Forty-four total yards and five first downs will not win many if any games. Yet that was the total output for the Harrison County Thorobreds Friday night in the homecoming battle with the Covington Holmes Bulldogs.
Homecoming Queen Kaitlyn Gooden and King Todd Vaughn ruled over the Friday night festivities that featured improved play for the Thorobreds, especially defensively, but in the end the Breds could not score and the Bulldogs scored twice.
“We just didn’t block them for whatever reason,” bemoaned Coach Jim Carr. “Our defense played very well especially some of the younger guys. Jovon (Williams) shut down their best receiver who is supposed to be one of the best in the state, Brock Jenkins, Robbie Stroub, Spencer Covington, Tank (James) McCall, Zach Royce and Zack Mastin all stood out on defense but our offense just did not get the job done. We will be hard at work on Monday to improve the offense and to keep improving the defense.”
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession after the Breds were three and out following the kick off.
Harrison County started in a hole when the kickoff to open the game was only returned to the 9-yard line. The punt by Daniel Klapheke just put Holmes on the Harrison County 36 but it took the Bulldogs 11 plays to drive the ball down and score on a DeSean Peterson 7-yard run with six minutes left in the opening period.
The extra point made it 7-0 and that is where the score stayed for the next 15 possessions.
Harrison County had only one first down in the first half and Holmes had only three after the opening drive.
The Bulldogs did threaten to score at the end of the first period but had to give up the ball on downs on the Harrison County 15-yard line.
Holmes took the second half kickoff and returned it to the Harrison County 48-yard line. But the Breds defense caused a three-and-out taking the rock over on their own 33.
From there, a run by Brandon Morris and one by Zack Mastin gave the Thorobreds a first down on the 43. However, a fumble on the next play ended the abbreviated drive and the Bulldogs took possession.
The Breds defense again held and the Holmes punter placed the kick on the Harrison County 3-yard line to put the Thorobreds deep in their own territory.
A Stroub to Elijah Gross pass took the ball out to the 30 but that was all the Breds could muster and they again had to kick the ball away.
After the two teams exchanged possessions, the Bulldogs drove the ball on a six-play drive to open the fourth quarter but Jovon Williams intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop the Holmes advance.
Unfortunately Harrison County fumbled on the next play and three plays later Jamon Scruggs ran it in from nine yards out for the final 14-0 score.
Offensively, for the game, the Breds passing attack was only 3 of 18 for 34 yards.
The leading rusher for the Breds was Zack Mastin with 12 yards in 9 carries. Harrison County only committed three penalties for 26 yards and fumbled four times losing two of them.
Holmes gained 230 yards, 11 through the air. They committed 14 penalties for 140 yards, only fumbled once and did not lose that one.
Donshea Wilson was the Bulldogs leading ground gainer with 71 yards in 13 carries. The win improves the Bulldogs to 5-2 for the year while the Breds are 0-7.
Harrison County next travels to Covington Catholic (5-2) for a Saturday afternoon game this Saturday at 1 p.m.