Roberts powers Pikeville in rout of Green Dragons
Conner Roberts ran for four touchdowns and passed for two others as Pikeville reached the end zone seven times in the first half to start a running clock on the way to a 47-14 win Friday over visiting Harlan in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Roberts teamed with Jackson Hensley for a 30-yard touchdown pass only 18 seconds into the game.
A 20-yard touchdown run with Roberts with 6:42 left in the first quarter, followed by the first of five Tanner Hamilton extra points, pushed the Panthers’ lead to 13-0.
Pugh had 20-yard touchdown run and Roberts followed with a 21-yard touchdown run only 42 seconds apart as Pikeville built a 27-0 lead after one quarter.
Roberts had touchdown runs of 33 and 3 yards in the second quarter to push the lead to 40-0. Roberts teamed with Pugh for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:59 left in the half to close the scoring for the Panthers.
Will Varner teamed with Jon Eldridge for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:40 left and then the duo hooked up again for the two-point conversion.
Harlan defensive lineman Kyle Allison scooped up a fumble and took it 40 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
Pikeville will travel to Williamsburg on Friday in the second round of the playoffs. The Green Dragons ended the seasons with a record of 3-8.
Pikeville 47, Harlan 14
Harlan 0 0 0 14 — 14
Pikeville 27 20 0 0 — 47
P — Hensley 30 pass from Roberts (run failed)
P — Roberts 20 run (Hamilton kick)
P – Pugh 20 run (Hamilton kick)
P — Roberts 21 run (Hamilton kick)
P — Roberts 33 run (pass failed)
P — Roberts 3 run (Hamilton kick)
P — Pugh 13 pass from Roberts (Hamilton kick)
H — Eldridge 15 pass from Varner (Eldridge pass from Varner)
H — Allison 40 fumble return
First downs 5 13
Rushes-yards 36-45 41-205
Passing 65 125
Comp-Att-Int 4-8-1 7-9-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 1-15 3-25
RUSHING—Harlan, Adkins 9-21. Pikeville, Roberts 8-87, Roberts 4-56.
PASSING—Harlan, Ledford 1-4-0-15, Varner 3-4-1-50. Pikeville, Roberts 7-9-0-125.
RECEIVING—Harlan, Clem 1-20, McKenzie 1-15, Eldridge 1-15, Bryson 1-15. Pikeville, Hensley 3-72, Pugh 1-20, Biliter 1-20, Birchfield 1-13.