09-12-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele


Hartford Football falls to 0-2 with 50-12 loss at Centreville

Friday night, Sept. 6, the Hartford Indian Football team made their first road trip of the 2019 season to Centreville to take on the Bulldogs. The Indians were coming off of a 57-0 trouncing by Cassopolis the week prior, and all eyes were on the team to right the ship. It would not be easy, though, against a Bulldog team that went 9-2 a season ago, and has depth throughout their entire system to sustain their momentum for years to come. This game would be a big test.

The game would be rather close for three quarters, but the fourth quarter turned a relatively close game into a rout, as Centreville defeated Hartford, 50-12. The host Bulldogs got out of the gate quickly, outscoring the Indians, 14-0 in the first quarter, before Hartford trimmed the deficit to 10 at half thanks to a 12-8 scoring advantage in the second stanza. After that, it was all Centreville from there, as they outscored Hartford, 28-0, in the second half, courtesy of a 6-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 22-0 advantage in the fourth and final stanza.

In terms of scoring for Hartford, one touchdown came through the air and one came on the ground. The first scoring drive was capped off when Kyle Manning took the quarterback sneak one yard into the end zone for the touchdown. The extra-point attempt, via a kick, failed, and the Indians scored six on the possession. Their second and final score came on a 33-yard pass from Manning to Dylan Voss, who took it into the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. Hartford went for two on the point after try, and like the scoring drive before, the attempt failed, and the Indians had to settle for six points on that trip.

Centreville outgained Hartford, 411-156, in total yards, and all of the Bulldogs yards came on the ground.

Of the 156 total yards of offense for Hartford, 82 of them were passing yards, and 74 of them were rushing yards. The Indians were led offensively by Kyle Manning, who was 6-of-14 passing for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. Dylan Voss made just one catch, but it was for a team-high 33 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Sinclair made three catches for 31 yards and Joe Beebe added two catches for 18 yards. Sinclair led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 14 times for 37 yards, while Beebe rushed for 31 yards on six carries and Manning added 28 yards on seven carries and a touchdown.

For the second straight game, Beebe led the defensive charge with 13 tackles, while Alex Cook added 12 tackles, and Yair Delgado and Manning pitched in seven tackles each. Zach Harris added a fumble recovery to the defensive statistics.

Hartford is currently 0-2 on the season, and possesses the same record in Southwest 10 Conference play. The Indians hit the road for the second straight week this Friday, Sept. 13, as they travel to Bloomingdale to take on a Cardinals team that is also 0-2 on the season.

Hartford Volleyball wins second straight match with Lawrence sweep

On Tuesday night, Sept. 3, the Hartford Indian Volleyball team was back in action, with the team hosting their second straight home match against the Lawrence Tigers. The ladies were coming off a week which saw them play just one match, but it was a five-set thriller that they won against a tough Three Oaks River Valley squad. With the momentum of that match fresh in their minds, there was no doubt the team would be fired up and ready to go in a rivalry match.

In the match against Lawrence, Hartford was in control from nearly start-to-finish, sweeping the night’s action in straight sets. They won the first set in commanding form, 25-14, before racking up another dominant victory in the second set, 25-12. Lawrence made it interesting in the third and final set, leading for much of it before the Lady Indians turned it around to win the set and match, 25-22.

In terms of statistics, Hartford was led in aces by Lainey Goodson with five, while Megan Nelson added 4 aces and Descenya Rodarte served 3 aces. Alexis Snodgrass led the team in kills with seven, while Mercedes Requenes added 4 kills. Nelson led the team in digs with 20, while Rodarte added 14 digs and Gillian Kuehnle had 11 digs. Other statistical leaders included Kuehnle with 5 assists, while Nelson recorded an additional 4 assists.

Hartford is currently 5-7 on the season. The team has to wait until Saturday, Sept. 14 to see any action, as that is when they will travel to New Buffalo to take part in the New Buffalo Varsity Volleyball Invitational.

Hartford Soccer loses tough 1-0 conference match at Bloomingdale

Wednesday night, Sept. 4, the Hartford Indian Soccer team played their first conference match of the season at Bloomingdale against the Cardinals. This year’s