Harlan opens playoffs with rout


HHS honors former Harlan lineman

By John Henson - [email protected]



Kim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan’s Noah Busroe returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to open the second half in the Green Dragons’ 60-6 win over Jenkins in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.


Kim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan coaches John Lutrell (left) and J.B. Donahue (right) participated in a ceremony to honor their former teammate, Mark Thompson, during halftime of the Dragons’ playoff game against Jenkins. Thompson, a standout lineman at Harlan from 1977 to 1980, died Saturday. Thompson’s brother, Chris, the middle school coach for the Dragons, received a No. 50 jersey and kneeled with the HHS coaches at the logo honoring his brother.


Jenkins 0 0 0 6 — 6

Harlan 35 6 13 6 — 60

H — Brock 6 run (Ledford kick)

H — Williams recovers fumble in end zone (Ledford kick)

H — Stapleton 43 run (Ledford kick)

H — Busroe 37 punt return (Ledford kick)

H — Brock 32 run (Ledford kick)

H — Parks 6 run (kick failed)

H — Busroe 83 kickoff return (Ledford kick)

H — Jarvis 5 run (kick failed)

J — Slone 6 run (run failed)

H — Barton 57 run (kick failed)

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JHS HHS

First downs 6 8

Rushes-yards 26-(-9) 17-239

Passing 92 0

Comp-Att-Int 7-17-0 0-0-0

Punts-Avg 3-14 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-15 3-35

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Jenkins, Hughes 4-8, Audie Fields 10-0, Austin Fields 1-0, Holyfield 1-(-1), Slone 10-(-16). Harlan, Brock 7-72, Barton 3-61, Stapleton 2-55, Jarvis 4-45, Parks 1-6.

PASSING—Jenkins, Slone 7-17-0-92.

RECEIVING—Jenkins, Addington 4-49, Jessie 2-19, Bates 1-24.

Even though they were facing an outmanned opponent that had little or no chance of beating them, the Harlan Green Dragons had to know they weren’t allowed to win ugly or have an off night, not on a night that meant this much to their head coach.

Harlan blasted visiting Jenkins 60-6 on Thursday in the opening round of the Class A playoffs, a fitting tribute for Mark Thompson, the former standout Harlan lineman who died a week earlier and was honored with his name and number on Green Dragon Field.

Thompson, a 1981 Harlan graduate, was a teammate of Harlan coaches J.B. Donahue and John Luttrell during the start of perhaps the best run in school history, beginning with the school’s first district championship in 1979 when Thompson was a junior and both Donahue and Luttrell were sophomores.

“He’s too great a guy for us to not play well,” Donahue said. “That’s the best friend I’ve ever had in this world. He was a special guy, and I’m glad we were able to get a big win tonight in honor of him.”

Thompson was remembered at halftime with a short ceremony on the field as a No. 50 jersey (Thompson’s number) was presented to his brother, Chris Thompson, the current coach of the middle school team at Harlan.

“Mark led us many nights out here. He willed us to win many nights,” an emotional Donahue added after the game.

Harlan (9-2), the champions of District 7, dominated from the start against the 1-10 Cavaliers, who were held to two first downs through the first three quarters and had negative nine yards rushing for the night. The Dragons raced to a 35-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, even though they ran only five offensive plays in the period while holding Jenkins to negative 30 yards rushing.

“I told the kids before the game that we needed to take care of business early and end any discussion of it,” Donahue said. “They did that, and we were able to play a lot of people. Everybody got on the field tonight, which makes me happy.”

A partially blocked punt set the Dragons up on the Jenkins 21 less than two minutes into the game. Nick Jarvis ran 15 yards on the first play and Kendal Brock went 6 on the next for the first touchdown. The first of five Kilian Ledford extra points in the period put the Dragons up 7-0 with 9:39 to play in the opening quarter.

Harlan scored again 65 seconds later when linebacker Holden Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone as the Cavaliers lined up to punt.

