More than three hours away from home in the first round of the Class A playoffs, Harlan couldn’t afford to get off to a bad start on Friday. Unfortunately for the Green Dragons, that is exactly what happened at Campbellsville. HHS fell behind early and was never able to recover in a 46-13 loss to the Eagles.
“‘I think their speed took control early. They put us in a hole and we weren’t able to bounce back,” said Harlan coach J.B. Donahue.
Campbellsville jumped out to an early lead, outscoring Harlan 18-0 in the first quarter.
Kendon Young had another standout performance. The sophomore running back scored on runs of 10-yards and 45-yards in the opening period to make it 12-0.Young finished with 140 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just eight carries.
“His speed really hurt us. Once he got a seemed we just couldn’t catch him,” Donahue said.
Freshman Arick Groves later connected with Zach Durham on a 35-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up 18-0 after one quarter.
Harlan responded to open the second quarter.
Junior quarterback Tanner Morris found senior receiver Colby Wilson for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Morris was stopped on the two-point run, and the Dragons trailed 18-6.
The drive served as a bright spot for a Harlan offense that struggled for much of the contest. The Dragons managed just 76 yards rushing on 26 carries. Morris led the way with 42 yards on eight carried. Senior Cory Chorak added 26 yards on 13 rushes. Morris completed 5-of-10 pass attempts for 60 yards. Morris also threw for two touchdowns.
“Tanner played great game. Other than that interception, he threw the ball and ran the ball well,” Donahue said.
Cambellsville closed the first half with 21 straight points to take full control.
Young had the first score of that stretch, going in from 55-yards out for his third touchdown. Groves then scored on a 9-yard run. Sophomore Tavon Hunter closed the first half scoring with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown. Dalton Hughes added the extra point after each of the three scores as the lead grew to 39-6 at the half.
Campbellsville extended the lead to 46-6 with another touchdown to open the second half, before the Green Dragons closed the scoring.
Morris connected with receiver Samuel Burkhart on an 18-yard touchdown for the Dragons’ final score. Boone Allison delivered the extra point.
Despite Friday’s loss, Donahue said he is proud of his senior class.
“It’s easy to be a leader and show up every day when you are 11-2, but when you are 2-8 and you still show up it shows a lot about your character and leadership,” he said. “I respect these kids for the work they have put in.”
Campbellsville (4-7) returns to action next week at Hazard. Harlan closes the season at 2-9.