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High School football – Open Week Gives Hazard Time to Prepare for District Play

Hazard falls to Somerset – Photo by Larry Robinson

September 12, 2018 – JJ BAKER- Bluegrass Sports Nation-Hazard Football Columnist

 
The Bulldogs will enjoy a Friday off this week as they prepare to get into the heart of their schedule. The Bulldogs bye week will come after a heart breaking loss in week 3 that saw them fall to the Somerset Briar Jumpers 24-10 in a game most of the team felt confident about winning going into last Friday night. The loss comes after impressive wins against 5A District 8 defending regional champion the Harlan County Black Bears and the 5A Letcher Central Cougars. Besides some early breakdowns on defense against the Black Bears, Hazard had been very stingy on defense and dominant on offense. They also have some of the best young players that have been through the program in a few years. Several of the freshman and sophomores are competing for starting varsity positions on an experienced returning team.

High School Football – Briar Jumpers Hand Hazard Their First Loss of the Season 24-10

Hazard falls to Somerset – Photo by Larry Robinson

September 7, 2018 – Somerset, Kentucky / JJ Baker – Bluegrass Sports Nation Hazard / Football Columnist

Hazard traveled to Somerset Friday night for what has been an intense rivalry over the last 8 years. Coming into the game the Briar Jumpers lead the series 4 games to 3 in the previous 7 meetings. Somerset had beaten Lincoln County and Williamsburg the first 2 weeks of the season, but had fallen 28-0 to 1A powerhouse Beechwood the week before in a weather shortened affair. Continue reading High School Football – Briar Jumpers Hand Hazard Their First Loss of the Season 24-10

High School Football – The Hazard Bulldogs vs the Somerset Briar Jumpers Week 3 Preview

Hazard Bulldogs – Photo by Larry Robinson – BSN

Article by JJ Baker – Bluegrass Sports Nation 9-5-18
The Hazard Bulldogs will be on the road for the third consecutive week to take on the Briar Jumpers of Somerset in a week 3 match up of familiar foes. In what has become an annual tradition of late, the Bulldogs will look to extend their regular season win streak to three and Somerset is looking to bounce back from a weather shortened game against Beechwood that saw them fall 28-0. This is an important match up for the Bulldogs as it will give them a gauge of where they stand against a comparable opponent to the #1 team in Class A, the Beechwood Tigers. Somerset looks as though it will be the toughest opponent yet for the Dogs in this young season. Continue reading High School Football – The Hazard Bulldogs vs the Somerset Briar Jumpers Week 3 Preview

High School Football – Bulldogs Roll To Victory Against Letcher Central

Hazard vs LCC 8-31-18 – Photo by Larry Robinson

Article by JJ Baker -Bluegrass Sports Nation – August 31st 2018

The Hazard Bulldogs extended their regular season winning streak to 2 after their lightning delayed game finish just before midnight Friday night. The Cougars entered the night 0-2 with their two loses coming to Knox Central and Bell County. The Bulldogs were fresh of a season opening victory against the Harlan County Black Bears. With several games in the area being delayed due to lightening, the Cougars and Bulldogs would end up warming up twice before the contest finally got underway around the 9:00pm mark. Continue reading High School Football – Bulldogs Roll To Victory Against Letcher Central

HS Football – Hazard vs Letcher County Central Preview

Hazard travels to Letcher Central Friday night – Photos by Ernie Sexton & Larry Robinson

(Article by BSN Contributor JJ BAKER)
Hazard, KY – 8-30-18
Week 2 of the Kentucky high school football season starts Friday night and the Hazard Bulldogs will make the trip down Highway 15 South to take on the Letcher County Central Cougars. This will be the ninth time the two teams have faced off since 2007. Hazard leads the series 7-1. Hillard Howard’s 2009 squad was the last team to post a win against the Bulldogs. Continue reading HS Football – Hazard vs Letcher County Central Preview

High School Football – Hazard Escapes Harlan with a Win

Hazard opens season with win at Harlan – Photo by Larry Robinson – BSN

Harlan, KY 8-24-18
JJ Baker – BSN Contributor

The ride home Friday night was an easy one for the Hazard Bulldogs after a 43-26 win over defending 5A District 8 Regional Champion Harlan County. This was Hazard’s season opener and the Black Bear’s home opener for the 2018 campaign. Both teams were looking for their first win after Harlan County fell at Ashland last week to the Tomcats 49-6. Continue reading High School Football – Hazard Escapes Harlan with a Win

High School Football – Hazard v Harlan County Preview

Hazard travels to Harlan Co. – Photo by Brendon Miller

(Article by BSN contributor JJ Baker)The Bulldogs will travel over Pine Mountain Friday night to take on the Harlan County Black Bears in what will be only the second time the two schools have met on the gridiron. Last year the Bulldogs used home field advantage and a smothering defense to claim the victory and go up in the series 1-0. Harlan then went on to make it to the 5A state semi-finals where they beaten by eventual 5A state runner-up Madison Southern. Continue reading High School Football – Hazard v Harlan County Preview