Sophomore quarterback Colby Cochran accounted for six touchdowns, four through the air and two on the ground, to lead Harlan County past visiting Bell County 56-30 on Monday in junior varsity football action.
Cochran teamed with Josh Downey for two touchdowns in the first half, one of 45 yards and the other of 50, and connected with A.J. Simmons for a 30-yard touchdown pass. He also ran for a touchdown and a two-point conversion and teamed with Simmons for another as the Bears built a 28-16 lead.
Bell pulled to within six before Dalton Johnson broke free for a 50-yard kickoff return to set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Cochran, who also went in for the two-point conversion as the Bears built a 36-22 halftime lead.
A Matt Bailey sack helped the HCHS defense get off to a good start in the second half. Simmons followed an interception, setting up a 30-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Simmons, who was injured on the play and carried off the field as a Bell defender was penalized for a horse collar tackle. Cochran’s two-point conversion extended the Bears’ advantage to 44-22.
Dawson Caudill put the Harlan County offense back in business when he recovered an onside kick. Cochran ran to the Bell 1 to set up Morgan Day’s touchdown to close the third quarter, giving the Bears a 50-22 lead.
Tyler Helton recovered another onside kick to set up the HCHS offense again. Freshman quarterback Jay Harris teamed with Hunter Owens for a first down, setting up an 11-yard touchdown run by Tyler Casolari.
Bell scored on the game’s final play and added a two-point conversion.
Harlan County (2-2) lost 18-6 last week at Knox Central. Cochran threw to Owens for an 80-yard touchdown pass to account for the HCHS scoring.
The Bears play host to Clay County on Monday.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134