By Mike Aldridge
The Harrison County Thorobreds dug themselves a hole Friday night in their battle for a home game in the upcoming playoffs.
The Breds needed to defeat either Franklin County Friday or the favored Holmes team this Friday to have a home game against one of the Jessamine County schools on the first Friday in November.
Franklin County appeared to be the victim for more than one-half of Friday night’s game, but the Flyers scored 27 unanswered points in the latter part of the game to defeat Harrison County 41-30.
“We have had similar struggles in games this year playing one good half and making mistakes in the other,” said Coach Mark Carroll. “It has been the second half that we have been the strongest until Friday night, but we just made too many mistakes in the second half in this game.”
Franklin County opened the scoring with 43 seconds gone in the game when sophomore Ryan Timmons ran through the Breds for a 51 yard touchdown. Zach Durham added the point after and with only two plays gone, the Flyers led 7-0.
The Breds responded with an eight-play drive that used up only three minutes to tie the game.
Senior Spencer Aubrey went four yards for the touchdown and Daniel Klapheke booted the point after for a 7-7 score. The first quarter ended with Franklin County scoring again on a 67-yard pass play to Timmons from junior quarterback Zach Bowman. Durham’s kick made the score 14-7 as the teams entered the second period.
On the first play of the second quarter, Nick Slucher took a short pass from Joe Korona and made a long 69--yard touchdown play to tie the game after Klapheke’s kick.
After a three and out for the Flyers, the Breds marched the ball down the field on a 13-play, 69-yard play drive that was culminated with Matt Carter’s five-yard touchdown run.
The try for two points was not good so the Breds took a 20-14 lead with three minutes to go in the half.
Both teams had the ball for two more possessions in the half, but neither could mount a threat so the half ended 20-14 in favor of the Thorobreds.
Harrison County took the second half kick and drove down the field, thanks to a 73-yard run from his own seven to the Franklin County 20 by quarterback Korona.
Unfortunately, the drive stalled but sophomore Klapheke came in to kick a 40-yard field goal to lift the Breds to a 23-14 lead with a little more than eight minutes to play in the third period.
The Flyers fumbled on the next series and the Breds recovered on Franklin County’s 48 yard line.
Five plays later, Slucher carried the ball and a few tacklers for 39 yards and his second touchdown of the night making the score 30-14 after Klapheke’s kick with six minutes still to play in the third.
Franklin County caught fire after this score as they ran the kickoff back to the Harrison County 43.
Six plays later, senior end Will Bell caught a touchdown pass of 12 yards from Bowman and the two point conversion cut the lead to 30-22 with almost five minutes still in the third quarter.
The Thorobreds’ work horse Slucher fumbled trying to pick up extra yardage on the second play of the next series and the Flyers recovered on the 34 of Harrison County.
Flyers freshman back Chris Roberts took the ball to the end zone on a fourth down run of 24 yards to make the score 30-28 after the failed PAT with more than two minutes still in the third period.
The Thorobreds only took one minute off the clock in the next series and punted the ball back to the Flyers.
Franklin County took over on their 46 and took only four plays to score the go ahead points on a 24-yard pass from Bowman to Timmons. The Durham kick gave the Flyers a 35-30 lead as the period expired.
Still, the Breds had some chances. The next possession they drove the ball from the 20 for seven plays before a Matt Carter half back pass was intercepted on the Franklin 46.
The next four series, two by each team, produced little and with 5:42 left in the game, Korona’s pass was picked off on the Harrison County 42.
The Flyers took only three plays to add to their lead as Roberts ran for a seven-yard touchdown to tally the final 41-30 margin.
Franklin County had 400 total yards to Harrison County’s 360 for the game.
Bowman was nine for 20 passing for 157 yards while Korona was 15 of 29 for 191. Roberts led the Flyers in rushing with 20 carries for 168 yards followed by Timmons who had 71 in nine carries. Korona carried the ball 19 times for 108 while Slucher had 15 carries for 55 yards. Slucher led the Breds in receiving with 84 yards while Timmons led the Flyers with 96. Each had two touchdowns.
Slucher is tied for 11th in Class 4A scoring with 86 points for the season through this game. Harrison County is tied for 10th in scoring in 4A. The loss dropped the Breds to 5-4 with a final district game at home Friday night facing 7-2 Holmes. This will be Senior Night for the football Breds.