By John Middleton
The New Harlan Patriots improved to 2-0 with an impressive 48-0 victory over visiting Cumberland in seventh- and eighth-grade football action on Thursday.
“We have a lot of weapons this year. Offensively, we looked real sharp,” said New Harlan coach Chad Wood.”We aren’t close to where we need to be yet, but we are getting back on the right track.”
Tyler Scearse put the Patriots up with a 50-yard touchdown run on New Harlan’s first offensive play. Kennon Napier ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
On the ensuing possession, Scearse broke free for a 28-yard score with 5:44 remaining in the second quarter. Quarterback Jacob Branson went in on a quarterback keeper for the two-point conversion to make it 16-0.
Scearse scored his third touchdown on a 10-yard run with 1:09 left. Rhett Alred’s two-point conversion made it 24-0.
Tommy North closed the first-half scoring with an 8-yard run with just 28 seconds left. David Turner ran in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 32-0.
Caleb Carmichael opened the scoring in the second half with a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Turner added the two-point run to make it 40-0.
Christian Hall scored the game’s final touchdown on a 32-yard run. Peyton Dillman added the two-point conversion.
The Patriots shut out Cumberland 26-0 in the fifth- and sixth-grade contest.
Ben Landis opened the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Dalton Johnson pushed the lead to two scores with a 60-yard run in the second quarter.
Matt Brown put New Harlan up 18-0 with a 15-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
Landis closed the scoring with a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Cumberland (1-1) returns to action Saturday at home against Letcher Central in the Ray Jenkins Bowl. New Harlan (1-1) will host Bell County on Sept. 13.