Patriots close season with a win over Corbin


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Photo by Jessica Turner New Harlan running back Matt Brown ran for four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-38 win at Corbin. The 7-1 Patriots open state playoff action Oct. 8.


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.

Photo by Jessica Turner New Harlan running back Matt Brown ran for four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-38 win at Corbin. The 7-1 Patriots open state playoff action Oct. 8.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_JT-Brown-vs-Corbin-2.jpgPhoto by Jessica Turner New Harlan running back Matt Brown ran for four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-38 win at Corbin. The 7-1 Patriots open state playoff action Oct. 8.

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