Jacob Wilson bid farewell to his middle school football career with perhaps his best game. Harlan’s eighth-grade quarterback picked apart the W.B. Muncy defense, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another in the first half in the Green Dragons’ 50-26 rout Thursday at Harlan.
“Jacob Wilson played a heck of a game at quarterback and led the team as he always does,” Harlan coach Chris Thompson said. “It was a good night for our eighth-graders to go out on. All of them played a great game. The linemen blocked well and played a good game on defense. Overall, it was a good game for us.”
Wilson set the tone for the game on the opening play as he rolled to his right and launched a 62-yard TD pass to an open Jon Eldridge. Wilson teamed with Eldridge for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead only 16 seconds into the contest.
W.B. Muncy star Dalton Stamper did his best to keep it close with another huge game. He broke free for an 80-yard run on his team’s first possession, cutting the lead to 8-6.
A long run by Wilson was wiped out by a penalty, but Ethan Clem put points on the board for the Dragons with a 14-yard touchdown scamper at the 4:50 mark of the first quarter. Eldridge went in for the two-point conversion and a 16-6 lead.
Stamper had another long run later in the quarter, but the Harlan defense held and the Dragons found the end zone again early in the second period. Wilson raced 55 yards for the Dragons’ third touchdown, then found Trey Barnes for the two-point conversion and a 24-6 lead.
Stamper reached the end zone again with 5:39 to play in the first half with a 38-yard run. Jeremiah Mills and Alex Bynum teamed up for a stop on the two-point conversion attempt as Harlan maintained a 24-12 advantage.
Wilson teamed with Connor Scearse for a 30-yard touchdown pass wtih five minutes to play in the half. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Harlan defense came up with another big play seconds later when cornerback Charles David Morton scooped up a loose ball and raced 25 yards for a touchdown. Eldridge went in for another two-point conversion.
Another long touchdown run by Stamper, this one covering 71 yards, cut the deficit to 38-18.
Wilson went to the air on the final play of the half, teaming with Eldridge again, this time for a 56-yard touchdown and a 44-18 lead at the break. The two-point conversion pass was dropped.
Harlan closed the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 38-yard touchdown run by Robbie Burkhart after Alex Bynum had intercepted a pitch with 3:43 left in the game.
The Green Dragons ended the season with a record of 2-6.
“It’s been a pleasure coaching these eighth-graders, and I look forward to watching them on Friday nights next season,” Thompson said. “I also look forward to the group of kids I will have coming back next year.
Several big plays sent Harlan to a 36-8 win in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Donovan Montanaro scored on runs of 60 and 40 yards in the first quarter. Cade Middleton had a two-point conversion after the first touchdown as Harlan led 14-0 after one quarter.
Middleton had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second period as the lead grew to 22-0.
Darrell Miller teamed with Jacob Sebastian for a 70-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Chris Couch went in for the two-point conversion.
Tristan West scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter, then added a 71-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Middleton went in for the final two-point conversion with 3:10 left.
Harlan ended the season at 3-4 with losses to Cumberland, Evarts, Lynn Camp and Jenkins and wins over Stinnett, Pineville and W.B. Muncy.