HI HAT – With six Dragons reaching the end zone, Harlan got its 2015 season off to an impressive start by defeating host South Floyd 60-26 at Raider Field on Friday night.
Senior fullback Nick Jarvis ran for 125 yards on 12 carries and sophomore tailback Kendal Brock added 116 yards on 13 carries to lead the Dragons.
Paul Stapleton, who added 73 yards on seven carries, started the Harlan offense with an 85-yard punt return. Pedro Roman’s extra point gave the Dragons a 7-0 lead.
Brock scored on a 3-yard run with 11:56 left in the second quarter. Roman missed the extra point, but the Dragons led 13-0.
South Floyd needed only 19 seconds to answer as Hunter Johnson scored on a 25-yard run. J.R. Tackett was stopped on the two-point conversion attempt.
Brock scored on a 17-yard run with 9:40 to play in the first half and Jarvis tacked on the two-point conversion as the Harlan lead grew to 21-6.
Stapleton scored on a 4-yard run and Kilian Ledford went in from the 10 as the Dragons’ lead was at 34-6 before South Floyd scored on the last play of the half, a 4-yard pass from Johnson to Andrew Tackett.
Brock ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 6:43 left in the third quarter. Roman’s extra point pushed the Harlan lead to 41-14.
Tanner Parks, who completed two of six passes for 17 yards, both to Noah Busroe, scored on a 13-yard run with 33 seconds left in the half. Roman added the extra point.
South Floyd (1-1) scored in the closing seconds of a period for the second time as Johnson again teamed with Tackett for a touchdown pass to end the third quarter.
Jarvis reached the end zone on a 5-yard run with 11:56 left in the game. Roman hit the extra point.
The Harlan defense got it on the act when freshman Caleb Adkins stripped the ball from a South Floyd ball carrier and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown wit 6:40 to play.
A 70-yard return by South Floyd’s Dustin Huff on the ensuing kickoff closed the scoring.
The Dragons lost three touchdowns due to penalties and were penalized nine times for 105 yards.
South Floyd will visit Knott County Central for its first away game in the 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 28. Kickoff for the South Floyd-Knott County Central football game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Hindman.