WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two traditional powers met up at Mollenkopf Stadium Friday night with Warren Harding hosting Ursuline.
The Harding defense came to play and forced four turnovers in a 34-0 victory for the Raiders.
Harding got on the board with 8:47 left in the first quarter on the defensive end when Emarion Perkins registered a sack and a forced fumble in the Ursuline end zone and the ball was recovered by Jabari Felton for a touchdown. After a successful pat, Harding led 7-0.
The Harding defense showed up again later in the quarter with Jasier Graham recovering a fumble on the Irish six yard line. This led to the first Harding score on offense on the night, a five yard touchdown pass from Marcus Brown to Brandon Arnold with 2:19 left in the first quarter to extend the lead to 14-0.
A 22 yard field goal from Noah Murry with 2:07 left in the first half gave Harding a 17-0 lead.
The Harding defense showed up big one more time before the end of the first half, stopping a fake punt attempt and turning the Irish over on downs leading to three more points before half. Murry was good from 25 yards on his second field goal with :49 remaining in the first half. Harding took a 20-0 lead into the locker room at half.
Elijah Taylor connected with Jamel Anderson for a 46 yard touchdown pass to extend the Harding lead to 34-0 midway through the third quarter.
The final Raider score came on an Elizah Smith 20 yard touchdown run late in the game.
Taylor finished with 160 yards passing on the night completing 15 of 32 attempts.
Smith led the ground attack for the Raiders with 76 yards on 15 carries.