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Harding is 2-0, beats Stamford

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D.J. Smith of Harding runs the ball. Lindsay Perry/Photo

D.J. Smith of Harding runs the ball.
Lindsay Perry/Photo

After the game was over and the handshakes completed, Harding Coach Jack Cochran ran toward his team and slid in his shorts along the turf into the huddle.

His players went wild.

To say Cochran has turned things around up there this year is an understatement.

Going 2-0, after winning 14-3 over Stamford tonight,  is great but the change is in the way the Harding players carry themselves and the effort put forth on every play.

Harding does nothing special, running an offense you might expect to see on a Pop Warner field instead of the FCIAC where spread offenses are the trend.

The Presidents ran the ball 8 times on the opening drive, going between the tackles most of the time with a sweep or two thrown in during the game.

Stamford just could not stop it.

D.J. Smith was fore out the backfield, running for 111 yards.

  • The Knights are young and have injuries on the line but Harding beat them in all facets of the game Friday night.

Stamford suffered two more injuries with quarterback Jalen Brown hurting his ankle and running back Jerry Aime suffering a thigh injury.

  • If there is a better story in the FCIAC after two weeks than Harding, you let me know. I bet you can’t.

The Presidents face Norwalk and Ludlowe on the road the next two weeks before returning home for two games.

Could the Presidents be 4-0 by the time they return home? Maybe, we will be following it closely.

Stamford, on the other hand, is at Trumbull next week before facing Staples and Ridgefield, so, they better get healthy quick.

 

Scott Ericson

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