Unable to move the ball through the air last week in a loss at Bracken County, the Harlan Green Dragons found balance and their third win in four games during a 42-22 victory Friday at Jackson County.
“We played better on the line of scrimmages on both sides of the ball. Our offensive and defensive lines played better and controlled the most of the game,” Harlan coach J.B. Donahue said. “Defensively, we did a pretty good job limiting the (Myles) Hurst kid. Our kids did a good job of making him earn what he got. Offensive balance enabled us to control the game. I’m proud of the kids for overcoming a difficult situation, the lightening delay. We came back out and took control of the game.
Sophomore quarterback Kilian Ledford, limited to six yards passing at Bracken, completed eight of 13 passes for 211 yards against Jackson County as he threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
The Green Dragons also had success on the ground, rolling up 273 yards of rushing, led by junior tailback Kendal Brock with 131 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries. John Brady Brock and Joey Swanner added 55 and 53 yards, respectively. Caleb Adkins caught four of Ledford’s passes for 111 yards, including a touchdown. Andrew Saylor added two receptions for 46 yards. Jarrett McKenzie and Kendal Brock added one catch each.
Swanner, a linebacker, led the Harlan defense with nine tackles. Senior linebacker Tanner Parks, who missed last week’s game due to illness, added six tackles, as did Ledford. John Brock, Bryce Browning and Thomas Morgan contributed five tackles each. Adkins ended two Jackson County drives with interceptions.
Harlan (3-1) returns to action Friday at home against Middlesboro.