmen Nick Hochhalter and Hance Three Irons, and sophomore Jace Guptill really played well, according to Lynch.

Defensively, Ty Greenfield led Hardin with 13 tackles, Conner Schwend with seven and one pass breakup, John Mehling with five tackles and two interceptions – one of those in the end zone, preventing a Ranger touchdown – and Hunter Bear Cloud made four tackles.

This Friday, Hardin will be at home again, facing the 6-1 Laurel Locomotives. Their last game, on Oct. 19, will be in Belgrade.

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