“We had some good spots and some bad spots, but it’s early in the season,” said New Harlan coach Chad Wood of the Cumberland game.
“We didn’t have a lot of series on offense, but we scored once on defense, and they had a long drive on us and played defense quite a bit.”
The Patriots scored two first-half touchdowns in the scrimmages, which featured two 10-minute halves.
Jordan Turner scored on a 35-yard run with 7:47 to play in the opening half. Alex Sergent added the two-point conversion.
The Redskins turned the ball over three times in the first half. Aaron Caldwell recovered two fumbles while Carson Whitehead recovered one for New Harlan.
With 2:51 left in the first half, Tucker Lewis scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
The Redskins avoided the shutout with 17 seconds to play as Scotty Bailey scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Treyvon Long added the two-point conversion.
“New Harlan has a great, great team,” Cumberland coach Wes Bailey said. “They subbed a whole bunch, but I’m proud of my kids. We got down 14-0 and had to make a lot of changes.
“I’m just proud of my kids. They didn’t quit. We tried our best.”
The Patriots scored twice in the first half against the Wildcats and cruised to their second win of the day.
Austin Maggard connected with Andrew Dozier for a 47-yard touchdown pass with 8:29 left in the first half. Turner added the two-point conversion.
Tyler Boggs recovered a fumble and raced 23 yards for a touchdown two minutes later to make it 14-0.
Anthony Jenkins scored on a 20-yard interception return with 1.8 seconds left in the game.
Cory Chorak and Austin Vannatter each had fumble recoveries for the Patriots. Jake Middleton and Gary Madden each recovered fumbles for Evarts.
“Evarts had a good ball club. They’ll be there for the hunt,” said Wood. “We got what we wanted to do tonight. We got to look at a lot of kids in different positions, and we got to play everybody, and that was one goal we had when we came up here.”
The Wildcats gained 40 total yards, including 32 on a pass from quarterback Cody Logan to Madden.
“I saw some bright spots,” Evarts coach Robert Evans said. “The offensive line still needs some work, but it’s just a scrimmage. I saw some good things and, hopefully, we can build on those and fix some of the things we missed up on. I think we’ll be OK down the road.”
Chuckie Sandlin and Thomas Caldwell each scored a touchdown as Leslie County defeated Pennington Gap (Va.) 14-6 in Saturday’s nightcap.
Caldwell also added a two-point conversion.
The Bobcats scored a second-half touchdown.
The regular season opens Thursday. Cumberland will travel to New Harlan while Evarts plays host to Leslie County.
Offense was at a premium at the fifth- and sixth-grade Cumberland Valley Conference Grid-O-Rama on Saturday at Cumberland.
The New Harlan Patriots split a pair of scrimmages, falling to Stinnett before defeating Pennington Gap, Va., and the Cumberland Redskins and Evarts Wildcats battled to a scoreless tie.
The Blue Jays claimed an 8-0 victory in the first scrimmage, using their significant size advantage to overpower the Patriots.
Stinnett embarked on a drive of more than 10 minutes to open the game, capped with a 5-yard run by Tristan Collett at the 4:55 mark. Peyton Pugh added the two-point conversion.
Chris Wilson recovered a fumble in the second half for Stinnett to help seal the victory.
The Patriots recovered, using a defensive touchdown to defeat Pennington Gap 8-0 in the second matchup.
Nick Cornett returned an interception 45 yards with about 6:20 remaining in the second half for the game’s only touchdown. Cornett also added the conversion.
Pennington Gap’s Hunter Carroll was injured later in the half and was taken off the field by ambulance.
Logan Rasnic broke a long run into New Harlan territory with time winding down, but the Patriots’ defense stopped the drive to preserve the victory.
Aaron Rowe recovered a fumble for Pennington Gap.
The Redskins and Wildcats missed out on several scoring chances in a scoreless tie.
The Wildcats drove deep into Cumberland territory before fumbling early in the first half. The fumble was recovered by Matthew McKnight.
Kelin Gist countered with a 42-yard run, but the Skins couldn’t get any closer.
Cumberland fumbled twice in the second half, and Jake Ball came up with both recoveries for Evarts.