Patriots’ comeback falls short in loss to Bell

Published 11:20 am Monday, September 23, 2019

New Harlan fell behind 14-0 Thursday at Bell County and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up. The Patriots battled back to within four and got as close the Bobcats’ 30 in the closing seconds before falling 26-22.

Samuel Henson started the comeback with a 21-yard TD run in the second quarter. Henson added the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 14-8 at halftime.

Bell pushed the lead to 20-8 in the third quarter, but Caleb Johnson answered with a 70-yard kickoff return.

Bell scored again in the fourth quarter. Henson went in from the 5 and added the two-point conversion with one minute left. The Patriots recovered an onside kick but ran out of time on the Bell 30.

Henson ran for 96 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Patriots’ offense

Will Cassim led the New Harlan defense with 14 tackles. Henson added 11 tackles. Jacob Shoemaker and Jared Rhymer had seven each.

New Harlan returns to action Thursday at Cumberland.

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New Harlan (4-2) fell 16-8 to Bell County in fifth- and sixth-grade action.

Jace Brown ran for 117 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown to lead the Patriots. Jake Brewer added 96 yards on 10 carries. Gunner Burkhart contributed a two-point conversion.

Landon Brock led the New Harlan defense with five tackles. Brayden Morris and Brown had four each.