Paul Stapleton ran 43 yards for a touchdown the next time Harlan touched the ball as the lead grew to 21-0 with 6:34 left in the period.

Junior receiver Noah Busroe took a punt back 37 yards for a score with 3:54 to play in the quarter to make the score 28-0.

A 37-yard pass completion from Darian Slone to Brady Addington gave the Cavaliers their initial first down, but Harlan got the ball back after three straight incomplete passes. Jarvis went 16 yards and Brock rumbled 32 yards in the two-play drive as Harlan built a 35-0 lead.

Junior quarterback Tanner Parks went in from the 6 with 5:12 left in the first half to start a running clock.

Busroe showed off his speed again on special teams when he returned the opening kickoff of the second half for an 83-yard touchdown. Ledford’s kick pushed Harlan’s advantage to 48-0.

Jarvis went in from the 5 with 2:50 left in the third quarter to a 54-0 lead.

Slone started Jenkins’ only scoring drive with a 17-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter, then capped the seven-play march with a 6-yard TD run with 5:20 left in the game. John Holyfield was stopped short on the two-point conversion run.

Freshman fullback Troy Barton provided the final highlight of the night when he ran over several Jenkins defenders while tight-roping the sideline in a 57-yard touchdown run with 1:50 to play

Harlan will play the winner of the Hazard-Pineville game on Friday in the Region 4 semifinals.

Kim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan’s Noah Busroe returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to open the second half in the Green Dragons’ 60-6 win over Jenkins in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_KH-Busroe-vs-Jenkins1.jpgKim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan’s Noah Busroe returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to open the second half in the Green Dragons’ 60-6 win over Jenkins in the opening round of the Class A playoffs.

Kim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan coaches John Lutrell (left) and J.B. Donahue (right) participated in a ceremony to honor their former teammate, Mark Thompson, during halftime of the Dragons’ playoff game against Jenkins. Thompson, a standout lineman at Harlan from 1977 to 1980, died Saturday. Thompson’s brother, Chris, the middle school coach for the Dragons, received a No. 50 jersey and kneeled with the HHS coaches at the logo honoring his brother.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_MT-50-photo1.jpgKim Henson | Daily Enterprise Harlan coaches John Lutrell (left) and J.B. Donahue (right) participated in a ceremony to honor their former teammate, Mark Thompson, during halftime of the Dragons’ playoff game against Jenkins. Thompson, a standout lineman at Harlan from 1977 to 1980, died Saturday. Thompson’s brother, Chris, the middle school coach for the Dragons, received a No. 50 jersey and kneeled with the HHS coaches at the logo honoring his brother.
HHS honors former Harlan lineman

By John Henson

[email protected]

Jenkins 0 0 0 6 — 6

Harlan 35 6 13 6 — 60

H — Brock 6 run (Ledford kick)

H — Williams recovers fumble in end zone (Ledford kick)

H — Stapleton 43 run (Ledford kick)

H — Busroe 37 punt return (Ledford kick)

H — Brock 32 run (Ledford kick)

H — Parks 6 run (kick failed)

H — Busroe 83 kickoff return (Ledford kick)

H — Jarvis 5 run (kick failed)

J — Slone 6 run (run failed)

H — Barton 57 run (kick failed)

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JHS HHS

First downs 6 8

Rushes-yards 26-(-9) 17-239

Passing 92 0

Comp-Att-Int 7-17-0 0-0-0

Punts-Avg 3-14 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-15 3-35

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Jenkins, Hughes 4-8, Audie Fields 10-0, Austin Fields 1-0, Holyfield 1-(-1), Slone 10-(-16). Harlan, Brock 7-72, Barton 3-61, Stapleton 2-55, Jarvis 4-45, Parks 1-6.

PASSING—Jenkins, Slone 7-17-0-92.

RECEIVING—Jenkins, Addington 4-49, Jessie 2-19, Bates 1-24.

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134

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