Foss reties touchdown mark as Cyclones win big
HARLAN -- During the first 120 years of Harlan Community Cyclone football, only two players were credited with scoring six touchdowns in a single game: Todd Hansen in 1988 and Ryan Fagan in 1998.
HCHS senior Nick Foss has now done it twice in the last six games.
Foss put forth another spectacular performance at Merrill Field Friday night, rushing for 283 yards on 26 carries and tying the school record he partially owns with six touchdown runs as the Cyclones rolled to a 55-7 Homecoming win over Adel-DeSoto-Minburn.
Foss, who said he “didn’t feel the greatest” before the game, had already netted 171 yards after one quarter and totaled 194 yards and four TDs by halftime. His scoring plays covered 5 yards, 39, 1, 1, 22 and 1 and there were also gains of 55, 22 and 48 to go along with a screen pass reception for 41.
HCHS led 27-7 at the half, then pulled away with 21 third-quarter points and improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Class 3A, District 7 - tied for first place with Winterset. ADM, which gained nearly half of its 150 total yards on one play, dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the district.
Foss downplayed his big statistical night, crediting the Cyclone offensive line for doing a “tremendous job” of blocking.
“It feels good, but I couldn’t do anything without the guys up front so I’ve got to give my credit to them. Without them, I wouldn’t be anything. It’s a good win,” said Foss, who also scored six times in a school record 334-yard performance vs. Atlantic last October.
Defensively, HCHS was just one play removed from notching its first shutout of the year. On third-and-three early in the second quarter, Tiger quarterback Matthew West completed a short pass to Cole Knoll, who broke a tackle and sprinted down the right sideline for a 73-yard touchdown.
Other than that, ADM crossed midfield just one other time as the Cyclones allowed only five first downs and 150 total yards, forcing nine punts and scoring their first defensive touchdown when Jon Owens jumped a sideline route in the third quarter and returned his first career interception 22 yards for a pick six.
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