Frazier powers Lions in victory over Harlan
PINEVILLE — One of the mountains’ longest-standing football rivalries was renewed Friday night as the Harlan Green Dragons made the approximately 30-mile trek to Pineville to face the Mountain Lions in the annual installment of “The Battle of 119.”
The game is the state’s third-longest continuing high school rivalry game that has produced high drama and many memorable moments between the two schools over the years.
Unfortunately for the Green Dragons, the Lions are experiencing an uptick currently. Senior running back Colby Frazier scored four touchdowns and the Lions scored on their first five possessions, defeating the Dragons 42-0 on a soggy night at Bill Adams Stadium.
For most of the season, Pineville ( 7-2 ) has featured a two-headed rushing attack led by Frazier and Devon “Scooby” Morris which has produced nearly 2000 yards between them and a stout defense, a trademark of Pineville coach Randy Frazier.
However, Harlan did not go quietly into that good night, as HHS running backs Ethan Clem and Jayden Ward rotated in the backfield running the “Wild Dragon” offense in an effort to keep the Dragons in the contest.
In the first quarter, though, Pineville took the opening kickoff and immediately marched down the field behind Frazier and Morris. Eventually, Frazier scored from 10 yards out. Luke Nailor’s kick was true and Pineville led 7-0.
After a quick three and out from Harlan, the Lions again marched down the field on the strength of their running game. Frazier broke off a 40-yard score. Nailor’s attempt was good and Pineville built their lead to 14-0.
Harlan found little success on its next possession and punted again. Pineville scored behind Frazier’s third TD from 15 yards out. The kick was no good this time and the Lions led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Later in the second quarter, the Dragons were unable to get anything going on their possession and were forced to punt again, and once again Pineville scored on Frazier’s fourth touchdown of the game from 14 yards out. The conversion was good by Morris and the lead grew to 28-0.
After a change of possession, the Lions scored again, this time behind Noah Caldwell’s 37-yard scamper. Caldwell also add the conversion and the Lions went into halftime leading 36-0.
Coming out of the break, the Dragons found some success behind Ward and Clem but were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs. Pineville took the ball and closed the scoring behind Morris’ 10-yard score and conversion at 42-0.
In the final quarter, both teams substituted heavily to close the game.
Harlan (1-8 ) will be at home to close the regular season as Leslie County pays a visit to Joe Gilly Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
Pineville 42, Harlan 0
Harlan 0. 0 0. 0 — 0
Pineville 20 16 6 0 — 42
P- Frazier 10 run (Nailor kick)
P- Frazier 40 run (Nailor kick)
P- Frazier 15 run (kick failed)
P- Frazier 14 run (Morris run)
P- Caldwell 37 run (Caldwell run)
P- Morris 10 run (Morris run)