Harmony and St. Cloud met for their Soldier City Classic for the 14th time and this year it was a ground game blowout of 56-9 at Harmony High School that updated the rivalry to 8-6 in Harmony’s favor. It was expected that Harmony’s Senior Quarterback #7 Nate Herstich, who came into the game 49 for 90 for 651 yards, would come out fast in the air, but Herstich said after the game, “We knew coming into the game we were going to be able to run the ball. I had about 100 yards and Justin had over 150, and we didn’t have to throw the ball a whole lot. Our linemen just overpowered them. We just kept rolling, play after play after play.”
On the defensive side we spoke to Senior Linebacker Trey Hayes, about how he thought the game went. “Our defense in the first half started out slow, but coach tells us start fast and finish faster. In the second half we came out and forgot about the first half, we just did our best best and we held them. We finished fast and ended with a Pick 6.”
Although Coach Bryan Smart’s Bulldogs are in a rebuilding year they showed signs of staying close in the first quarter, but the Longhorns were unyielding and physically beat them down, The Longhorns scored 14 in each of the 4 quarters allowing only 9 points in the first half. They bumped their record up to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district 7A-5 play. St. Cloud is still searching for that first big win and are now 0-5.
Harmony will host the Windermere Wolverines at 7:30 PM who got pounded last week by Lake Nona 49-7. St. Cloud will travel to Liberty who pummeled Tohopekaliga 49-0 on Friday.