Harlem football coach Jimmie Lewis could only tip his hat toward the Washington County sideline last Friday. His Bulldogs fell to the visiting Golden Hawks 33-7 in a Region 3B-AAA contest.
"They're not a 1-5 team," Lewis said. "They're a good football team. They're a lot better than we are. In fact, it was 33-7, and they're even better than that."
That's the kind of night the Bulldogs had after starting region play 1-0 with a dramatic overtime win at Glenn Hills a week earlier. The emotional high after the region win didn't help to ward off Washington County (2-5, 1-1 Region 3B-AAA) and its dominating rushing game that totaled 346 yards of offense.
Golden Hawk junior Keith Swint took care of most of those yards with a two-touchdown, 232-yard performance. He averaged just more than 6.4 yards per carry on 36 rushes.
"He came to play tonight," Lewis said. "He really didn't impress us that much on the film, but he impressed us tonight. But you also got to give their offensive line credit. Their offensive line blew us off the ball."
Washington County tallied 197 rushing yards through the first two quarters, but Harlem trailed by six points at halftime. Bulldog backup tailback Seth Hill was a big reason why.
The junior was the lone spark for the home team in the first half. He first touched the ball on a pair of carries late in the second quarter. His first run was good for 29 yards and a first down. The second attempt saw Hill score from 35 yards out.
"Seth's a good running back," Lewis said. "We just needed to stop them, and we didn't."
Hill finished the game with 85 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Washington County's Markeist Warthen threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Danzy in the second half. Eric Brown padded the lead with a three-yard touchdown run of his own.
Harlem (2-5, 1-1 Region 3B-AAA) will hit the road on Friday for another region game at undefeated Thomson (6-0-1, 2-0).
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