Timberland defeats Cross 37-0

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Timberland running back Brandon Simmons takes a handoff to the right side in the fourth quarter of the 37-0 victory over Cross. MICHAEL QUIRK/INDEPENDENT

Timberland High School moved to 2-1 Friday night with a 37-0 victory over Cross.
The Wolves were led by running back/linebacker Bernard Harmon who rushed for three touchdowns and contributed on defense as well.
“It was nice to rebound from the loss last week with a win tonight,” said Harmon. “It was a great experience to be able to come out here and get the win.”
Harmon broke a scoreless tie with the game’s first touchdown 1:27 into the second quarter. He was able to break a couple of tackles before finding pay dirt, a theme of the night on all three of his scores.
“The offensive line blocked really well for me all night and from there I was able to break some tackles and get into the end zone,” he said.
In a hotly contested game that included a Timberland player being ejected for throwing a punch, Harmon was seen throughout the game offering a hand to a player he had tackled.
“That’s just who (Harmon) is,” said Timberland head coach Art Craig. “He’s a class guy who does the right thing even when you’re not looking.”
The score was 7-0 through most of the second quarter until Timberland’s Matt Gabel caught a diving fourth down grab on top of the front-right pylon with 1:35 remaining in the half.
The third quarter belonged to Timberland as the Wolves scored three times in the quarter. Quarterback Ryan Hood scrambled in for a touchdown on the opening drive of the half to increase the lead to 20-0. Later in the quarter Harmon busted loose for a 59-yard score.
On the next Cross possession, Shamel Williams intercepted the ball at the THS 39 and returned it to the 2.
“After I caught it, I thought I had a chance to take it back,” said Williams. “But then I cramped up and if that wouldn’t have happened I would’ve scored.”
Harmon punched the ball in on the next play to make it 34-0. The Wolves added a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make the final tally 37-0.
“We lost 10 starters from last year’s team including four on the offensive lines,” said Craig. “We needed to come out here and reestablish ourselves, get better from the week before and take baby steps going forward.”
Cross head coach Shaun Wright said that the Trojans will need to improve in practice before they can see results on Friday nights.
“Anytime you get beat in all phases in a game like we did it all starts with me,” Wright said. “I am excited to get back to work because we still have a chance to change ourselves into better people, coaches, and players. I’m looking to win Monday through Thursday with this group, Fridays will take care of itself.”
Timberland is now 2-1 on the season and will host Murray High School on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Cross fell to 1-2 and will hit the road again this week when they travel to play Hemingway at 7:30 p.m.

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