Saturday, February 24, 2018

Connor Murdock runs for the touchdown in Friday’s loss to Glendive. Murdock carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards.Bulldog quarterback Codi Small passes the ball against Glendive Friday. Small threw for 63 yards, but Hardin lost a close 13-20 game against the Red Devils.

Glendive wide receiver breaks Bulldog hold on Friday’s game

Hardin started well, putting up 6 points in the first quarter on a Connor Murdock 20-yard run while holding the Red Devils scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the game.
They held Glendive quarterback Carson Oakland to minimal completions in the first 12 minutes, but 6-foot-8 wide receiver Bret Vester got loose twice in the second quarter to give the Red Devils a 14-to-6 lead at the half. 
The teams traded running touchdowns in the second half, but the Bulldogs could not close the gap and both teams were scoreless in the final 12 minutes of play.
“We were all over the quarterback, putting a lot of heat on him, but they caught us twice in the corner of the end zone on passes,” said Head Coach Mike Flamm. “We were playing a pretty good, well-rounded game, putting pressure on the QB. Our defensive backs were getting their drops, but they just caught us a couple of times in man coverage. It wasn’t like last week where they could just throw it any time they wanted.” 
The Bulldogs sacked Oakland four times and deflected five passes.
Even with the loss, Coach Flamm saw improvements in both offensive and defensive play. 
On offense, he said, “We moved the ball around a lot better. Connor ran the ball 14 carries for 66 yards, but we had more diversity in what we were doing. We had some more kids involved and Cody (Small) was throwing the ball pretty well (5 for 12 and 63 yards). We threw the ball well, caught the ball well, but then we fumbled it. We were moving the ball better using other guys. Cody was running the ball well from the QB position (13 for 46 yards).”
On defense, he said, “We had some defensive penalties that hurt us. I feel like that defensively we played really fast and hard. We were good but made some mental errors that gave them a chance.” 
He continued, saying, “They were throwing the ball on us early and got a couple of completions, but as the game went along we made some adjustments, moving Cody to safety. He was in on about 14 tackles and was solid over the middle with one interception. They got us on man coverage in the corners twice with their six-eight kid. 
“We started Minrod (Rides Horse) at corner. He was a bit soft at first, but as the game progressed he got stronger and stronger, and it made me feel a lot better about that change. We moved James (Wilson) off of free safety to corner. He is more natural at free safety, but he did a pretty good job most of the game.”
Coach Flamm summed up the game saying, “We threw the ball more. Clarence Little Wolf came up with a big catch for us over the top. Justin Zier was involved and even when he wasn’t catching the ball it was a good concept for us. Steffan Walks Over Ice also became a bigger piece for us in the passing game.
“Connor gave us the power and punch we needed, but we also had more finesse and speed on the corners.
“Other guys are stepping up, but it just wasn’t enough for us to get the win. We definitely had our chances. We still make errors and mistakes that are frustrating for us.”
On Friday, the Bulldogs travel to Laurel (1-2, 4-2) looking for their first conference win.