Bears’ rally falls short in loss to Knox Central


Kim Henson

Harlan County’s Brody Hensley chased a Knox Central ball carrier in Thursday’s game. Knox raced to an early lead on the way to a 30-18 victory.

After falling behind 22-0 in the first quarter, the Harlan County seventh-grade team fought back against visiting Knox Central before falling 30-18.
Jayce Brown started the comeback with a 38-yard run late in the first half.
The Panthers added another big play in the final minute of the half to take a 30-6 lead at the break.
Sedrick Washington scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter after Harlan County recovered a fumble.
Jake Brewer teamed with Brown for a touchdown on a fourth-and-22 play in the fourth quarter.
Harlan County recovered another fumble late and drove to the Knox 12 before time ran out.
Both Harlan County teams return to action Tuesday at Corbin.
New Harlan improved its record to 2-0 in fifth- and sixth-grade football action with a 30-0 win Thursday over Cumberland at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium.
Brayden Morris led the Patriots with 143 yards on carries, including a touchdown and two-point conversion. Colton Delaney added 74 yards on five carries with two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Hunter Moore had 61 yards on six carries with a touchdown. Landon Brock added 15 yards on two carries with a pass to Colby Shepherd for a two-point conversion.
Morris led the defense with nine tackles. Tyler Coots added seven tackles. Caleb Mitchell and Bryson Bryant had four each.
New Harlan will play host to South Laurel on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Harlan fell 14-0 at Lynn Camp in seventh- and eighth-grade football action.
The 0-3 Dragons play host to Williamsburg on Tuesday.
Evarts fell 40-14 at Fleming-Neon in fifth- and sixth-grade football action.
Bradon Middleton scored two touchdowns for Evarts, one in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter. Braxton Anglian added a two-point conversion after the second touchdown.
Evarts (1-1) will travel to New Harlan on Oct. 8.

Harlan County’s Isaiah Cornett went airborne to catch a Knox Central running back in middle school football action Thursday. (Kim Henson)