It appears an already good New Harlan offense is getting even better as the middle school football regular season closes. The Patriots had their biggest night of offense in a 7-1 season with a 62-38 win Monday at Corbin. Matt Brown scored four touchdowns and Josh Turner added three as both topped the 100-yard mark in the win.
“We beat a very good Corbin team tonight. We still have to correct a few things, such as kick coverage, but overall we have improved,” New Harlan coach Jon Reynolds said. “We had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. We completed a nice pass for a touchdown of 54 yards and had several passes that we were able to complete tonight to help balance the load between run and pass. Several people contributed tonight for a hard-fought game between two good football programs.”
New Harlan raced to a 20-0 lead as Brown scored on a 30-yard run with 3:15 to play in the first quarter and on a 54-yard run with 41 seconds left after he intercepted a Corbin pass.
Hunter Blevins set up the third touchdown when he recovered a fumble with 30 seconds left in the opening period. Cody Clayborne teamed with Turner for a 54-yard touchdown on the next play. The two teamed up again for the two-point conversion.
Brown scored on a 21-yard touchdown run with 1:14 left in the second quarter as the Patriots led 28-12 at halftime.
An 80-yard run by Brown pushed the lead to 34-18 with 2:33 left in the third quarter.
Kobe Burkhart, who normally plays guard and linebacker, showed his athleticism when he returned a punt 32 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left in the third quarter. Clayborne threw to Brown for a two-point conversion and a 42-30 lead.
Another Blevins fumble recovery set up another Brown touchdown, this one from 55 yards, as the Patriots’ advantage grew to 48-30.
Turner recovered a fumble to set up his 44-yard touchdown run with 5:49 left in the game. Turner scored on a 94-yard run with 2:08 left. Brown added the two-point conversion to close the scoring.
New Harlan will open the state playoffs at home on Oct. 8. The pairings have not been announced.