The Harrison County football Thorobreds closed out the regular season Friday night as they defeated the Woodford County Yellowjackets 41-34 in a game of momentum changes.
The win improves Harrison County to 3-7 while the 5A Woodford County squad drops to 1-9 losing their fifth straight game.
The Thorobreds surrendered the game’s first points when Woodford County took the opening kick and marched down the field on a nine-play 80-yard drive for the touchdown.
Kainan Hudson carried the ball in from one yard out for the score.
The point-after was missed giving Woodford County the 6-0 lead. Not to be outdone the Thorobreds took the ensuing kick off and ran the ball down the field for a score on a three-yard Zach Mastin touchdown run.
This drive featured seven running plays, the longest a key third-down run by Jovon Williams, for a 34-yard gain. Taylor Bolin’s point-after was good and the Breds had a lead that they would never surrender 7-6.
The first quarter ended 7-6 but it didn’t take long for the Thorobreds to score in the second stanza.
After a fumble by Woodford County on their own 28-yard line the Harrison County offense took only four plays to make the score 13-6 as quarterback Robbie Stroub carried around end on a 13-yard touchdown run.
Bolin’s point-after was missed, however, for the 13-6 score.
Woodford County was three and out on the next series giving up the ball on a punt to the Harrison County 40-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Justin Hunter sprinted 60 yards for the score and Stroub’s run for the two-point conversion made the score 21-6 in favor of the visitors from Harrison County with seven minutes still to play in the first half.
Woodford County mounted a drive on its next possession grounding out a seven-play drive but they gave the ball up on downs at their own 48-yard line with four minutes left in the half.
Five plays later, the Thorobreds were again standing in the end zone as Stroub hit Hunter with a 30-yard pass for a score.
Bolin’s kick was good and the halftime score was 28-6 with everything looking good for Harrison County.
Beginning the second half, Harrison County recovered what was to be the first of four onside kicks from the Yellowjackets on the Breds 47-yard line.
Harrison County took the ball down as far as the 16 before the Breds settled for a 34-yard field goal attempt which Bolin missed.
This seemed to turn the momentum of the game as the Woodford County team was inspired, it appeared, as they drove down the field to the Thorobreds’ seven-yard line before Williams intercepted a Trey Thurman pass in the end zone for a touch back.
The relief was short lived, however, as on the second play in the Harrison County series, Stroub suffered a vicious hit as he was running along the sideline causing a fumble that Woodford County recovered.
The ball was spotted on the Thorobreds’ 39-yard line and shortly after Thurman ran the ball into the end zone from 15 yards out for a score.
The point after by senior kicker Zack Korby was good reducing the Harrison County advantage to 28-13.
Again Woodford County attempted an onside kick this time the ball bounced off a Harrison County player and the Yellowjackets recovered on the Harrison County 48-yard line.
After an illegal procedure penalty on Woodford County, running back Kaine Buchanan-Maxberry galloped 53 yards for a score and what was a comfortable lead was in jeopardy.
Korby’s kick was good and the score stood at 28-20 with less than one minute to play in the third period.
Harrison County rallied to score on the next possession. Again Woodford County tried the onside kick but Harrison County recovered this time on their own 49-yard line.
Five plays later, Hunter took the ball off tackle for a 27-yard scamper putting his Breds back on top by two scores 34-20.
Woodford County fumbled on their next possession as Hunter really hit Buchanan-Maxberry and sophomore Colin Coy picked the ball out of the air and ran it down to the Woodford County six-yard line.
The Thorobreds backed up with a holding penalty to the 23 before Stroub hit Hunter with a 23-yard touchdown pass on an outstanding throw and a great over the shoulder catch.
Bolin’s kick made it 41-20 and the Breds withstood another bout of poor tackling to hold on for the 41-34 win.
Hunter was the offensive gem of the night for Harrison County gaining 53 yards through the air and rushing 16 times for 133 yards.
He scored four touchdowns and had the big fumble causing hit in the fourth period. Stroub ran for one touchdown and threw for two more in a steady performance.
Woodford County rushed for 314 yards in a losing effort as they outgained the Thorobreds 409 to 385 in total yards. Harrison County’s defense was again suspect at best with many missed tackles and faulty alignments.
The Thorobreds will begin playoff action this Friday as they travel to Paintsville to play the 10-0 Johnson Central Golden Eagles.
Johnson Central is thought to have one of its best teams if not the very best teams that it has put out on the gridiron.