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Bulldogs to face Murphysboro in second home playoff game

Avery Woolard
Bulldogs prepare to face the Murphysboro Red Devils on Oct. 6.

Following the 27-22 win against Peoria Notre Dame last Saturday, the Harrisburg High School (HHS) Bulldogs will face the Murphysboro Red Devils on Saturday, Nov. 11. 

Murphysboro was described as being a well-rounded and skilled team, according to the head coach of DuQuoin in an article for The Southern Illinoisan.

“Murphysboro is very strong and physical up front,” first-year Du Quoin coach Logan Spain told the Southern. “They are a very well-coached team. Coach (Gary) Carter and his staff have had that program on the upswing the last five years. And it helps that they have athletes all over the place.”

Bulldog head coach Matt Griffith seems to agree that Murphysboro can be heavy on the offensive front. 

“Our first match-up in the regular season, we didn’t execute on the offensive side of the ball,” Griffith said. “We have to control the time of possession and win the turnover battle.  Defensively, we held Murphysboro to 0 until midway through the second quarter. We are looking to continue the early success and continue that into the third and fourth quarters.” 

Junior football player Reed Rider believes the Bulldogs can combat Murphysboro’s heavy offense.

“Our coaching staff has put our defense in the best position possible to combat their offensive line,” Rider said. “Our defense is more than prepared to stop Murphysboro’s offense.”

The Bulldogs have faced Murphysboro before; the team knows what it is going up against.

“Head Coach Gary Carter [is a] familiar opponent since they are in our conference,” Griffith said. “We have plenty of film to prepare for Saturday.”

Rider feels confident to face off against a familiar opponent. 

“The bulldogs are very confident towards the game on Saturday,” Rider said. “Saturday’s game will be an accurate reflection of the success in practice we have had during this week while preparing for Murphysboro.”

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Kylan Jerrell
Kylan Jerrell, Staff Writer
Kylan Jerrell is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is his first year working as an Purple Clarion staff member. He participates in the school band, playing the trombone for the concert, jazz, and marching band. He is also an active member in Key Club, History Club, Music Club and Book Club. He is passionate about literature, writing, and music.  Kylan spends his free time reading, writing short stories and poetry, practicing his instrument and listening to a wide variety of music. He plans on attending school to study both music and literature.  “Student journalism gives a voice to students, both as writers and participants in school activities. It is an essential part of the ‘High School Experience’.”
Avery Woolard
Avery Woolard, Staff Writer
Avery Woolard is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion news production team. In her free time she loves to read, write, and loves to listen to various types of music. She is also employed at Sonic.  After high school Avery plans to go to SIC before transferring to Colorado Univerity of Colorado Springs to study psychology. This is something she is very passionate about.  “Student journalism is important in today's day and age it gives the students a voice and the ability to be heard, along with a better understanding of what is going on around them all the time.”

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