WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Harding’s season opener was spoiled by the visiting-Canton McKinley Bulldogs, 33-14.

The Raiders have not won a week one contest since 2016.

Canton McKinley’s Shaukeer Hatcher raced 5 yards to give the visitors the 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Back came Harding, Ryan Powell concluded an impressive drive from 5 yards out. The Raiders’ quarterback Drew McKowan connected with Devin Morgan on a 41-yard pass play to set up Powell’s run.

Late in the second quarter, Keaton Rode tossed a 36-yard touchdown strike to Xavier Harris to put McKinley back on top (14-7) with 21 seconds to go.

On the ensuing kickoff return, Airiz Coleman-Bey’s 75-yard kickoff return tied the contest at 14 as it was even at the intermission.

The Bulldogs’ ball carrier Nino Hill opened the second half with a pair of touchdowns.

Canton McKinley outscored the Raiders in the second half 19-0.

Harding will visit Buchtel on Saturday. The Bulldogs will play their home opener in week two against Avon.

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