By Carl Holcomb
East Hardy played fast and furious with Brett Tharp eluding the Falcons for four touchdowns to carry the Cougars to a 38-13 victory on September 1.
“We came out to start the game with a lot of intensity. We played a really good first half of football,” East Hardy Coach Chad Williams said.
Midway into the second quarter, East Hardy produced the first score on its second
The Cougars started inside Frankfort territory and Jeffrey Mills caught a 34-yard pass from Clay Skovron to reach the red zone at the 12-yard line.
[private] After four yard gain on the ground by Phillip Mullin, East Hardy went to the air again with Skovron connecting with Tharp for an eight yard strike and Nick Miller added the extra point for a 7-nil lead at the 4:54 mark.
Three plays into the Falcons third possession, Tharp intercepted the ball and setup the Cougars at the 39-yard line.
After a diving attempt for a catch went awry, East Hardy picked up six yards on a carry by Mullin.
Mills garnered a first down with a catch at the Frankfort 49-yard line.
Aden Funkhouser snatched a pass from Skovron for a 21-yard play to the 28-yard line.
Skovron added four yards after a fake handoff, then Mullin took a pitch and was chased out of bounds at the line of scrimmage.
Facing fourth down, Skovron launched a high pass which Tharp leapt for and hauled in under pressure to move the chains at the eight yard line.
The Cougars capped off the drive with a two yard touchdown as Skovron pitched to Mullin, who tossed to Tharp wide open standing in the end zone and Miller added the extra point for a 14-0 advantage to close the first quarter.
Frankfort went three and out with Andrew Tharp getting a piece of the punt creating great field position for East Hardy at the Falcons 43-yard line.
One play was all the Cougars needed as Skovron threw to Tharp for the touchdown at the 9:37 mark and the two-point conversion was executed despite the ball coming loose by
The Falcons started at their own 24-yard line and marched down the field to the East Hardy 28-yard line eight plays, then Tharp slammed into Frankfort quarterback Wyatt Yates upon release of the ball and it was intercepted by Dove at the 23.
East Hardy struck pay dirt in one play as Mullin eluded tackles for a 77-yard touchdown run at the 4:46 mark of the second quarter and Miller’s kick made it 29-0.
After a turnover on downs, East Hardy went back to work on offense from its own 41-yard line.
Skovron and Mullin kept the drive alive with third down conversions, then Tharp capped the eight play possession off with a ten yard touchdown reception from Skovron with 32 seconds left to go up 35-0 at the break.
Dove recovered a fumble early in the third quarter, but the Cougars didn’t capitalize on it.
A pair of personal fouls helped the Falcons swoop closer to the end zone later in the period and finished off ten play series with a one yard touchdown run by Dalton Pollock at 2:12, 35-7.
East Hardy added one more score with a 33-yard field goal by Miller at the 1:12 mark to
extend the lead at 38-7.
Tharp had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown negated on offsetting penalties as Frankfort didn’t have enough men on the field and the Cougars were flagged for a block in the back.
Frankfort’s Logan Cook made an interception which led to a touchdown at the 6:40 mark of the fourth period against the second team defense as Nick Marley made a 43-yard run to the end zone and the extra point was blocked by Aaron Fishel.
East Hardy’s next opponent was Wheeling Central Catholic.