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Coalfield crushes Harriman

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Yellow Jackets defeat Blue Devils 48-7 in first regional matchup

By The Staff

The Coalfield Yellow Jackets traveled to Roane County and spoiled the Harriman Blue Devils home opener Friday night with a 48-7 win in some rainy weather.

The Yellow Jackets’ first drive of the game saw them march from their own 35-yard line on the strength of six plays highlighted by a 39-yard strike by quarterback Parker McKinney to wide-out Michael Lowe.

After Drake Miklas carried Coalfield another 20 yards on two rushes, Tyler Keathley punched it in from one-yard out for the first touchdown.

Harriman could not get in gear on offense.

The first play for the Devils resulted in a false start penalty for five yards.

Giovanni Cromwell pounded at the Jackets’ defensive front with two carries for three yards.

A bobbled snap due to the wet, rainy conditions resulted in Jose Acosta punting the ball away.

Coalfield picked up where it left off during this series.

Getting the ball on the Harriman 29-yard line, it took four plays before McKinney found Ashton Jones for a 16-yard pass into the end zone.

“Parker is a very special young man,” Henry said, “He’s very intelligent and he’s a really good athlete in all sports.

“He’s like having a coach on the field. He’s a student of the game, studies, and does a great job directing the offense and does a great job on defense as well.”

Things continued in this manner throughout the first quarter. When the second frame began, the Jackets were comfortably in the driver’s seat at 21-0.

Before the opening period expired, Harriman began to show some signs of life.

Taking control at the end of the quarter on their own 20-yard line, the Devils were able to move the ball.

Bradley Frost followed a three-yard run by Trezdin Copeland with a 12-yard pass to Landon Cox.

At the start of the second, Frost dumped a pass to Cromwell to keep the momentum moving.

The Coalfield defense was finally able to force its way into the backfield on third down and caught Frost for a four-yard loss.

The Jackets took over on their 22-yard line and took only three plays to find the end zone when McKinney hit Lowe streaking down the sideline for an 81-yard bomb, making the score 27-0.

Not to be deterred, Harriman picked up where it left off on the last series and punched away at the seemingly impenetrable Jacket defense.

Copland smashed into the middle for three yards. Frost followed with a 12-yard keeper to get the chains moving.

Cromwell joined his backfield mate in giving a one-two punch. The Devils were in position on the Coalfield 46 facing fourth-and-one and opted to punt.

The next series for the Jackets consisted of a running attack led by Miklas. The senior back carried the ball six out of seven plays and was only slowed by a holding call.

Miklas rolled into the end zone from two yards out to seal the 80-yard drive, making the score 34-0.

The momentum Harriman had found appeared to die in the waning moments before halftime, as two possessions went nowhere.

Coalfield added another touchdown onto its total with a little over a minute left in the half. McKinney found Logan Kelly for a short pass that the back stretched into a 49-yard touchdown, making the score 41-0.

McKinney finished the evening with 234 yards through the air on 8-of-10 passing along with three touchdowns. He also carried the ball twice for five yards and a score on the ground.

Lowe had four catches for 134 yards and touchdown.

Miklas carried the ball seven times for 84 yards and touchdown.

Cromwell paced the Devils. He finished with seven carries, 50 yards and rumbled for a 34-yard touchdown in the second half.

The Jackets are now 3-0 on the season.

“You know anything can be a distraction,” Henry said, “the weather can be a distraction, or it’s homecoming week, you know just different things.

“Remember we were all young once too. We have a veteran group that came through and they’re such great leaders. There were a lot of good players that were good leaders before them to help set the standards, expectations and the things we want things done. They’ve done a great job of doing that.”

In the second half, some of the younger Yellow Jackets came in to finish out the contest.

“Those guys work extremely hard in the weight room and every day in practice just like the older guys, the varsity, and they deserve a chance to play and they do a great job,” Henry said. “We try to get them in and out as much as we can every week.”

Anthony Foster finished with 48 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Seth Lowe also chipped in with 28 yards on four rushes and a one-yard touchdown run.

Coalfield will return to Morgan County next week to host the Sunbright Tigers who will be looking to rebound after being shutout by Greenback, 48-0.