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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Postseason Dreams Dashed

  • Bulldogs miss IHSA playoffs for first time in six season
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  • Harrisburg and Carbondale each needed that elusive fifth win to make the playoffs Friday night at Carbondale High School.
    Harrisburg delivered an early round blow, but the Terriers provided the knockout punch in a 42-14 victory.
    Carbondale senior quarterback Justin Hoffman accounted for five touchdowns, throwing for 201, thus eclipsing the 4,000 mark in a three-year career.
    The win put Carbondale in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and under first-year head coach Nick Hill, breathed new life into the program.
    For Harrisburg, the Bulldogs miss the postseason for the first time in six seasons. Eighth year head coach Jason Roper was distraught and disappointed in the outcome.
    "We played some really good teams this year. Mt. Carmel, Marion and Herrin, were all conference winners. The loss to Benton was tough, because weather was such a factor and our kids didn't handle it very well. With that being said, I really feel like four out of the five clubs we lost too, were outstanding teams. it's just one of those situations where we came up short."
    Harrisburg got going early and looked good when Daniel Lewis broke free on a 47-yard run to the endzone. That score put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
    From that point on, Carbondale scored 28 unanswered points in the first half.
    It was a deflating factor for Roper.
    "Hoffman is an outstanding player and an outstanding leader. I don't think it phased him one bit. He came out and made some nice players. They have some very good athletes and they made some special plays. Give them credit they are a good team. We unfortunately came up short."
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