The undefeated, top-ranked in 4A, Highlands Bluebirds are scheduled to roll onto the Hilltop at the Athletic Complex Friday night and it could hardly come at a worse time.
On Monday afternoon, the injury report for the Harrison County varsity football squad was quite extensive with shoulder, Achilles tendons, knee injuries and a couple of recovering concussion victims being the largest issues.
Three seniors also decided to abandon their teammates as they informed Coach Jim Carr of their decision that football was just too much for them on Monday afternoon.
This places the Harrison County football team and program in jeopardy for Friday night as the small squad may have to use freshmen to battle the powerful, veteran Bluebirds.
The remainder of Harrison County’s schedule has some games which are within reach for a win, but the youthful squad, with only two seniors -- Elijah Gross and Daniel Klapheke -- left will have some tough sledding as well with Highlands and Covington Catholic along with 5A power Woodford County.
On a much brighter note, the Harrison County freshmen traveled to Lewis County and brought home an impressive 30-6 win over the youthful Lions.
The young Thorobreds used a powerful effort from their linemen to march up and down the field to score by both running and passing the ball.
According to Coach Mark Jenkins, the Harrison County line was dominant on both sides of the ball against a large Lewis County group.
Brock Jenkins threw for three touchdowns to different receivers each time.
Harrison County opened the scoring with a Jenkins-to-Jovon Williams connection making the score 6-0 after the extra point failed.
Speedster Davonte Kenney ripped off a 60-yard run to score the next points on a reverse play.
Jenkins hooked up with Williams for the two-point conversion making the Harrison County lead 14-0 still in the opening period.
The visitors scored again in the next period when Jenkins hit Kenney with a 70-yard touchdown bomb and Leon Commodore grabbed a Jenkins toss for the conversion to make the lead 22-0 at the half.
Commodore scored again in the second half on a 20-yard pass from Jenkins and Justice Moore ran the conversion into the end zone for the final Harrison County score.
Lewis County scored late making the score at the end of the game 30-6 in favor of Harrison County.
The win gives the freshmen a 2-3 record with the next game on Monday, Oct. 1, on Lawson Field at Ingles Stadium against Fleming County.
In Harrison County Middle School action Thursday night both the 7th and 8th grade teams went down to defeat at the hands of the Bourbon County Middle School.
The seventh graders lost by a 38-6 score though the defense did not give up any points. The Bourbon County team scored on pass interceptions and recovered fumbles for the win.
The eighth grade team suffered its first loss of the year 20-14 in overtime to the undefeated Bourbon County squad.
Dalton Moore scored first for Harrison County in the first quarter as the Colts took a 6-0 lead.
Bourbon took the lead at the half at 8-6 and then with just less than seven minutes left in the game, expanded it to 14-6 before Malcolm Walker took off on a 62-yard touchdown run and Moore scored the conversion to send the game into overtime.
Bourbon County scored on the fourth down of the first possession in the extra session and the Colts went to the air to score but were unsuccessful as they fell to 4-1.
The Colts hit the road on Thursday as they travel to Winchester to face Conkwright Middle School.