Battle of Unbeatens with John Hardin and Bowling Green
In Class 5A it will be a battle of two 13-0 football teams Friday night in Bowling Green. John Hardin and Bowling Green square off in what should be one of the best games of the year with the winner likely being the favorite to take home the state title.
The Purples are led by Scooter Hollis a duel threat quarterback that can beat you either with his feet or his arm and a solid defense that has only given up 99 points in 13 games. John Hardin has a good mix of offense and defense as well. The Bulldogs feature a pair of running backs, Jeremy Harness and Quinsie Brown, the duo have combined for 40 touchdowns this year.
The Bulldogs of John Hardin may have to rely more on there defense against the Purples because the explosive running back combination of Harness and Brown have been banged up a little as of late.”We lost eight starters of of defense last year,” said John Hardin coach Mark Brown. “We didn’t know how they would be but they have been a real surprise this year. Our defense is one of the best we’ve ever had here. They’re doing a great job and have been all year long.”
The running back tandem of Harness and Brown have put up some impressive numbers running behind a big and experienced offensive line led by Hunter Holloway. Jeremy Harness has run for over 1500 yards this season and scored 22 touchdowns. His counterpart, Quinsie Brown, has not been far behind the speedy Harness. Brown has run for almost 1000 yards himself with 18 touchdowns.
Harness and Holloway both have offers to Murray State, while Harness has also drawn offers from Alcorn State, Eastern Kentucky, and Tennessee-Martin.
Other than Trinity and Highlands, no other team has been as dominant as the Bowling Green Purples. The Purples returned over 30 of seniors from last year. One of those senior leaders is quarterback Scooter Hollis. Hollis has completed nearly 70% of his passes with a 23 to 3 touchdown passes to interceptions ratio. He also has nearly 600 yards rushing making him a serious dual threat quarterback. “Scooter Hollis has had an outstanding season, perhaps one of the best seasons in the history of this high school,” said coach Kevin Wallace. ” He is a major reason we are 13-0.”
Protecting him up front is a powerful offensive line featuring Louisville commit Joe Manley. Manley is a big 6’7″ 307 lb three star lineman and one of the top recruits in the state. Hunter Neveras leads the Purples backfield by committee with 13 touchdowns. The Purples are rock solid on defense as well, coach Kevin Wallace’s defense is allowing only 8 points per game.
Turnovers and miscues could easily decide this game. Both teams are big physical teams with speed as well. When asked how they matched up coach Wallace may have summed it up best with ” I think we match up pretty well, I guess we will find out Friday night.”