"The boys played good tonight," said New Harlan coach Robert Simpson. "The effort was there, and tonight was the night that we could try do some things different to prepare for later on in the season and into the playoffs.
"We learned a lot tonight on different things that we can do."
T.J. Green powered the Patriots' ground attack with 194 yards on 11 carries. Larry Williamson followed with 53 yards on just two rushes. New Harlan gained 302 total yards.
Evarts, which was held to minus-11 yards in the first half, had 73 total yards for the game. Austin Short and Cody McCreary rushed for 33 yards each for the Wildcats.
"We're still not at the point that our kids expect to win every game," said Evarts coach Robert Evans. "That's a hard thing for kids to understand sometimes. We're on the edge of getting that mentality, and that's what we're trying to achieve.
"Once we get into a ballgame and realize that we can play with people, we play pretty good."
New Harlan jumped out to a 14-0 advantage after one quarter.
Williamson opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run at the 3:26 mark. With 1:22 remaining in the quarter, Green went in from the 11. Quarterback Bradley Harris connected with Tyler Stewart for a two-point conversion pass.
The Patriots extended the lead to 20-0 with 4:53 left in the first half as Green scored on a 13-yard run. James Ball added the two-point conversion.
Ball transferred from Evarts to Rosspoint earlier in the season and was eligible to play this week.
"He's going to be a help to us," said Simpson of Ball. "Later on into the season and tournament time, he's going to be a big plus to us."
New Harlan's Mikey Hamlin recovered a fumble early in the third quarter, but the drive stopped on the Wildcat 5 when Evarts' Zack Flannary recovered a fumble.
The Patriots capped a five-play, 65-yard drive as Green scored on a 13-yard run as time expired. Ball added his second two-point conversion to make it 30-0.
Chase Niday recovered a fumble on the kickoff and New Harlan took over on the Evarts 48. On the first play, Williamson, on a quarterback keeper, raced 48 yards for the TD.
Evarts avoided the shutout with 3:47 to play as McCreary raced 22 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion run by McCreary closed the scoring.
"I was pleased with the way the kids played the second half," said Evans. "We made a couple of adjustments.
"I thought McCreary played well. "I can't say enough about him. He intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown. He played halfback, played tailback and plays the corner for us."
Stewart and Dylon Smith led the Patriots with five tackles each. Niday and Ball each added four while Hamlin and Green had three stops apiece.
New Harlan (4-1) returns to action Thursday at home against Knox County. Evarts (2-3) travels to Pineville next week. The Wildcats have added two games with Leslie County to their schedule, at home Oct. 13 and in Hyden on Oct. 17.
"It's our goal to win our last four (regular season) ballgames and get into the playoffs," said Evans. "We're still hoping for some help down the road."
The New Harlan Patriots rolled up 408 total yards on Thursday to down Evarts 42-14 in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Cody Taylor powered New Harlan (4-1) with 114 yards on three carries and a touchdown. Marcus McMilliam added 104 yards on three carries and also scored a touchdown.
Jordy Brewer, Andrew Dozier, T.J. Miniard and Tyler Boggs also added touchdowns. Alex Sergent had a pair of two-point conversion runs. Stephen Dozier scored a two-point conversion.
Austin Maggard completed two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Taylor led the New Harlan defense with four tackles. Chase Calton, McMillian and Boggs followed with three tackles each.
Tyler Grubbs recovered a fumble for the Patriots.
Corey Chorak and Devin Burgan each scored touchdowns for the 2-3 Wildcats. Trevor Ewing added a two-point conversion run.
Bell County 46
The visiting Bulldogs spoiled Cumberland's homecoming with the shutout.
Bell stymied Cumberland's offense, which was led by Shequille Clark with just 27 yards on 12 carries. Ryan Shepherd added nine yards.
Kyle Langham completed both of his pass attempts, connecting with Robbie Halcomb and Ben Cornett.
Clark led the Skins' defensive effort with four tackles, and Halcomb added three. Zach Allen, Brodie Day and Donnie Dixon had two tackles each.
Cumberland (2-2) will play host to Lynn Camp on Thursday.
The Bulldogs rolled to a 28-0 win in the fifth- and sixth-grade game.
Eddie Conley rushed for 31 yards on five carries to lead the Skins. Scotty Bailey and Braxton Fields added seven and four yards, respectively.
Fields completed two of eight passes for 10 yards, connecting with Annie Boggs and Tyler Dixon.
Dixon collected five tackles to lead Cumberland (0-2), and Boggs and Cody Smith each added three.
Cumberland Gap (Tenn.) 16
Dustin Hensley rushed 122 yards on 22 carries and picked off a Cumberland Gap pass in the final minute to lift the Dragons to a win in fifth- and sixth-grade football action.
Harlan struck first as quarterback Ty Saragas scored on a 3-yard run. Hensley added the two-point conversion.
Cumberland Gap pulled even in the quarter and the game was tied at halftime.
Hensley scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter to put the Dragons back on top, but Cumberland Gap returned the kickoff for a touchdown and added the two-point conversion to take the lead.
Saragas put the Dragons ahead to stay with a 30-yard TD pass for Jesse Napier after Jared Fuson recovered a fumble.
Napier added 49 yards on seven carries. Saragas completed seven of nine passes for 77 yards and ran for 12 yards on four carries, running for one touchdown and throwing for another.
Vince Bianchi had four receptions for 22 yards. Napier added three receptions for 55 yards.
Jared Fuson and Christian Turbyfill each had three tackles. Dylan Chasteen, Justin Morrisett and Napier each added two.
Harlan (4-3) returns to action Thursday at home against Cumberland Gap.