Montgomery County roughs up Breds in 34-14 win on the Hilltop

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By Mike Aldridge

Mike Aldridge,
Sports Writer


The Harrison County Thorobreds fell to 1-2 Friday as Montgomery County out-played the Breds in every facet of the game and were rough about it.  
The Breds lost senior lineman Bubba Jackson to a leg injury in the first half on a scoring play in the first quarter.  Playing without senior linebacker Cody Howard the Breds defense struggled to stop the Indians counter play for most of the night.  
The game, scheduled to kick-off at 7:30, was delayed by weather and didn’t get started until 10 p.m.   
The delay nor the wet field didn’t seem to affect either team as they both scored on their opening drives.  
The Indians marched down the field on an eight-play 58-yard drive which ended with a Josh Wheaton one yard run.  The run was from the one following a face mask penalty on the Breds.  Wheaton then ran the ball in for the two point conversion.  
Harrison County then took the Indians’ kickoff and, with sophomore Devin Lewis carrying the ball for six of the eight plays on the drive, scored to make the score 8-6.  
Lewis’ last three yard run was the play that ended Bubba Jackson’s football career for the Breds.  Following a lengthy delay to tend to Jackson the Breds try for two points failed leaving the score at 8-6.  
Each team was three and out on their next possession with the Indians taking over for their third try on their own five-yard line following Spencer Free’s 41 yard punt.  
Montgomery County again went on a sustained drive that ended the first period and took eight minutes in the second period.  The drive was extended by an encroachment call on the Breds on a big fourth and three play.  
Justin Korossy scored on a five yard run for the score with four minutes to play in the half.  The PAT run failed and the score was 14-6 in favor of the Indians.  On the Breds next possession Lewis picked up nine yards on two tries but Chase Blanton was stopped for no gain on a third down run.  
During this play one of the officials made contact with a Harrison County coach which resulted in a 15 yard penalty for a coach on the field making physical contact with an official.  
Free then punted from the Breds own 18 yard line to the Indians 41 yard line.  On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Trey Ishmael hit Pharaoh Davis with a 59 yard touchdown strike for a 20-6 half-time lead for Montgomery County.
The second half began with a big 60 yard kickoff return by Blanton to the Montgomery County 32 yard line.  A face mask penalty on the Indians moved the pigskin to the Indians 17 yard line where the Breds took over.  
Unfortunately, the Harrison County offensive scheme brought about nine yards in four runs which caused the ball to go over to the Indians.  Montgomery County was able to pick up a couple of first downs before punting the ball back to the Breds.  
Harrison County took over on their own 28 yard line and picked up nine yards on three plays but a delay of game penalty, when the sideline couldn’t get a play called, moved the Breds back to the 32 where they punted to the Montgomery County 26 yard line.  
With three minutes left in the third period it took the Indians four plays to score on a Korossy five yard run.  The extra point run by Jaden Akers made the score 28-6.  The four play 74 yard drive was aided by a personal foul on a hit out of bounds by the Breds.
The Breds were three and out and punted back to the Indians out of their own end zone to only their own 31 yard line.  Montgomery County then scored again on a three yard run by Akers and with the extra point try failing again led by a 34-6 score with eight minutes to play.  
Harrison County did manage another score with the Montgomery County reserves in the game on a 24 yard pass play from Quenton Pratt to TC Abbott.  Cameron Covington ran in the two point conversion for the final 34-14 score.
Harrison County’s offense picked up 227 yards for the game with 25 yards in the air on two out of four throws.  Lewis carried the ball 16 times for 118 yards with 47 yards coming on the final drive.  Lewis scored the lone rushing touchdown for Harrison County.  
Montgomery County put up 341 yards of offense with 133 through the air and 208 rushing.  Korossy had 91 yards on 13 carries and two scores to lead the Indians.  Ishmael was six of eight through the air with a touchdown throw.  
The Breds had eight penalties for 65 yards while Montgomery County had five for 50 yards.  
The Breds will play host to Paris (1-1) Friday with a 7:30 p.m. start.