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Walnut Ridge’s Blane Wade picks up some yards for the Bobcats during Friday night’s 33-8 loss to Harrisburg.

The Harrisburg Hornets built a 19-point first-half lead en route to a 33-8 victory over the Walnut Ridge Bobcats in 3A-3 football action Friday night at Harrisburg.

Harrisburg opened the scoring with a touchdown midway through the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The Hornets added two touchdowns in the second period to extend their advantage to 19-0 at halftime.

The lead grew to 27-0 when the Hornets found the end zone at the 6:38 mark of the third quarter.

Walnut Ridge got on the scoreboard on Cole Manning’s two-yard run with 2:22 to play in the third. Manning passed to Mason Andrews for the two-point conversion, cutting Harrisburg’s lead to 27-8.

The Hornets added a final touchdown with 4:50 remaining in the game to set the final score.

For Walnut Ridge, Manning completed eight-of-19 passes, for 83 yards. He was also the Bobcats’ leading rusher, finishing with 124 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

Walker Ward added 55 yards on 14 carries, and Kai Watson rushed five times for 27 yards.

Mari Thomas led the receiving corps with three catches for 28 yards, while Andrews caught two passes for 25 yards. Watson gained 19 yards on two receptions, and Blane Wade caught one pass for 11 yards.

The loss left Walnut Ridge at 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Bobcats take to the road again this week when they travel to Piggott. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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