Thursday 29th September 2011

by monke

Beach senior quarterback Jake Hardy, right, tries to escape Central McLean linebacker Nathan Rauhauser on Aug. 27 at the Badlands Activities Center. Hardy, one of the state's leading rushers, is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)

One of North Dakota high school football’s leading rushers is out for the season.

Jake Hardy, Beach’s 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior quarterback, tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and meniscus in his left knee during last Friday’s 36-22 victory against Hettinger-Scranton.

Through six games, Hardy rushed for 1,157 yards and 16 touchdowns on 148 carries. He was averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

“It’s like a kick in the gut, that’s for sure,” Buccaneers head coach Mike Zier said “I feel terrible for him.”

Hardy was not only responsible for the bulk of his team’s offensive output, he played a critical role at inside linebacker for the Buccaneers, who with a 3-3 record are still in a fight to get out of Region 4 and reach the 9-man playoffs.

For more on this story, see Friday’s edition of The Dickinson Press.

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