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Bulldogs shutout at Boonville

  • Harrisburg running back Kody Cavender had 41 yards on six carries in the Bulldogs' shutout loss at Boonville, Ind., Friday.

    Harrisburg running back Kody Cavender had 41 yards on six carries in the Bulldogs' shutout loss at Boonville, Ind., Friday.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
Staff Report
updated: 9/11/2018 8:43 AM

It's been a minute since the Harrisburg High School football team suffered a shut out loss.

One would have to go back to the season opener two years ago, when Mt. Carmel came to Taylor Field and beat the Bulldogs 42-0.

That season season, under then head coach Al Way, Harrisburg lost 29-22 at Boonville, Ind. It was the first win for the Pioneers in what was a five-game series.

This year, Boonville picks up their second win against Harrisburg, a 34-0 beatdown to keep the Bulldogs winless on the season.

The Pioneers racked up 292 yards on offense, with 151 yards coming through the air and 141 yards on the ground.

Boonville (4-0) took a 20-0 lead after one quarter and had a 27-0 lead at halftime. In the third, the Pioneers tacked on their last touchdown.

"We knew Boonville was a good team," Harrisburg head coach Gabe Angelly said. "They are 4-0 for a reason. We have given up too many big plays over the past couple weeks, and we have to work to limit those."

Harrisburg struggles on offense continue as the Bulldogs, who only scored 14 points in last week's loss at Du Quoin and have just 27 points on offense all season, were held to 109 yards on offense, 103 yards came on the ground.

Carl Russ had 59 yards on 11 carries, while Kody Cavender finished with 41 yards on 16 carries.

Easton Wallace had seven carries for 16 yards, while Noah Boon (three carries, eight yards) and Kyle Cavender (five carries, five yards) led the ground game.

Angelly said the problems on offense fall on his shoulders and one he hopes to have corrected by the time Harrisburg hits the field Friday at West Frankfort.

"I haven't prepared our kids well enough to compete," he said. "Our coaching staff is going to work harder this week to make sure our kids our ready for West Frankfort. We have yet to play to our potential. I feel this team is talented enough to compete with anyone. If we put a game together and get some momentum and confidence, we can turn this around."