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Freshman defeat Bracken County 26-0 in season finale

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County freshman football team completed its official season undefeated last week at 7-0 but added another feather to its cap Monday night with a 26-0 win over a combined freshman/sophomore team at Bracken County. 

The win ends the season at 8-0 which pleased Coach Adam Tolle. 

“This is the most physical team that Harrison County has put on the football field for some years,” commented Tolle. “Considering that we accomplished an undefeated season yet had some key people injured, some for the season, gives hope for a really bright future.”

Monday night the combined Bracken County squad gave the freshmen Breds a run for their money in the first half. 

Luke Slucher scored the first points on a 32-yard touchdown run with 2:12 on the clock in the first period. 

Bracken County had moved the ball on its first possession using a counter play as a key weapon. 

Oakie Barnes caused a fumble on the Harrison County 28-yard line and Logan Kellione carried the pigskin all the way to the Bracken County 35. 

One play later, Slucher carried it into the end zone for the score. 

Austin Jackson missed the extra point so the score remained 6-0. 

Bracken County again moved the ball but Russ Faulkner recovered a fumble in the middle of the second quarter to stop a drive. 

The half ended with the score 6-0 with the Polar Bears threatening again.  

The Harrison County defense solved the Polar Bears’ running game in the second half and could have basically named the score. 

In the third quarter Malcolm Walker picked up a muffed snap and ran 43 yards for a score but again the try for point was not good as the Breds tried a two-point conversion. 

On the very next Harrison County possession, Walker hit Kellione with a short pass and the fleet-footed runner broke a couple of tackles and sped down the side line for an 85-yard touchdown. The kick was again missed making the score 18-0 with one minute still to play in the third period.

The fourth quarter saw the Harrison County coaches use a variety of line ups to both gain experience for the young players and to not run up the score. 

 Malik Powell scored the final touchdown on a 64-yard scamper off tackle with 3:31 left in the game and Tanner Wells hit Kellione with a short pass for the two-spoint conversion for the final 26-0 verdict.