Football: Harding Wins Bridgeport Challenge Title

Harding Celebrates Win For Bridgeport Challenge over Central - Photo courtesy Harding Twitter Account

Harding Celebrates Win For Bridgeport Challenge over Central – Photo courtesy Harding Twitter Account

(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.

Brideport Central vs Harding Photo courtesy Amy Mortensen

Bridgeport Central vs Harding Photo courtesy Amy Mortensen

SCORING

Third Quarter

HARDING – Jahzaari Mullings 25 yd run (2pt Conversion Good – Phommachanh pass to Mullings)

CENTRAL: Morris 43 yard pass to Brown (2pt Conversion Pass incomplete)

Fourth Quarter

HARDING –  Mullings 8 yd run (2pt Conversion Pass incomplete)

PHOTOS from the Game (CTPOst.com)

Player of the Game

Harding's Jeff Rogers (#10) named Player of the Game  - Photo courtesy Amy Mortensen

Harding’s Jeff Rogers (#10) named Player of the Game
– Photo courtesy Amy Mortensen

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

All Sports Award for the Bridgeport Challenge

(11-3-14) Current overall standings in the All Sports Award for the Bridgeport Challenge with one game left (Thanksgivng) in the fall season:
  • CENTRAL  =        4 points   ( 2 Boy’s Soccer,   1 Girl’s Volleyball,  1 Football)
  • BASSICK   =       3 points    (1  Boy’s Soccer,  2 Girl’s Volleyball)
  • HARDING  =      1 point     ( Football)

The All Sports Trophy will be handed out at the Bridgeport Challenge dinner at season’s end, after the winter and spring seasons.

Next Up In The CHALLENGE:

Harding vs Central in the Thanksgiving football game that will decide the Bridgeport Challenge Champion.

 

 

FOOTBALL:Harding Over Bassick 44-6, Sets Up Title Game

In the 2nd game of the Bridgeport Challenge on Saturday,  Harding picked up a 44-6 win over Bassick in a game that was called at half time.

With the win by Harding it now sets up a Thanksgiving game with Central that will decide the Bridgeport Challenge Champion.

With the loss Bassick will end the Challenge at 0-2, having also lost to Central earlier 37-0.

Player of the Game – Harding Defense

Game Highlights-

  • Xavier Bass 6’1 WR,OLB had the first touchdown with a 60 yard run
  • QB 6’2 (160) Taisun Phommachanh  threw two touchdown passes he was 4-7

The defense responded with 3 touchdowns of there own.

  • Clifford Lazzare 5’10 IB fumble recovery in Bassick end zone.
  • SS 6’3 (185) Kanard Condrington scoop and scored 14 Yd TD.
  • Jahzaari Mullings 6’1 (187) last defensive touchdown strip for 16 yards.

Bassick

  • Bassick returns the kick off for 80 yds.  20-6 Harding