NH inches closer to elusive ‘W’
The North Harrison Cougars came up short on a vital two-point conversion attempt with 0:34 remaining, falling 15-13 Friday to the host Perry Central Commodores.
The Cougars, trailing 15-7, marched downfield during their final possession in the game’s closing minutes, before Corey Beckman hit pay dirt from three yards out to make the score 15-13. Beckman got the call again for the two-point try but his run was stopped short. Perry Central successfully recovered an onside Cougar kick and ran out the clock to end the game.
First-year North Harrison coach Jason Mullis, whose team dropped to 0-2, said he was satisfied with his team’s effort and believes it is continuing to improve.
‘I’m really proud of my kids,’ he added. ‘I think we’ve got a good ball club.’
Mullis said a lost fumble by his team in the fourth quarter proved costly, especially when the game turned out to be close at the end.
‘We still have to protect the ball in key situations,’ he added.
The Cougars drew first blood, when freshman tailback Bryan Schroeder scampered 33 yards for a score, with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter. Bart Robertson tacked on the extra point kick and the Cougars were up 7-0.
Perry Central got on the scoreboard in the second as junior tailback Dwight Brown scored on a 30-yard jaunt at the 8:01 mark, to tie the score 7-7. Keith Harrison added the point-after kick. The score was knotted at 7-7 at halftime.
Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter. Perry took the lead, 15-7, eight seconds into the fourth, on a one-yard scoring run by Brown. The Commodores were good on the two-point conversion when quarterback Coulten Hauser hit tight end Levi Clark for the score.
North Harrison was plagued by two costly turnovers, a fumble and interception, both in the final quarter and were scoreless until Beckman’s TD with 0:34 remaining.
Schroeder led the Cougars in rushing with 100 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Mike Dean was 3 of 8 passing for 45 yards with one interception. The Cougars notched 10 first downs and amassed 193 yards total offense. The Commodores were led on the ground by Brown, who picked up 128 yards on 23 carries. Hauser was 6 of 10 through the air for 54 yards. Perry Central moved the chains for seven first downs and totaled 174 yards of offense.
North returns to action Friday in their conference opener at Charlestown. They will take on the Pirates (1-1), at 7:30 p.m.