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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Enough At The End

  • Harrisburg scores late to hold off Red Devils
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  • History always has a way of repeating itself.
    On Friday night, Harrisburg found itself right back in the same situation.
    Much like last year, when the Bulldogs were in a duel with the Red Devils, it took a late score to come away victorious.
    Fast forward to Taylor Field and it was the same situation.
    With their playoff backs against the wall, Harrisburg marched 75 yards over a six minute span, getting a game-wining touchdown from Daniel Lewis to post a 27-20 win over Murphysboro.
    It was a drive that started at the Bulldog 25 yard line at the 7:09 mark and Lewis came up big, scoring from four yards out with 45.3 to play as he was initially stuck at the goal line and pole vaulted himself over the defender to break the goal line for the score.
    "It came down to the fact that we had enough time to run the football and I give our offensive line a lot of credit," Harrisburg head coach Jason Roper said. "They did a nice job and credit Daniel Lewis, he came in and ran hard when we needed him too and showed some guts getting the ball in the endzone."
    Murphysboro was able to knot the score at 20-all when Austin Hoppenstedt sscored his third touchdown of the night with with 7:17 to play in the second quarter.
    Harrisburg got on the board first when sophomore quarterback Noah Vallette dropped on a bomb in the arms of Corbin Crim who streaked down the Harrisburg sideline for a 47-yard pass play.
    The Red Devils then got a 27-yard TD run from Hoppenstedt, but trailed 7-6 after failing to complete the two-point conversion.
    Harrisburg went on the offensive following that, getting a four-yard score from Jarren Goldman before halftime and added another score in the third quarter when Goldman found paydirt from six yards out.
    Following Lewis' late score, any chance Murphysboro had of a comeback was denied when Vallette intercepted Miller's pass on the first play from scrimmage.
    It was that bounce back attitude Roper's troops showed following last week's loss at Benton that impressed him the most.
    "We're just thankful we were able to come away with a win for our seniors on senior night," he said. "I'm so proud of them and be able to do it on Homecoming. We had a tough one last week against Benton and for us to bounce back and get a win tonight in our guaranteed last home game, we're very humble for that."
    Harrisburg racked up 352 yards of total offense, with 305 coming on the ground.
    Goldman led the attack with 120 yards on 12 carries, while Lewis finished with 87 on nine carries, 54 of which came on the final drive.
    Page 2 of 2 - Harrisburg now needs one win in its last two games to become playoff eligible. The Bulldogs are on the road the next two weeks with dates at Herrin (5-2, 4-0) and Carbondale (4-3) to close out the season.

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