CORBIN — It’s starting to feel a lot like 1999 for the Harlan Green Dragons, who are dominating on the ground and steamrolling toward a district championship.
Harlan improved to 7-1 with a 62-28 win Friday at Lynn Camp, using the same formula that coach J.B. Donahue followed to win a pair of district titles in the 1990s.
The Dragons moved the ball at will on the ground, rolling up 533 yards while sharing the carries behind an offensive line that blew the Lynn Camp defense off the ball and left massive holes.
Paul Stapleton was one of three Dragons over the century mark as he ran for 197 yards on 11 carries, scoring five touchdowns. Kendal Brock added 178 yards on 24 carries, scoring three times. Nick Jarvis had 131 yards on 17 carries.
Lynn Camp (5-4 overall, 0-2 district) got another big game from freshman tailback Dalton Cook, who ran for 130 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns.
It doesn’t look possible from the final score, but the Wildcats trailed by only six early in the fourth quarter when Cook went in for a 5-yard touchdown run and Brandon Medlin added the two-point conversion.
It was all Stapleton from there as the sophomore tailback scored on a 47-yard run with 9:49 left, added a 31-yard scoring run with 7:59 to play, rumbled 25 yards for a score with 4:12 to play, then took back a Dylan Brown interception 85 yards with 2:11 left.
Junior quarterback Tanner Parks was quietly efficient when the Dragons needed to throw the ball early, completing all three attempts in the first half, including a 39-yard strike to junior wide receiver Noah Busroe to cap the first drive. Kilian Ledford missed the extra point, but Harlan led 6-0.
Cook ran 2 yards for a touchdown, then caught a pass from Brown for the two-point conversion to put Lynn Camp on top.
Brock went 5 yards for a TD with 2:36 to play in the opening quarter, then added the two-point conversion to put Harlan on top 14-8.
Two more touchdown runs by Brock, covering 3 yards and 1 yard, put Harlan up 28-8. Busroe caught a pass from Parks for a two-point conversion after the 3-yard run.
A 60-yard Medlin kickoff return helped the Wildcats cut the deficit to 14 at the half.
Harlan can complete a district sweep and capture its first district title since 1999 with a win Friday at Pineville. The Mountain Lions lost to Williamsburg on Friday, putting the Dragons in the top spot by themselves in the District 7 standings. A Pineville win next week would likely force a three-way tie between the Lions, Dragons and Jackets.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134