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Harding withstands a Ursuline Rally

By Gary Housteau-Vindicator, 09/24/16, 10:15AM EDT


WARREN-On a special Hall of Fame night in Warren when heroes of old from the Harding Panthers, Western Reserve Raiders and Harding Raiders were honored at halftime, Lynn Bowden added to his credentials for future admittance to the star-studded club.

The senior quarterback accounted for all five touchdowns, four on the ground and one in the air, as the Raiders ran away from a tight ball game after three quarters to beat Ursuline 34-19.

“When you have legends here, you don’t want to lose in front of your legends,” Harding coach Steve Arnold said. “You have Paul Warfield and Ross Browner and some of Warren’s greatest athletes here and they’re sitting in the stands, you don’t want to lose when those guys are here. When is the next time they’re going to see a Harding game. But it’s a great weekend to have these legends come home to play in front of them. So it was very special.”

Trailing 21-7 at the intermission, Ursuline came out and added two third-quarter scores to close the deficit to 21-19 as Spencer Warren and Joe Floyd scored on runs of 2 and 18 yards respectively and the Irish (2-3) trailed by just two points after three periods.

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