The Harrison County Thorobreds made their season record 2-0 for the first time since 2007 as they outscored Gallatin County 34-24 Sunday in the Commonwealth Counseling Bowl at Grant County.
The Breds won their first-ever Sunday game with a balanced attack that put 453 total yards on the board 216 rushing and 237 through the air.
Quarterback Robbie Stroub threw 17 times completing 13 for the yardage and had one pass intercepted after it was tipped as he played a complete ball game.
The game began with the Breds marching right down the field following a good kick off return by Kellon Williams on a short Wildcat kick brought the ball all the way to the Gallatin County 40-yard line.
After a 13-yard pass on third down to Zach Royce kept the drive alive, Justin Hunter ran the ball to the Gallatin County five on a 13-yard run.
Two plays later Stroub hit sophomore receiver Brock Jenkins on a four-yard touchdown pass and after the Taylor Bolin point-after, the Thorobreds lead 7-0 with a little more than seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
It didn’t take long for the veteran Gallatin County squad to respond as Bolin’s kickoff was taken 97 yards by senior running back Nate McCoy for a touchdown.
The two-point conversion again to McCoy from senior quarterback Austin Chapman gave the Wildcats the lead at 8-7 with still seven minutes to play in the quarter.
Harrison County brought the kickoff back to their own 34-yard line to begin the second series of downs.
After a running play lost a yard, Stroub hit Jovon Williams with an 11-yard pass for a first down.
Following an illegal procedure penalty on the Breds, which took them back five yards (Harrison County had nine penalties for 72 yards), Stroub hit Zack Mastin for 12 yards and Williams for another 26 taking the ball to the Gallatin County 23.
Mastin carried for two, then on second down, Stroub hit Hunter on a 21-yard scoring play and the Breds had a lead that they would not surrender.
It seemed that the Harrison County line came to life in the next several series as they stifled the Gallatin County attack the remainder of the half and held the talented Wildcat running game to only 52 yards for the game.
Two big plays in the half on defense were pass interceptions by Hunter and Jenkins.
The Thorobreds meanwhile scored on a Bolin 27-yard field goal and a Stroub-to-Hunter 52-yard touchdown pass to take a 24-8 lead into the half.
The second half began as the first had ended with Harrison County stopping Gallatin County in three plays getting the ball on their own 44 to start the first scoring drive of the second half.
A Stroub-to-Royce 15-yard touchdown pass made the score 31-8 with just under seven minutes to play in the third period.
The veteran Wildcat squad was not going away easily though and they drove the ball down the field on the next possession on a seven-play 57-yard drive to score again with McCoy doing the damage on a three-yard run.
Gallatin County again converted a two-point conversion making the score 31-16 with five minutes to play in the period.
Harrison County took the ball right back down the field on a five-play drive but the drive stalled and the Breds had to settle for Bolin’s second field goal, this one from 32 yards, to make the score 34-16.
The Gallatin County team had one more score left in them as they took the following kickoff and drove the ball for a 10-play scoring drive with McCoy again scoring from three yards out on a pass from Chapman with 11 minutes to play on the game.
The teams each moved the ball, the Breds with sophomore Jenkins at quarterback, in the fourth quarter but were unable to score.
Harrison County took five minutes off the clock with Jenkins at the helm following an injury to Stroub as they drove the ball for a nine-play drive before turning the ball over on downs at the Gallatin County 26-yard line.
The Thorobreds’ defense stopped the Wildcats on downs with five minutes left only to fumble the first play and give the ball right back on the Harrison County 29.
The defense once again held and Harrison County took over on downs. This time the Breds drove the ball seven plays and 52 yards before the officials decided that Royce fumbled after an 11-yard pass play had the ball at the Gallatin County 26 with a little over a minute left.
The defense stopped the passing of Chapman and the Breds came away with the win.
Gallatin County’s McCoy was the major thorn in the Breds’ side as he scored three times and had two conversions for 22 of the Wildcats’ 24 points.
Chapman was forced to throw the ball 41 times completing 17 with two interceptions as the Breds took the vaunted running game away on this Sunday afternoon.
Hunter was the leading receiver for the Thorobreds with 80 yards and two touchdowns. Williams had 73 yards and Royce had 68 and a touchdown. Jenkins’ touchdown catch was his only catch of the day.
Hunter carried the ball 15 times for 110 yards so he had 190 yards of offense.
Mastin carried for 95 yards in 15 tries.
“I am really happy for the boys,” said Coach Jim Carr. “A win is a win and this was a good football team that we beat today. Our conditioning and strength helped us win this game.”
The Thorobreds take the field at the Athletic Complex this Friday night against long-time rival Montgomery County. The Indians are 0-2 losing to Pulaski County Friday night 38-7.