“While there were some things we improved on, we took a step back overall tonight,” said Coach Jim Carr after the Bourbon County loss. “We were not as aggressive as we needed to be and Bourbon County took advantage of that fact.”
Friday’s football game started out on a strange note with the Colonels seemingly kicking an onside kick to send a message that this was going to be a hard hitting, tough game.
The Breds recovered the loose ball on the Colonels 35-five yard line but the officials ruled that the ball was down on the Thorobreds 47 saying that the ball was possessed with a knee on the ground.
The Breds marched to the Bourbon County 37 on the second play from scrimmage on a Bourbon County personal foul.
Harrison County could only advance to the 33 in the next three downs and senior Daniel Klapheke’s 50-yard field goal try was wide to the left though he had plenty of distance on the kick.
The missed field goal try brought the ball to the Bourbon County 20 where, on the first play transfer, quarterback Dalton Pope hit Charles Johnson on an 80-yard pass and run for a touchdown.
Houston Cox ran in the extra point for the two-point conversion with only two-plus minutes gone in the game for the 8-0 lead.
The Breds fumbled on their next possession on their own 11 that the Colonels recovered and two plays later Kentayvous Hopkins carried the ball in for a 4-yard touchdown.
Tyler Ishmael’s pass to Michael Yazell made the score 16-0 with seven minutes left in the opening quarter.
A miscue on the next kick off found Harrison County on their own 1-yard line where the Breds went three-and-out with Klapheke’s punt traveling only to the Harrison County 22-yard line.
A penalty moved the Colonels to the 27, but on the next play, Hopkins carried the ball in for a 27-yard touchdown.
The extra point was kicked this time by Josue Soriano making the score 23-0 with more than four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The teams battled fairly evenly the remainder of the period as the score remained 23-0 at the end of the quarter.
The first play after Bourbon County took over in the second quarter was a low point of the game as Johnson, while running the ball in for an apparent score from the Bourbon County 21-yard line, taunted the Harrison County defenders erasing the score and bringing the ball back to the Harrison County 32-yard line.
Three plays later, the Colonels continued the total dominance with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Pope to Hayden Cox which, with the extra point, made the score 30-0.
Bourbon County scored two more times in the second quarter making the half time score 44-0.
Harrison County continued to battle in the second half outscoring the Colonels 8 to 7 in the last two periods.
After Bourbon County made the score 51-0 on a 92-yard pass from Pope to Hopkins, the Thorobreds took over on their own 20-yard line.
The Breds, with the clock operating in the continuous running mode, marched on a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive to score on a 12-yard pass to Elijah Gross from Robbie Stroub for the Breds first score.
Stroub ran the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion making the final score 51-8.
The continuous clock allowed only 13 plays in the fourth quarter and there was not another play following the Harrison County score though the score happened with two minutes and 15 seconds to go in the game.
The win improved the Bourbon County record to 4-0 for the year while the Breds fell to 0-5.
Harrison County will have a week off before the Highlands Bluebirds roll into the Athletic Complex on Sept. 28 for a battle with the Breds.
The Bluebirds are undefeated on the year and are widely considered to be the top team in the state not in Louisville.