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Harding Football Wins Third Straight, Sinks Ouachita 31-28
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:16:13 am »

RKADELPHIA, Ark. Harding rushed for 348 yards and four touchdowns, and senior kicker Tristan Parsley made a 50-yard field goal that proved to be the difference in the Bisons' 31-28 victory over Ouachita Baptist in Great American Conference action at Cliff Harris Stadium.

The victory was the third straight for Harding, who improved to 3-3 overall and in conference. Ouachita Baptist lost at home for the second time this season and fell to 4-2 overall and in the GAC. Harding has won three of the last four meetings against Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia.

How it Happened
With the game tied at 14-14, Parsley kicked his career-long field goal and the longest by a Bison since Eddy Carmona kicked a school-record 62-yarder at East Central in 2011. The field goal gave Harding a lead it never relinquished.

Two long scoring drives in the second half sealed the victory for the Bisons. On Harding's second possession of the second half, the Bisons took over after a punt at their own 6-yard line. Harding went on an 11-play, 94-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard TD by quarterback Terrence Dingle. During the drive Harding had a 38-yard pass play from Dingle to Tristan Tucker, its only completed pass of the game, and a 20-yard run by Grant Kimberlin that gave Harding a first-and-goal at the OBU 9.

The touchdown gave Harding a 31-21 lead with 3:32 left in the third.

Ouachita answered with a 74-yard touchdown drive. Kris Oliver scored his second TD of the game on a 5-yard run with 0:07 remaining in the third quarter, cutting Harding's lead to 24-21.

Another long drive proved to be the game-winner for Harding.

Harding extended its advantage to 31-21 with 10:28 left on a 4-yard TD run by Cole Chancey. Early in the possession, Ouachita stopped the Bisons on 3-and-2, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Tigers, the least penalized team in the GAC, extended the drive. Harding drove to the Ouachita 14 and had 3rd-and-9. Zach Shelley took a pitch and gained 10 yards around the right side, receiving a key block from Kimberlin. Chancey scored on the next play.

Ouachita could have pulled with one score on its next drive. The Tigers drove to the Harding 8, but holding and false start penalties stalled the drive, and Ouachita's Cole Antley attempted a 34-yard field goal that sailed wide. The miss left the Tigers two scores behind and was the only red zone trip by either team that did not result in a touchdown. Ouachita entered the game as the GAC's best red zone offense, scoring on 96 percent of its drives inside the opponent 20.

Ouachita put together a late scoring drive and cut Harding's lead to three points on a 6-yard TD run by Drew Harris with 2:12 left.

Tony Becton recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Harding ran out the clock for the victory.

Facts and Figures
Kimberlin rushed for 101 yards on seven carries, his second straight 100-yard game.

Chancey scored a rushing TD for the fifth consecutive game. Park Parish set the school record by scoring in eight straight games last season.

Sam Blankenship led Harding with 14 tackles and surpassed 100 tackles for his career. Blankenship had 10 solo tackles in the game, becoming the first Bison with 10 or more solos in a game since Aaron Gillaspie had 11 against East Central in 2011.

Harding won the time-of-possession battle for the sixth straight game. The Bisons had possession for 32:59.

Parsley's 50-yard field goal is tied for the eighth-longest in program history.

Shelley had rushed for 9 yards on 11 carries in three career games against Ouachita, but Saturday rushed for 61 yards on nine carries with a TD.



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Re: Harding Football Wins Third Straight, Sinks Ouachita 31-28
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 11:32:38 pm »

Harding makes it 4 in a row with a 34-0 win at NWOSU

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Re: Harding Football Wins Third Straight, Sinks Ouachita 31-28
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 08:40:36 am »

The Bison are Stampeding folks.
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