Cyclones crush Atlantic
ATLANTIC -- In a football rivalry dating back to 1901, Harlan Community had never before scored more than 49 points vs. Atlantic in 106 all-time meetings.
Until Friday, that is, when the Cyclones already broke 40 by the end of the first quarter.
Bolstered by two ‘pick 6’ touchdowns, a kickoff return TD and constant short fields on offense, HCHS set a new single-game high for points during Curt Bladt’s 38-year head coaching career with a 69-7 demolition of the short-handed Trojans.
The 8th-ranked Cyclones scored five touchdowns in the final 6:11 of the first quarter to go up 41-0 and led 48-7 at halftime. The second half featured a running clock and a constant flow of Harlan reserves, but Nick Foss’ 92-yard runback of the third quarter kickoff and Richard Blackman’s 65-yard INT return kept the points piling up and led to the inflated final tally.
Despite not scoring in the final 13 minutes, 21 seconds, HCHS posted the program’s highest point total since Harlan won 73-0 at Avoca in 1942. The Cyclones’ 62-point margin of victory was their most lopsided since a 63-0 win over Red Oak in 2011.