The Hazard Bulldogs went looking for their first win of the season on Friday as they hosted the Letcher Central Cougars. The game went back and forth with the Bulldogs getting the final touchdown of the evening.
Hazard got on the board first as Brandon Jones took a hand-off up the middle for a six-yard touchdown. Kevin Eversole added the extra point, giving the Bulldogs the early 7-0 lead.
Letcher Central would tie the game before the first quarter ended. The Cougars got a five-yard run from Jaylen Williams, and after the extra point the game was tied at seven.
The Bulldogs would not be able to retake the lead with their ensuing possession, giving the ball over to the Cougars. Letcher Central broke the tie with a short pass and score. The extra point was no good, giving the Cougars the 13-7 lead.
Hazard went to their air attack to get back into the game. The Bulldogs pulled ahead with back-to-back touchdown passes. The first pass from Tanner Morgan went to Trey Higgins and covered 28 yards (Eversole kick), giving Hazard the 14-13 lead. The second score went to Chris Hudson and covered 23 yards, setting the Bulldog lead at 20-13.
Just before the half, Letcher Central added a touchdown to their tally. This time, Letcher quarterback Zane Blair kept the ball and ran 12 yards for the score. The Cougars tacked on the two-point conversion, sending them to the break with the 21-20 lead.
Hazard would get the one and only score of the second half midway through the third period. Kody Arnett rambled 18 yards through the Cougar defense for the score. The snap on the extra point went behind the holder, setting the pressure on the defense down the stretch (26-21).
Hazard’s defense was more than up to the challenge, keeping the Letcher Central offense from garnering more than a handful of yards. The Bulldogs evened their record at 1-1 with the 26-21 win.
***** No stats were provided for this game.