Bowden leads Harding to win, playoffs within reach

Warren G. Harding Raiders football

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Needing a win to have a shot at the post-season, the Warren G. Harding scored 41 unanswered points to top rival Howland 41-7, to give them an inside track to a playoff game next week.

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In the first quarter, the Tigers defense forced the Raiders to go 3-and-out, took control of the ball and needed 11 plays to go 55 yards for the game’s first score. Howland’s junior running back Tyriq Ellis punched it in from five yards out. The successful extra point gave Howland the early 7-0 lead.

The Raiders answered back when quarterback Lynn Bowden called his own number and took it 34 yards for the score. An unsuccessful extra-point made it 7-6 Tigers.

In the second quarter, Bowden used a couple slick moves and beat the entire Howland defense en-route to a 53 yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion gave the Raiders the 14-7 lead.

In the third quarter the Raiders took control. First, Bowden found the endzone for the third time, this time from 28 yards out to increase the Warren G. Harding lead to 21-7.

Then, following a Tiger turnover, the Raiders capitalized with a one yard touchdown run by Keemari Murry to push the lead to 28-7.

In the fourth quarter, Bowden handed to Murry who broke through the Tiger defense for his second touchdown on the game, this time from 27 yards out. A successful extra-point pushed the Raider lead to 35-7.

Later in the quarter Isaiah Wells capped the scoring with a five yard touchdown run.

Howland (6-4) entered the game ranked 14th in Division III, Region 7.

Warren G. Harding (7-3) entered the game ranked ninth in Division II, Region 3.

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