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Dragons close season with loss to Pineville

Two fumbles deep inside Pineville territory in the first quarter spoiled Harlan’s chances for a strong start Thursday in its season finale against Pineville. The visiting Lions capitalized on the opportunities in building a big lead in the first half on the way to a 38-26 victory in seventh- and eighth-grade football action.

Quarterback Vincent Smith fumbled on the Pineville 20 after a long run on the Dragons’ opening series. Noah Kirby fumbled on the Pineville 17 after a 30-yard run on the Dragons’ second series.

Pineville quarterback Clay Teague raced 88 yards for the opening score of the game after Kirby’s fumble. Sawyer Thompson passed to Brady Phipps for the two-point conversion.

Smith went 28 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left in the opening quarter to cut the deficit to two.

Thompson ran 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, then found Phipps for the conversion and a 16-6 lead.

Smith broke free again, this time for a 54-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 16-12.

Thompson went in from the 20 with 1:13 left in the half to make the score 22-12.

Thompson teamed with Phipps for a big gain to set up a 1-yard TD run by Dylan Abner with 11 seconds to play. Jacob Maggard added the two-point conversion for a 30-12 halftime lead.

Smith and Kirby each had touchdown runs for the Dragons in the second half. Smith added a two-point conversion.

Harlan ended the season with a record of 3-7.

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One yard away from tying the game and having a chance to win with an extra point, Harlan fell 20-14 in double overtime in the fifth- and sixth-grade game on a fumbled snap on third down.

The game was tied 6-6 into overtime. Landon Robbins scored for Pineville on a 20-yard run on the first play of the game after a long kickoff return. Brayden Doan tied the game for Harlan with a 30-yard run later in the opening quarter.

Will Shepherd went in from the 2 on fourth down in overtime to put Harlan ahead. Shepherd added the two-point conversion.

Robbins scored on a 1-yard run on third down. Deakon Partin tied the game with the two-point conversion.

Robbins went in from the 10 for the winning touchdown on the first play of the second overtime. Isaiah Cornett made the tackle for Harlan on the two-point conversion.

Harlan (3-5) will close its season on Thursday at Evarts.