Harrison holds off Evart in non-league battle

September 7, 2017

By Kenny Jordan

The Harrison Hornets traveled to Evart with one thing in mind; Finish the game. A week ago Harrison raced out to a 14-0 lead versus Lake City before ultimately falling 46-20. So this week coach Jamie Lipovsky preached three things; Toughness, Adversity, and Togetherness.

It paid off as the Hornets started out 20-0 in the first half behind the two-back machine of Deonate Baldereas and Hugh Brand. The Hornets opened up the scoring with a fake punt touchdown early in the first quarter before two more touchdowns by Brand and Baldereas in the second quarter to give the Hornets a 20-0 lead going into halftime.

But, the second half started in Evart favor scoring three straight touchdowns to cut the lead to 20-18 but this time Harrison wouldn’t fold in adversity they thrived going touchdown for touchdown with Evart and Coach Lipovsky was proud of that.

“Our guys had to realize we aren’t going to shut everyone out, teams our going to score, but if we can minimize them and get ourselves in favorable situations we can win a lot of games,” he said.

Harrison took a 28-18 lead into the third quarter behind another Balderas touchdown and ended up with a 42-30 win with Brand getting a majority of the carries late to seal the game.

Baldereas led the team in rushing with 154 yards on 11 carries two rushing touchdowns 57 yards receiving on two catches and two touchdowns. Hugh Brand was right behind him with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Joel Coughlin went three-of-nine passing for 58 yards and had two passing touchdowns and ran for 52 yards on 13 carries.

The defense was led by Zach Taylor and Ryley Bennett with four tackles and two sacks for Taylor and eight tackles and one sack for Bennett. The Hornets start Jack Pine Conference play this week and coach Lipovsky isn’t going to sell his team short.

“This team can compete with anyone in our conference it’s just a matter of doing it and not making mistakes,” he said. “You can’t make mistakes against good teams which our conference is full of. I look forward to conference season.”

The Hornets (1-1) start conference play on Friday, heading north to Roscommon (1-1) to play the Bucks.

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