Sophomore quarterback Colby Cochran passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Harlan County Black Bears defeated visiting Whitley County 28-12 in junior varsity action Monday.
Dalton Johnson opened the game with a 60-yard run down the sideline before being knocked out of bounds at the Whitley 25. Cochran scored from 25 yards out two plays later to put Harlan County up 6-0. Johnson went in for the two-point conversion.
Harlan County was able to hold on defense and scored on its next possession with a 45-yard strike from Cochran to Hunter Owens. Marcus Kelly’s extra point pushed the lead to 15-0.
Whitley County scored on a short run but missed the two-point conversion to make the score 15-6 in the second quarter.
Cochran connected with A.J. Simmons toward the end of the half for a 25-yard touchdown. Kelly hit the extra point for a 22-6 lead at the half.
The second half was a defensive battle as each team was able to score once.
Harlan County’s last touchdown came on a 15-yard run from Cochran.
“We were able to find some holes in their defense that led to some big passing plays early, and our defense played stellar all night long,” HCHS junior varsity coach Matt Duckworth said. “Coach Zack Caldwell has done an excellent job with these guys on defense and is a great addition to our coaching staff.”
Tyler Casolari had two interceptions and Thomas Haught added one for HCHS. Troy Barton led the Bears in tackles.
Harlan County opened its season last week with a 32-12 loss at Corbin.
Cochran scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and found Chris English for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
The 1-1 Bears travel to Knox Central on Sept. 12.