The first quarter and most of the first half saw Harrison County hold its own with the fourth rated team in 4A but the Covington Catholic Colonels beat them down in the second half for a 42-6 win Friday night.
The Senior Night crowd saw the Thorobreds go three and out on the game’s first offensive possession and the Colonels’ Sam Dressman carry the pigskin 54 yards on the fifth play for Covington Catholic.
After the visitors established the 7-0 lead, the home fans had to be saying ‘here we go again.’
However, the Thorobreds’ defense stiffened and held the Colonels for the remainder of the quarter as the score remained 7-0.
The issue for Harrison County was the glaring inability to sustain any kind of offensive production. Even on their third possession when the Colonels had two penalties totaling 20 yards, Harrison County could only muster six yards in four plays other than the penalty yardage.
The second quarter saw more of the same as Jovon Williams halted a Covington Catholic drive with a pass interception and a 52-yard return to give the Thorobreds the ball in Covington Catholic territory.
Even with this momentum the Thorobreds picked up one first down and gave up the ball on downs with 5:48 to play in the half.
The Colonels used this change of fate to energize their offense and took the ball 71 yards in six plays for the second touchdown of the night on a one-yard Dressman run to make the score 14-0 after Jacob Litzler’s second point-after kick.
The next Harrison County possession was more of the same despite two more Covington Catholic penalties the Breds could not move the ball and were three and out.
Again the boosted Colonel offense took the ball on an eight-play, 68-yard drive this time scoring on a Ben Dressman to Sam Dressman 8-yard pass.
Following the point after the score stood at 21-0 with time running out in the first half.
The ensuing kick off saw the total of Harrison County’s offense on this night as Williams followed some outstanding blocking from Jordan Kenney and Brian Davis to take the ball 96 yards for the Harrison County touchdown.
The kick was blocked so the halftime score was 21-6 and the Thorobreds seemed to be in the game.
They seemed to be in the game until the second half began as on the second play from scrimmage Logan McDowell scored on a 58-yard pass from Dressman to make the score 28-6 and the rout was on.
Harrison County fumbled on its second play from scrimmage on the 19-yard line and the Colonels scored again two plays later on a Lee McClure 7-yard pass from Dressman.
The point after made it 35-6 with almost 10 minutes left in the third period.
The Breds made one first down in seven plays in the next series and again had to kick to the Colonels.
This time the defense put up a struggle but in seven plays the visiting squad drove the ball 84 yards for the score and the extra point. This made the score 42-6 and the continuous clock was started.
The following Harrison County possession saw Brock Jenkins come in at quarterback and the Breds go on a 14-play drive that ended with Taylor Bolin’s field goal attempt being blocked.
The Colonels ran the clock out on the next possession improving their record to 6-2 for the season while the Thorobreds fell to 2-7 with the loss.
Penalties were the story for the night for both teams as Covington Catholic had 12 for 101 yards while Harrison County totaled 11 for 124 yards.
Covington Catholic gained 539 total yards for the night while the anemic Harrison County offense could only muster 170 yards with 47 of those coming in the evening’s last drive.
Kellon Williams was the leading rusher for the Thorobreds gaining 28 yards on eight carries.
Justin Hunter was the leading receiver gaining 84 yards on five catches.
The Thorobreds are off this week with the regular season final coming on Nov. 1 at Woodford County (1-7).
The two teams have had one common opponent which was Montgomery County. The Indians beat the Yellowjackets 49-14 last Friday while they defeated the Thorobreds 28-19 in the third week of the season.