UPDATED: Harden resigns at Perry

jheeter@macon.comApril 25, 2013 

Stacey Harden resigned as the head football coach at Perry on Wednesday, according to a source.

Harden led the Panthers to the playoffs in each of his three years as head coach.

E-mails and phone messages left with Harden weren't immediately returned.

A job posting for head football coach and athletics director posted to the Houston County Board of Education website on Friday afternoon. The job closes on May 7.

Perry went 19-14 under Harden, losing road playoff games each year to powerhouse programs.

The Panthers lost to Sandy Creek in the first round in 2010 and the Patriots went on to win the state championship.

Perry beat Westside in the regular-season finale in 2011 to earn a playoff spot, but the Panthers lost on the road to Cairo.

This past season, Perry fell to Burke County – a team is 24-3 over the past two years – in the playoffs.

Harden put together a stretch of three straight winning seasons for only the fourth instance of such a string in school history.

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