Cyclones run wild through suspect Panther ‘D’

Tarney’s career game highlights 607-yard performance as HCHS clinches playoff bid, 59-21

 CRESTON – In 38 years and 443 games as the Harlan Community head football coach, it’s quite possible that Curt Bladt has never had a team accomplish what the 2015 Cyclones did Friday night against Creston/Orient-Macksburg.
 From a powerful rushing attack to an effective short-passing game to the press box coaches’ halftime suggestions, it was all clicking offensively as the Cyclones racked up 607 total yards and scored on all nine possessions in an impressive 59-21 win over the Panthers.
 Combined with losses by A-D-M and Winterset, the HCHS victory clinched a playoff berth with two weeks remaining in the regular season and improved the 7th-ranked Cyclones to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Class 3-A, District 8 – a four-win improvement over last year at this time.
 “That’s good, but we’ve got some unfinished business yet,” Bladt said.
 Harlan’s 607 total yards (341 rushing, 266 passing) were just 22 shy of the single-game school record accomplished by an undefeated 1970 Cyclone squad vs. Jefferson, and might be the first time a Bladt-coached team has surpassed the 600 mark.
 HCHS outgained the Panthers 257-214 in building a 24-14 halftime lead, then scored the first 28 points of the second half and tacked on another 350 yards during five touchdown drives.

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