One of the oldest clichés in sports is that it wasn’t that close, but in the case of Friday’s scrimmage, that is an accurate description.
The Harrison County Thorobreds ran roughshod over the Pendleton County Wildcats in a scrimmage held in Ingles Stadium.
The Breds began the game a little slow as quarterback Robbie Stroub threw an errant pass that was picked off by the Wildcats on the Pendleton County 20-yard line to stop the first drive. But the Thorobreds defense halted the Wildcats without a first down and the Breds drove right down the field using big running plays from Justin Hunter and Zack Mastin.
The drive stalled on the 15 of the Wildcats and senior kicker Taylor Bolin kicked a 32-yard field goal to make the score 3-0 with 48 seconds to play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats had a wild snap go over the head of the quarterback on the second play in the next series and the ball was downed in the end zone for a safety making the first quarter end with a 5-0 Thorobreds lead.
On the first play from scrimmage following the Pendleton County free kick, Stroub rolled around end after a clever fake hand off and carried the ball for an 80-yard touchdown.
Bolin’s kick was good and the Breds had a 12-0 lead.
Pendleton County fumbled in the next series and the Thorobreds recovered on the Wildcat 12 yard line.
The Wildcats’ defense made what would be its last stand following the recovery and the attempted field goal was missed leaving the score 12-0.
Again the Breds’ defense held the Wildcats and following a punt Harrison County drove right down the field and scored on a 27-yard pass from Stroub to Hunter.
The Bolin extra point made the score 19-0 with five minutes left in the first half.
Senior Shaun Wallin intercepted a Wildcat pass on the next series and the Breds took over at the Wildcat 25 yard line.
Stroub hit Zach Royce with a seven yard pass with less than a minute to go in the half and Bolin’s extra point made it 26-0 at the half.
Harrison County received the second-half kick off and again marched right down the field scoring on a Stroub 20-yard run.
Austin Jackson kicked the extra point and Harrison County was up 33-0 with a little under 10 minutes to go in the third period.
On the very first Pendleton County play, Mastin recovered a fumble and less than two minutes later Hunter carried the pigskin in from 15 yards out to make the score 39-0 after Bolin’s kick was not good.
Since this was a scrimmage, the continuous clock did not start as it would have in a regular season game and the Breds kicked off to the Wildcats.
Bolin’s kicks were putting the ball into the end zone regularly putting the Wildcats on their own 20 yard line.
After a couple of unsuccessful plays, the Wildcats again fumbled and Jovon Williams recovered on the Pendleton County four yard line.
Justice Moore carried the ball in this time for the score to make the score 45-0 after Jackson missed the extra point.
The third period ended at 45-0 and the Thorobreds played the freshman team against the combination of varsity and some freshmen for Pendleton County in the fourth quarter, which was played without scoring from either side.
The freshmen Breds threatened after Malcolm Walker intercepted a Wildcat pass and ran it back 40 yards to the 20, but they did not score.
“We got it rolling tonight and we have to keep it going,” Coach Jim Carr said to his team after the game. “We were fortunate to not have any injuries so we need to keep the momentum going. Fleming County will be much better than this team was tonight.”
Carr went on to say, “We had a really nice crowd tonight with some great support. It was good of the cheerleaders to come and support us in the scrimmage. I also appreciate the officials who were here tonight to help us without being paid. It is important to have this scrimmage under a real game situation.”
The Breds open Friday night at the Athletic Complex with Fleming County.
Coach Bill J Spencer’s Panthers were 7-5 last year winning one playoff game before losing 41-20 to Mason County in the second round. Game time is 7:30 p.m. with tailgating and a special cheer from the Harrison County varsity cheerleaders’ camp participants at halftime.