Colby Cochran passed for two touchdowns in the first half and the Harlan County defense took over from there as the Black Bears downed visiting Clay County 14-8 on Monday in junior varsity football action.
Devon Rodriguez had a couple of catches in the Bears’ first scoring drive, which ended when Cochran found Sean Johnson for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 3:24 left.
Rodriguez, who had an opening kickoff return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty, broke free for another big play in the second quarter. The sophomore receiver took a pass from Cochran, bounced off two defensive backs and raced 62 yards for a touchdown. Cochran added the two-point conversion as the Bears built a 14-0 lead with 3:34 to play in the first half.
Clay County scored on its opening possession of the second half to pull within six points.
HCHS had a couple of opportunities to expand its lead after passes from Cochran to Rodriguez, but the Bears failed to capitalize on two opportunities inside the Clay 20.
The Harlan County defense, however, didn’t allow the Tigers to threaten again.
Harlan County returns to action Monday at home against Middlesboro.
The Harlan County freshman team won 20-8 on Thursday over visiting Whitley County.
Dalton Johnson gave the Bears an early lead when he scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Colby Cochran.
Trenton Smith extend the Bears’ lead to 14-0 when he returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.
After Whitley had pulled to within a touchdown, Garry Henson put the game away as he followed a 50-yard run with a 6-yard touchdown run.