John Lowe hit the game-winning field goal from 23 yards away with 1.3 seconds left as Corbin edged Harlan County 17-15 on Thursday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Gridorama at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium.
Harlan County, Corbin and Leslie County played a half against each of the other two squads in the three-team scrimmage. Each team got the ball on the 50-yard line and could play until scoring, turning it over or being stopped on downs.
The Black Bears grabbed the early lead as quarterback Jacob Branson found Tyrese Simmons for a 25-yard scoring pass on a fourth down play after Kennon Napier and Chase Coker each picked up big gains on the ground.
Each team was stopped on its first offensive drive. Lamar Burkhart had a tackle for a loss on Corbin’s first possession, then Rhett Alred and Colby King followed with pass break ups.
Tucker Jewell scored on a 3-yard run with 8:52 left in the second quarter, and Lowe followed with the tying extra point.
Drew Carter put the Redhounds ahead when he went in from the 4 with 1:49 to play. Long’s extra point made the score 14-7. Brendon Heneger, Christian Gosselin and Camron Sizemore each picked up big gains to set up the touchdown.
Harlan County wasted little time answering as King and Simmons each had catches for first downs. Runs by Branson and Coker gave the Bears a first down on the Corbin 6. Branson teamed with King for a 7-yard touchdown pass two plays later with 47.8 seconds left. King picked up a block by Simmons to reach the end zone.
Branson went in for the go-ahead two-point conversion after a long conference by the officials, who ruled he crossed the goal line before fumbling.
Corbin was able to drive deep into HCHS territory in the waning seconds. A Simmons interception appeared to end the game, but a holding call against the Bears set up Long for the winning field goal.
Grant Gibson had an interception to end the scrimmage.
Corbin and Leslie played to a scoreless tie until the 1:37 mark when Sizemore teamed with Cameron Barton for a 39-yard touchdown pass. John Rowe’s extra point closed the scoring in a 7-0 Corbin win.
Harlan County won 10-0 over Leslie County in the final scrimmage of the night.
Napier scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter after Branson completed passes to King and Simmons. Marcus Kelly hit the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Kelly hit a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Harlan County will open its regular season schedule on Friday at Pulaski County, the defending 5A state runner up/
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134