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Written by: David Burnworth on Friday, September 4th, 2020
Last night I made my first ever trip to the home of Harrison Central, to watch their Thursday Night Lights game against Toronto. Harrison Central comes in 1-0, while Toronto is 0-1. The last time I watched Toronto play was way back in 2000, against Newark Catholic in the playoffs. This game was wacky at best. Harrison Central did not have an offensive possession until there was under 8:00 left in the first half. Entering the fourth quarter we had a five-point game, when the clock read 0:00 we ended up with A 32 point game.
The hometown Huskies would get a pick-six from Kobe Mitchel to take a 6-0 lead, with 8:46 left in the opening quarter. Mitchel has an offer from Green Bay for basketball and the kid isn’t a bad football player either. The Red Knights would see Jojo Savage stopped for a 2-yard loss when James Brooks and Kanyon Coleman teamed up for the tackle. The Red Knights recovered nicely from the negative play, with Garrett Dozier capping off the 10 play drive, with a 6-yard touchdown run. Chris Parker missed the P.A.T. leaving this a tied game at 6 apiece.
B.J.Pearson recovered the onside kick and the Red Knights offense was ready to strike again. After Dozier was stopped by Jonathon Vermillion for a 2-yard loss, the Red Knights would covert a fourth two, with Dozier taking the ball to the Huskies 1-yard line. From there Dozier ran in for the score. Aiden Mick hit Caleb Leasure on the two-point try, to make this a 14-6 game.
The Huskies offense would then put together a fine 11 play, 61-yard drive, with Brooks plowing in from 2 yards out. Mitchel connected with Brooks for two, to lock this one up at 14. In the final 1:15 of the half, both teams got big plays. For Toronto, it was a nice reception from, Brant Reeves. Reeves caught the ball after it was tipped and he was able to gain close to 30 yards. The biggest of the two plays came from Mitchell, who connected with Riley Kubic for a 71-yard score, making this a 20-14 game.
Reeves would pick off a Mitchel pass just 1:32 seconds into the 2nd half, to give Toronto the ball. The offense stumbles big time on the ensuing drive, then to make matters worse the ball was snapped over the head of Pearson who was lined up to punt. Pearson would run back and fall on the ball at his own three, but the damage had been done. Brooks would break two tackles on his way to the 3-yard score. Mitchel added the two-point conversion run, making this a 28-14 game.
Toronto would get a long pass from Leasure to Ryan Matyas, that took the ball all the way down to the Huskies23 yard line. Leasure converted a fourth and one to move the chains and this came after the Red Knights picked up a first down, when facing third and eight. Dozier ended the 11 play, 62-yard drive, with a 1-yard score. Parker connected on the P.A.T. making this a 28-21 game. Mitchel was sacked by Pearson causing a fumble that Ronald Pauley recovered on his own 5 yard line. The fumble forced the Huskies into A punting situation, where the snap sailed over Mitchel’s head and rolled out of the end zone, making this a 28-23 game, with A little under 2:00 minutes left in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Huskies as they would score four touchdowns while shutting the Red Knights out. Books used the work of his offensive line to break loose for a 32-yard score, after Jace Madzia hit the P.A.T. we had a 35-23 game. Vermillion would slam Leasure to the ground on a big-time quarterback sack. After getting the ball back the Huskies would get a 63-yard spring from Mitchel for another score. The P.A.T. made this a 42-23 game. Mitchel looked about two steps faster than anyone on the Toronto defense. Leasure put the ball on the turf and making the recovery for the Huskies on the 13-yard line was Kanyon Coleman. Mitchel found Trevor Carman for a 13-yard score. The P.A.T. made this a 49-23 game. Carman was wide open on the play, making this one of the easier passes for Mitchel. Brooks set up the next score, with a 48-yard run, with Gabe Marbais rounding out the scoring on a touchdown catch, from Hayden Cassidy, making this a 55-23 game.
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