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Breds bowled over by Indians’ running game

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Thorobreds suffered their first loss Friday night as the Montgomery County Indians ran over the Breds for the 28-19 win.  
The victory was the first for Montgomery County as they improved to 1-2 in the young season while the Breds dropped to 2-1.
Harrison County took the opening kickoff and ran nine plays before they gave the ball up on a Taylor Bolin punt down to the Montgomery County 12-yard line.  
The Indians picked up a first down by pass and one by rushing but they had to punt the ball back to Harrison County who took over on their own 33.  
Again the Breds moved the ball on the ground picking up 50 yards down to the Indians’ 17. The drive stalled there and Bolin’s field goal attempt was wide left and the game remained scoreless as the second quarter began.
Even as early in the game as the missed field goal was it turned out to be one of the keys to the game.  
One reason it was so important was that the Montgomery County offense began to take advantage of Harrison County having only six defenders in the box to allow their huge running back Uvea Moala to begin picking up yardage at a very quick rate.  
The 260-pound back romped to 38 of the Indians’ yards on the next drive in six carries to post the first score of the game with 7:36 left in the second quarter. After Moala scored on a one-yard run and the point after was added, the Indians took the lead 7-0.  
The Breds’ Zack Mastin fumbled in the next possession for Harrison County but on the first play from scrimmage after the turnover, Justin Hunter picked off an errant pass and ran it to the Montgomery County 48.  
The following play saw Mastin take the ball off tackle into the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown run.  
Bolin’s point after was good and with six minutes left in the half the score was knotted at 7-7.   
The Indians were three-and-out on the next possession turning the ball back to Harrison County on their own 43. After a holding penalty put the ball back on the 28, Mastin lost four yards back to the 24.  
Montgomery County helped the Breds on the next play when they were called for defensive pass interference making it third and nine from the Harrison County 39-yard line.  
Starting quarterback Robbie Stroub was on the sideline with an injured shoulder and sophomore Brock Jenkins hit Jovon Williams with a bullet pass across the middle on a deep crossing pattern and the speedster rolled into the end zone for a 13-7 Harrison County lead.  
Bolin’s extra point try was blocked so the score remained 13-7 with almost three minutes left in the half.  
Bolin’s kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback and the Indians started the next series on their own 20-yard line.  
The first play caught the Thorobreds on their heels when quarterback Chaiten Tomlin hit wide receiver Joe Chism with a pass and he carried the pigskin the 80 yards for the score and the extra point gave the Indians a 14-13 halftime lead.
Montgomery County received the second half kick off and controlled the ball for almost five minutes as they went on a 65-yard, 10-play drive to take a 21-13 lead.  
The following kickoff turned out to be the back breaker for Harrison County as the Indians recovered the ball in front of the Thorobreds’ bench to take possession on the home 35-yard line.  
Harrison County’s defense stiffened and held the Indians without a score on the ensuing drive but it was another five plays for the defense and the offense took over on their own four-yard line.  
The Breds ran the only three plays they would run in the third period and punted the ball out of the end zone back to the Indians on the Harrison County 49.  
The third quarter ended with Montgomery County driving the ball to the Thorobreds’ 16-yard line.
Two plays into the fourth period, Montgomery County scored again on another pass this time to Braxton Hopkins for a 28-13 lead with time running out for Harrison County.  
Stroub came back into the game and drove the Thorobreds on a nine-play, 54-yard drive with Mastin scoring on a two-yard run. The try for two was not good and, with nine minutes left, the home squad had battled back to a 28-19 deficit.  
Moala and the Indians took another three and one half minutes off the clock before Montgomery County turned the ball back to Harrison County on the Thorobreds’ nine-yard line.  
The Breds drove the ball down the field but ran out of downs on the Montgomery County 29 and the Indians ran out the clock for the victory.
Moala was the main culprit for Montgomery County as he ran for 166 yards on 30 carries.  
The six men in the box against seven blockers gave the 260-pound senior down hill runs for the entire second half.  
Tomlin was 10 for 19 for 160 yards through the air with two touchdowns.  
Mastin was the leading rusher for Harrison County with 80 tough yards on nine tries.  Stroub was 13 for 23 for 122 yards and Jenkins was four for seven for 81 yards for 203 passing yards for Harrison County.  
Williams had 100 yards receiving for the game to lead the Harrison County receiving corps.
“Moala was the difference in the game,” said Harrison County coach Jim Carr. “Their big offensive line blocked very well for him. Even with all of Moala’s success running the ball though the kick that they recovered really hurt us along with the blocked point after.”
The next game for the Thorobreds will be Friday when Mason County (2-0) visits the Hilltop for homecoming.