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One week after a disappointing 46-8 loss at Oliver Springs, the Harriman Middle School Blue Devils bounced back with a 28-0 victory over Sunbright in a game that lasted only one half due to thunderstorms at Wallace Black Field.
“It was a good comeback for us after last week's fiasco at Oliver Springs,” Harriman head coach Baron Tapp said. “We played hard tonight and this was a big win for us. It's one that we needed to keep our hopes of playing for the district championship alive.”
With the shortening of the game, Harriman's offense ran only 12 plays on the evening with QB Jeter Cox having a hand in most of them as he completed 3 of 7 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball one time for 30 yards and a score on a play that was a called pass.
“We worked a lot with our quarterback and the passing game this week,” Tapp said. “We found out last week that we have to be two-dimensional. We just can't rely on running the football alone.”
Harriman's first score of the night came on the ground as Garrett Greene scored from 23 yards out to cap a 2-play, 28-yard scoring drive.
Cox threw to Hunter Clark for the conversion, making the score 8-0 with 5:36 left in the opening period.
Greene then set up Harriman's second score as he recovered a Sunbright fumble at the Tigers 8 yard line.
Austin Barnett scored two plays later on a 3-yard run to give the Devils a 14-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
Harriman's next drive lasted six plays and covered 42 yards before Cox used a huge block from Clark to scamper into the end zone from 30 yards out.
Isaiah McClain added the conversion run to give the Devils a 22-0 lead with 7:49 left in the first half.
Harriman's final scoring drive of the half lasted two plays and covered 34 yards. Cox opened the drive with a 33-yard pass to Zach Perrine then he ended the drive with a 1-yard scoring toss to Clark that made the score 28-0.
All the scoring came before the skies opened up at halftime, forcing the game to be called with 16 minutes left to play.
Harriman's defense held Sunbright to 45 yards offense on 23 plays. The Devils starting defense actually held the Tigers to -18 yards offense before giving way to the younger players in the second quarter.
Harriman (3-3) hosts Oakdale on Thursday.
Thursday’s win is pretty much a must-win game for the Blue Devils as Harriman enters the game tied with Oliver Springs and Midway atop the district standings.
Rushing- Greene 1-23 with 1 TD, Barnett 3-11 with 1 TD, Cox 1-30 with 1 TD.
Passing- Cox 3-7 for 63 yards with 1 TD.
Receiving- Barnett 1-29, Perrine 1-33, Clark 1-1 with 1 TD.