Harlan bounced back from its first loss of the season in convincing fashion Friday with a 44-0 rout of visiting Rye Cove, Va.
The Green Dragons limited Rye Cove (0-6) to 52 yards of offense and kept the Eagles from crossing midfield in a game where the running clock was in effect as the second half opened.
Harlan had several starts on offense, including Kendal Brock with 70 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Nick Jarvis added 57 yards on 11 carries. Paul Stapleton reached the end zone three times as he ran for 47 yards on six carries. Kilian Ledford contributed 23 yards on three carries and Troy Barton had 21 yards on two carries.
Harlan recovered an onside kick to start the game and Stapleton went in from the 16 with 10:33 left in the opening quarter.
Brock went in from the 15 on the Dragons’ second possession as the lead grew to 12-0.
A 5-yard run by Brock pushed Harlan’s advantage to 18-0 as the Dragons failed on their first three conversion attempt.
The defense got it on the act a few seconds later as Thomas Morgan and Holden Williams teamed on a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
Barton’s 19-yard run with 8:04 left in the second quarter made the score 26-0 as the conversion try again was no good.
A 19-yard run by Stapleton extended the lead to 32-0.
Tanner Parks, Harlan’s junior quarterback, found Noah Busroe for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 4:10 to play in the first half. Harlan led 38-0 at halftime.
Stapleton went 5 yards for the final TD with 4:55 left in the third quarter.
Parks completed three of four passes for 40 yards, including two to Busroe for 24 yards and one to Drew Parks for 16 yards.
Harlan (5-1) will open district play on Friday at home against Williamsburg, the two-time defending state runner-up in Class A.