(11-18-14) It took a day delay and playing the games on two different fields, but the Presidents of Harding picked up the Bridgeport Challenge title with a 14-6 win over Central, and end a 15 year drought that started in 1998 with the win over the Hilltoppers.
The game was suspended with 5:03 left in the 4th quarter just after Jahzaari Mullings had scored his second TD of the day. The final 5:03 of the contest was played on Friday morning at Kennedy Stadium, Central’s home field.
The Harding defense was led by Jeffery Rogers with 3 sacks and 12 tackles. The defense was able to force 3 turnovers as RaRa Gorham and Kane Andre recovered fumbles and senior captain Jon Maldonado picked off a pass in the endzone. Xavier Bass had sacked Mykel Morris on Central’s final 2 offensive plays.
All of the points scored in the game came in the second half. Harding ends the season at 5-6 and Central finishes at 2-9.
HARDING – Jahzaari Mullings 25 yd run (2pt Conversion Good – Phommachanh pass to Mullings)
CENTRAL: Morris 43 yard pass to Brown (2pt Conversion Pass incomplete)
HARDING – Mullings 8 yd run (2pt Conversion Pass incomplete)
Player of the Game
Harding’s Jeff Rogers who had 2 sacks, 14 solo tackles and two forced fumbles.
FINAL Challenge Standings
- Harding 2-0
- Central 1-0
- Bassick 0-2