Harlan County splits middle school games at Danville


Harlan County coach Scott Caldwell talked with the Black Bears before their games against Danville on Saturday. Harlan County won 36-0 in the seventh-grade game and lost 34-20 in eighth-grade action.


Harlan County split a pair of middle school games Saturday against Danville at Boyle County High School. The eighth-grade Bears fell 34-20 as Danville broke a tie with a couple of touchdowns in the final 4:20 to break open a tie game. Harlan County rolled to a 36-0 win in the seventh-grade game.
Gage Bailey ran for 107 yards on 14 carries in his debut with the Black Bears, scoring twice, including a 2-yard run with 43 sends left in the opening quarter. Jayce Brown added the two-point conversion to tie the game at 8.
Danville went back on top before Brown broke free for an 85-yard kickoff return to pull the Bears even again.
Bailey scored on a 22-yard run with 2:28 left to give the Bears the lead at 20-14, but Danville scored late in the period to pull even, then scored twice in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
Shemarr Carr added 25 years on six carries. Brown had 16 yards on five carries. Ryan Coots ran for seven yards on three carries.
Bailey led the HC defense with 10 tackles. Brown and Coots added eight and six tackles, respectively.
Braydon Middleton ran for 135 yards on six carries and Brayden Morris added 95 yards on seven carries to lead the seventh-grade Bears’ rushing attack.
Morris opened the scoring for the Bears with a 3-yard run. Landon Brock added the two-point conversion.
Middleton scored on a 12-yard run for a 14-0 lead, then Isiah Cornett went in from the 6. Hunter Moore added the two-point conversion for a 22-0 HC advantage at halftime.
Morris scored again in the second half, this time on a 45-yard run.
Ryland Thomas added a 3-yard TD run and went in for the two-point conversion to close the scoring.
Cornett added 51 yards rushing on six carries.
Middleton and Cornett led the HC defense with eight tackles each. Cornett also caused a fumble. Jacob Sage had five tackles and added an interception and fumble recovery.
Harlan County will return to action Thursday at home against Clay County.

———The Harlan County fifth- and sixth-grade football team opened its season with an 18-8 loss Tuesday at South Laurel.
Dyson Freeman scored the Patriots’ touchdown and Sam Carr added the two-point conversion.
Tyler Coots led the New Harlan offense with 47 yards on three carries. Braydon Howard contributed 33 yards on six carries. Dyson Freeman had 40 yards on seven carries, Easton Engle had 19 yards on six carries. Carr added 18 yards on four carries.
Coots led the defense with five tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Caleb Mitchell, Isaiah Baker, Howard and Carter Caldwell added four tackles each. Taylor Daniels had an interception.
New Harlan travels to Perry Central on Aug. 24.