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LEWIS | John Hardin expecting rushing battle with Spencer Co.

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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) – John Hardin head coach Chad Lewis says Friday night’s game between his Bulldogs and the Spencer County Bears could be one for the record books.

“It might be one of the shortest games in the state of Kentucky on Friday,” Lewis said.

That’s because both teams have built their success on the run game.

John Hardin (8-3) is averaging nearly 230 yards per game rushing while Spencer County (10-1) is averaging an astounding 400 yards rushing per game.

“They’re a tough nosed team that’s going to run the ball and they’re going to try to hit you in the mouth,” said John Hardin senior free safety and wide receiver Darrion Keener. “If we don’t come prepared, they will hit us in the mouth.”

Bulldogs senior quarterback Shay Stone understands what the Bears bring on offense, but he is confident in his own backfield.

“We have Robert Shorter, Korie Cleveland, Steven Livers. We have a lot of talent and a lot of firepower there,” Stone said.

That trio of Bulldog running backs has accounted for nearly 20 rushing touchdowns so far this season.

John Hardin’s defense will try to slow down Spencer County’s own running back trio. Logan Holbrook, Brandon Leff and Kadin Smith have combined for almost 60 rushing touchdowns.

“We’re both running the same offense this Friday night, and they do an outstanding job. (Spencer County head coach Mike Marksbury) has three nice backs who have all rushed for over 1,000 yards this year,” said Lewis.

Playing into the Bulldogs’ favor is the fact that the game is at John Hardin High School.

“Home field advantage is always big in the playoffs,” said Stone. “We’re going to have a big crowd here. Spencer County brings a lot of people. I’m going to like the atmosphere.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm Friday night.

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