Harlan hosts Carroll in matchup of 1-1 teams

(Harlan) The Harlan Cyclone football team will oppose Carroll in Week 3. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. The Tigers lost to Glenwood in their first out before topping Ballard last Friday night. Harlan’s season so for includes a win against Denison-Schleswig and a loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

Harlan coach Todd Bladt says Carroll is a quality opponent. “They have a lot of weapons. They have a lot of tough kids and guys that can play with tenacity.” Bladt adds, “They like to fly around to the football and they aren’t afraid to hit you in the mouth.”

Harlan looks to respond from a 47-27 loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Special teams hindered Harlan last week with two punts that were blocked and a Warrior kickoff return for a score. “Everything on paper looked pretty event except for those five or six big plays that were major influencers in the game. If you get a punt block for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown those are momentum swinging plays and we can’t let that happen. We have to be better on special teams.”

Bladt says they found out they have guys that are willing to play hard, but they need to know where to be in order to do that. Johnathan Monson completed 10/25 passes for 110 yards and one interception. Brendan Bartley led the ground game with 106 yards and two scores on 13 carries. Monson had a rushing TD among his seven attempts for 59 yards. Will McLaughlin was the team’s leading tackler in week two with 8.5 stops while Michael Erlmeier and Joseph Fah each recorded six tackles. McLaughlin and Lucas Stanley both recovered fumbles and Fah intercepted a pass.