Harlan County opened the junior varsity season with its second straight win on Tuesday. The Bears pulled away in the second half for a 32-16 victory at Whitley County in their latest outing.
Harlan County’s Dylan Cornett opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run. Chance Brown scored on the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Whitley responded with two straight scores to take a 16-8 advantage.
The Bears pulled even when Jarret Ford connected with Zach Wilson on a 10-yard pass for a score. Jordy Boles added the two-point conversion.
Safety Josh Lee put Harlan County on top with a 50-yard fumble return in the third quarter. Nikki Huffaker forced the turnover. Ford connected with Lee for the two-point conversion to put the Bears up 24-16.
Kennon Napier scored the game’s final touchdown with a 15-yard run. Ford delivered a pass to Lee for another two-point conversion as Harlan County pulled away.
In previously unreported action, the Black Bears opened the season with a 30-0 rout at Bell County.
Harlan County’s defense set up two of the four touchdowns Monday with turnovers and limited Bell to negative yards rushing.
Ford gave Harlan County the early lead with a 5-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. Ford threw to Lee for the two-point conversion.
Nose guard J.T. Cabell forced a fumble that linebacker Rhett Alred recovered in the second quarter to set up the next HCHS touchdown. Ford threw to Cornett on a fourth-and-10 play and Cornett tossed the ball to Boles on the hook-and-ladder-play to complete a 30-yard touchdown. Ford added the two-point conversion.
Ford went 15 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and a 22-0 lead.
WIth Dylan Day pressuring the Bell quarterback, Boles had an interception to set the stage for Joey Swanner’s 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Ford threw to Jake Howard for the two-point conversion.
Harlan County returns to action Monday against Corbin.