Harding pulls away late, stays unbeaten

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A two score lead dwindled to a two point lead for the host Warren G. Harding Raiders in the second half. But behind the play of quarterback Lynn Bowden and a strong defensive effort, the Raiders held off the Ursuline rally, winning 34-19.

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The Raiders jumped to an early lead, scoring on their first play from scrimmage when senior standout Lynn Bowden connected with junior Jalen Hooks for a 65 yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 Harding.

Later in the first quarter the Irish found the endzone, tying things at 7, when junior quarterback Jared Fabry called his own number on a one yard touchdown run.

In the second half, the Irish defense pushed the Raiders deep into their own territory, forcing a punt from out of the back of their own endzone, setting up great field position for the Irish to try and cut into the Harding lead.

On third and goal from the one yard line, the Irish turned to senior Spencer Warren to punch it in to make it a one score game. The failed extra point made it 21-13.

With the Raiders driving late in the third quarter it was the Irish defense that stepped up to make a big play when Tristan Ballard intercepted an errant pass to give Ursuline the ball and the Irish made the most of the opportunity. In the Raider redzone the Irish called on junior running back Joe Floyd who scored from 18 yards out to make it 21-19 Harding. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept it a two point game.

The Raider offense, however, was too much as Lynn Bowden led them on two late scoring drives to increase the lead to 34-19

Ursuline (2-3) will host Canada Prep in week six. Warren Harding (5-0) will visit Lakeside.

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