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