Third-round playoff preview/pick | John Hardin at Shelby County

Third-round playoff preview/pick | John Hardin at Shelby County

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Third-round playoff preview/pick | John Hardin at Shelby County

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JOHN HARDIN (8-4) AT SHELBY COUNTY (11-1)

* Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

* Next week: Winner will host South Warren-Franklin-Simpson winner in Class 4-A state semifinal.

* John Hardin: The Bulldogs are in a regional final for the 10th straight year after defeating Spencer County 36-22 last week. Senior Robert Shorter rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and senior quarterback Dominique Williams completed all six of his passes for 86 yards and two scores. The Bulldogs fell to the Rockets 44-14 last year in a regional final.

* Shelby County: The Rockets enter with an 11-game winning streak after knocking off rival Collins 24-18 last week. Senior Tyler Drane rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for a score. Junior Caleb Morehead added 193 yards on 32 carries. Coach Todd Shipley said senior lineman Hayden Tedford “got dinged up” against Collins but should play against John Hardin. “We’ll see how long he lasts,” Shipley said.

* Quotable: “There may have been some underestimation on (John Hardin’s) part against us last year,” Shipley said. “They’ve had so much success at their place and with going to the semifinals. They may have overlooked us, but that’s not going to happen this year.”

* Pick: Shelby County 34-30.

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