PLAY OF THE GAME: Harlem junior wide receiver Will Bridges' 57-yard over-the-shoulder catch from senior quarterback Brendan Gray with 2:35 left in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs' a 22-6 during their homecoming game.
WHY HARLEM WON: The Bulldogs (3-6, 2-2 in Region 3B-AAA) pounded the undermanned Butler defense gaining 307 rushing yards and 416 overall. A pair of Harlem running backs - senior Barry St. John and junior Trey Crain - each went over the 100-yard mark as Harlem averaged more than eight yards per carry. Crain dashed for a 43-yard touchdown run, zig-zagging through the Butler defense for a touchdown with just 59 seconds left in the third quarter.
WHY BUTLER LOST: Butler's offense continued to be anemic. If not for Jamond Johnson's questionable 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter - Harlem's ball carrier appeared to be down by contact - Butler would have suffered another shutout. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-9 on the year and 0-4 in region play by rushing for a total of just three yards on 25 carries and used three quarterbacks to pass for 75 yards.
STAR OF THE GAME: Take your pick. Gray passed and run for two touchdowns and Crain racked up 105 yards on just nine carries and scored two touchdowns during the second half. St. John had 101 yards on 14 carries and had a 5-yard touchdown run of his own.
QUOTABLE: "Our kids needed a win like this after the last two weeks we've had. We had back-to-back tough losses to Thomson and Washington County, and to get back on track like this tonight, especially for homecoming, is great for this group of kids. We played really tough up front and our offensive line did a really good job of opening some holes for our backs."
- Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis
WHAT'S NEXT: Glenn Hills at Butler, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10; Harlem at Cross Creek, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10.
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