Parker throws for 3 TDs as Bears down Cats


Dragons defeat New Harlan in 5-6 action

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Zach Parker completed five of six passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns and the Mountain View defense held visiting Evarts scoreless in a 38-0 win Thursday in seventh- and eighth-grade football action at the Leslie County High School field.

Preston Spurlock added 66 yards rushing on five carries, with one touchdown and one two-point conversion. He also caught a pass for a two-point conversion.

Connor Hollin also had 66 yards on five carried with one touchdown. He had two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Trenton Day had one touchdown covering 17 yards. Jonathon Hoskins added one TD catch for 22 yards.

“Our kids are gaining confidence and playing with a lot of heart,” said Mountain View coach Mike Parker. “We are hitting the toughest part of the schedule with games against Stinnett, Hazard, Adams and Middlesboro between Sept. 6 to Sept. 13.”

The Bears have played without star receiver Alex Farler, who suffered an injury against Bell County and is out for the season. The team is wearing his number, 3 on their helmets.

“It’s been tough having to play without Alex. He’s one of the most athletic kids in the state and a big-play threat at wide receiver,” Parker said.

Evarts (2-1) travels to Cumberland on Thursday. Mountain View (3-1) plays host to Stinnett on Tuesday.

The Wildcats won 44-0 in fifth- and sixth-grade action as Jayden Burkhart and Chuckie Blackshire each scored two touchdowns.

Burkhart ran 55 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter for a 6-0 Evarts lead. Ryle Mefford went 60 yards for a score later in the period. Chuckie Blackshire’s two-point conversion stretched the Cats’ lead to 14-0.

Burkhart had a 45-yard scoring run in the second quarter, followed by Zack Burgan’s two-point conversion. Blackshire raced 45 yards later in the half, and Burgan followed with another two-point conversion for a 30-0 halftime lead.

Mefford had a 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Blackshire followed with the two-point conversion.

Blackshire scored on a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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Harlan completed a sweep of New Harlan, reportedly the first in school history, with a 12-6 win Thursday in fifth- and sixth-grade action at the James A. Cawood field.

Donovan Montanaro finished a 60-yard drive in the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run to put the Dragons up 6-0.

New Harlan answered with a touchdown in the third quarter.

Harlan went back ahead to stay when Tristen West connected with Landon Phillips on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

West led the Harlan defense with nine tackles, including two sacks. Kyler McLendon had four tackles and a sack.

Phillips had 50 yards in receiving.

Harlan (4-0) returns to action Tuesday at home against Cumberland.

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The Green Dragons fell 8-0 at Middlesboro in seventh- and eighth-grade action.

Connor Scearse led the Dragons with 47 yards rushing on nine carries and completed five of eight passes for 41 yards.

Jeremiah Mills had three catches for 34 yards. Ethan Clem added 16 yards rushing on eight carries.

Harlan had 63 yards rushing as a team and 41 through the air.

The 0-4 Dragons play host to Cumberland on Thursday.

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Cumberland suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 14-8 at Williamsburg.

Zac Collett threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Flanary. Josh Swanner added the two-point conversion.

Cumberland (3-1) travels to Harlan on Tuesday.

Dragons defeat New Harlan in 5-6 action

Staff Report

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