A new coach.
A much different result.
The New Harlan Patriots, a fifth- and sixth-grade team made up of players from the Cawood High School feeder schools of Wallins, Cawood, Rosspoint, Hall and Green Hills elementary schools, completed an amazing turnaround Saturday by winning the championship of the Cumberland Valley Conference, defeating Harlan 34-6 in the championship game at Evarts Elementary School.
New Harlan, which won only one game last year as Cawood, finished the season undefeated in conference play and 10-1 overall.
"It was an outstanding year. The kids really pushed themselves to get to this game," said New Harlan's coach Scott Caldwell. "We've got a great young group of kids, and I'm really looking forward to getting them back next year."
New Harlan's Mikey Hamlin set the tone early for the Patriots as he scored the first touchdown on a 48-yard run. Dylon Smith added the two-point conversion.
Hamlin scored his second touchdown on a 90-yard sprint late in the first quarter to make the score 14-0.
Quarterback Travis Fields connected with Eric Miller on a 90-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Jesse Hensley stormed in on the conversion to push the lead to 22-0.
Smith scored on a 33-yard run with 2:51 left in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 28-0.
Harlan scored with 4:50 left in the game as quarterback Jordy Brewer connected with tight end Vince Bianchi, who broke a tackle on the way to a 60-yard touchdown play.
The Patriots added a touchdown in the final seconds on a 7-yard run by Tucker Lewis. Marcus Thomas set up the touchdown with a 25-yard run.
Hamlin rushed for 138 yards on two carries and Smith added 74 yards on five carries to lead the Patriots' offense. Smith and Hensley led the defense with four tackles each.
Harlan also completed an impressive turnaround, finishing 8-4 after winning only once last year.
"I'm really proud of our boys to improve enough to play against this team," said Harlan coach Tony Saragas. "To make it to the championship, and to be in a game like this, I'm just real proud of the way they played."
Bell County edged Cumberland 6-0 for third place in the opening game Saturday.