Cards try to make it 4 in a row vs. Leop­ards

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Josh Briggs [email protected]­ton­courier.com

HASKELL — The Har­mony Grove Car­di­nals (3-1, 1-0) opened some eyes with their Week 4 shutout win over Ash­down last week, rolling the Pan­thers 34-0 at home.

This week, Har­mony Grove heads to Malvern

(1-3, 0-1) in more 7-4A ac­tion, tak­ing on the Leop­ards — an­other team it de­feated in its first sea­son in con­fer­ence a year ago.

Since de­feat­ing Glen Rose to open the year, Malvern has lost three straight, in­clud­ing a 21-7 de­feat at Baux­ite last week.

The Leop­ards still rely on the run, for the most part, but show a num­ber of dif­fer­ent looks from un­der cen­ter with two quar­ter­backs man

ning the po­si­tion.

Ju­nior starter Brax­ton Allen leads the Leop­ards with 14 com­ple­tions for 277 yards and four touch­downs on the year.

On the ground, ju­nior Keith Cara­dine and fresh­man Cedric Sim­mons are work­horses for Malvern, com­bin­ing for more than

700 yards on 49 car­ries and seven touch­downs. Also, the pair have com­bined for three 100-plus yards rush­ing games this sea­son.

Against Baux­ite, Cara­dine trucked for 98 yards on 14 car­ries, av­er­ag­ing 7 yards per touch.

Sim­mons broke out in the pass­ing game, com­plet­ing 15 at­tempts for 124 yards. He also rushed for 53 yards and the Leop­ards lone score in the loss. In Week 3’s loss to Lake­side, Sim­mons com­pleted his sea­son-high 131 yards on the ground, adding two scores on 17 car­ries.

When air­ing out the pass, Chris­tian War­ren is the go-to tar­get for Malvern, bring­ing in nine catches for 162 yards and a score thus far this sea­son.

De­fen­sively, Tre’sean Mor­man leads the team with 23 tack­les, in­clud­ing three for loss.

Eas­ton West leads with two sacks for the Leop­ards.

For the Car­di­nals, Hunter Wil­liams con­tin­ues to im­press at quar­ter­back — when called upon — com­plet­ing 9 of 19 at­tempts for 142 yards and a score in 2019.

Ob­vi­ously a groun­dat­tack squad, Har­mony Grove has five run­ners with at least 129 yards and have scored 10 times on the year.

Ryan Ried­mueller leads all rush­ers with 167 yards and three scores on 16 car­ries.

Wil­lie New­ton fol­lows with 154 yards 30 touches.

Open­ing kick for Week 4’s road tilt is set for 7 p.m.

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Har­mony Grove ju­nior Cameron Palmer dives for yardage in a win over Bald Knob in Week 3. The Car­di­nals will head to Malvern Fri­day to take on the Leop­ards in 7-4A Con­fer­ence play.

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