Coming off a strong performance at the University of Kentucky camp over the weekend, the Harlan County Black Bears played well in a 7-on-7 scrimmage win Wednesday over visiting Bell County.
Devon Rodrigues, Tyrese Simmons, Colby King, A.J. Simmons, Hunter Owens and Josh Downey all had touchdown receptions for the Bears on passes from quarterbacks Jacob Branson and Colby Cochran. Lamar Burkhart, Kyton Joseph and Dawson Caudill had catches for first downs. Quintin Mickens, a junior running back/receiver, was unable to play due to an injury.
The Bears got off to a slow start but soon found their rhythm against a Bell team playing in its first scrimmage under first-year coach Amos McCreary, a former star linebacker at Evarts who coached for many years in Georgia before coming back to eastern Kentucky in the spring. The Bobcats closed the scrimmage strong, cutting the final deficit to 59-35.
“We have to keep grinding every single day,” Harlan County coach Eddie Creech said. “Overall, had some good stuff go on and also some stuff we need to work on.”
Creech said the HCHS linebackers, including Rhett Alred, Chase Coker, Garry Henson, Caleb Carmical, Kennon Napier and Joseph played well in coverage.
Harlan County is one of 11 teams scheduled to play in a passing camp on July 30 at South Laurel.
The Black Bears will be at home on Aug. 11 for the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Gridorama as they play both Corbin and Leslie County.