Wildcats remain undefeated after dominant first quarter

Harding Academy's 49-6 win at Cedar Ridge on Friday gave the Wildcats a perfect 10-0 record and a No. 1 seed in the 3A playoffs. Harding Academy will take on Genoa Central next week at home in the first round.

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The Harding Academy Wildcats have run roughshod over the 2-3A this season. Thursday night at Cedar Ridge was no different.

The bad news on Thursday was that the Wildcats' shutout streak ended in the first quarter. The good new is that the Cats scored 49 in that same quarter and beat the Timberwolves 49-6, which happened to also be the score after the first quarter.

Head coach Neil Evans was able to clear the bench and allow others to get playing time including freshman quarterback Kade Smith, who matched starter Caden Sipe's passing line. Both competed seven passes in nine attempts. Smith's seven added up to 106 yards and no touchdowns while Sipe threw for 134 yards and four TDs.

As a team, the Wildcats rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

Harding Academy's defense has allowed only 74 points in conference play, 44 of those belonging to Clinton. Before allowing Cedar Ridge's six points on Thursday, Harding Academy had shut out its previous four opponents. The last points they allowed were against Mountain View on Oct. 11.

The win puts the Cats with an unbeaten 10-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They will play Genoa Central on Friday in the first round at home.

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