RAVENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – Chardon kept up with Warren Harding’s Lynn Bowden for a good portion of Friday night’s second round playoff matchup at Ravenna. Eventually, though, the Raiders standout quarterback was just too much to handle.
Bowden rushed for six touchdowns and 370 yards on 24 attempts — and threw for 106 yards and a TD as well — as Harding downed Chardon, 49-31, to advance in the Division II postseason. The Hilltoppers suffered their first loss of the season, while the Raiders improved to 11-1 and will face Hudson next weekend .
These were the distances, in order, of Bowden’s scoring runs: 7, 31, 15, 3, 72 and 88 yards. His passing TD was a 63-yarder to Geno Gonzalez.
With the score tied at 14 in the second quarter, Bowden notched a 15-yard TD run before adding a 3-yard score for a 28-14 Harding lead at halftime.
However, Chardon scored first in the third quarter, using a 14-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a Joe Cyvas 4-yard TD run. The Hilltoppers then made it 28-24 midway through the third with a field goal.
That’s when Bowden exploded.
He first hit Gonzalez for a screen pass that went 63 yards for a touchdown. Then, after a Harding interception early in the fourth, Bowden dashed 72 yards to the endzone, followed by an 88-yard TD run and a commanding 49-24 Raiders advantage.
Harding finished with 530 yards of total offense — Bowden accounting for 476 yards himself.
Chardon totaled 428 yards of offense, with Tommy Benenati leading the way with 242 rush yards and one TD on 27 carries.