By: Alexis Meeks
GURDON- The Harmony Grove Cardinals traveled to Gurdon and upset the Go-Devils on Senior Night 34-10 Friday night to push the Cardinals to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the 5-3A Conference.
“(I’m) so proud of them,” Head Coach Paul Calley said. “It was cold. The wind as blowing. They played man coverage on us and we had to run the football to win and we did.”
The Cardinals received the opening kickoff but punted the ball to the Go-Devils. The Go-Devils got the ball on their 43-yard line. They drove the ball to the 8-yard line of the Cardinals but were stopped. The Go-Devils took an early 3-0 lead after a successful field goal attempt.
The Cardinals rallied back receiving the kickoff at their 36-yard line. Finding success in the run game, the Cardinals ran the ball 10 times on the drive. They scored a 10 yard touchdown with running back Jake Brooks to take the lead 7-3.
The Cardinals forced the Go-Devils to punt on their next drive and scored again after a field goal by William Vasquez to go up 10-3 with 8:31 left in the first half.
The Cardinals held the Go-Devils scoreless in the second quarter and scored another field goal as time ran down in the half to go up 13-3.
Coming out of the half, the Go-Devils received the kickoff, but were forced to punt five plays later. The Cardinals were able to find the end zone again with Brooks and extended their lead to 20-3 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
“We have some gutty football players,” Calley said. “Number 6 (quarterback Hunter Hilson) and number 3 (Brooks), I can’t say enough about them.”
The Go-Devils started their next drive from their own 3-yard line. ON a third-and-goal from the Cardinals 3 yard line, Gurdon fumbled the ball and it was recovered by cornerback Connor Burrow, who took the ball to the Go-Devils’ 33-yard line. The Cardinals drove the ball to the 5-yard line before time expired in the third quarter. Seven seconds into the fourth, the Cardinals scored on a quarterback keeper by Hilson, putting the Cardinals up 27-3.
Both the Go-Devils and the Cardinals turned the ball over on downs on their next drives. After getting the ball back, the Go-Devils fumbled on first-and-10 from their own 25-yard line and it was recovered by the Cardinals on the 20-yard line. One play from scrimmage and the Cardinals found the end zone again on a 20-yarder to go up 34-3.
The Go-Devils did find the end zone late in the fourth quarter to cut into the Cardinals lead, but the Cardinals held on to win the game 34-10.
Harmony Grove will wrap up the regular season next week when the Cardinals host Horatio, which were shut out by Glen Rose 35-0 on Friday.