(Harlan) The Harlan Cyclones are moving on in the football playoffs following a 21-18 win over Carroll Monday night. The Cyclones improve to 10-1 on the season while Carroll’s season ends at 8-3.
Harlan avenged their 14-7 regular season loss to Carroll thanks in large part to a healthy Nate Gettys. Gettys topped the century mark and scored two touchdowns. Meanwhile Carroll was forced to play without their leading rusher Anthony Beyerink and second leading receiver Isaac Riesselman.
Harlan struck first when Gettys capped off a 45 yard drive with a three yard TD run. The plunge gave Harlan a 7-0 advantage with 2:43 to go in the first quarter. Carroll answered back midway through the 2nd quarter when Jon Dvorak powered it into the end zone from one yard out. The points came following an Alex Stenbo fumble recovery at the Harlan 17 yard line. The extra-point however was missed and Harlan took a 7-6 lead into the halftime break. Harlan didn’t take long into the second half to extend the lead to 14-6. Luke Hall grabbed a 47 yard touchdown pass from Adam Juhl on the team’s 2nd play from scrimmage. Carroll answered in the 4th quarter when Payton Renning caught a jump ball in the end zone on a 4th and goal from the 15. At that point the Tigers were within a 2 point conversion of tying the game, but quarterback Addison Ross was denied at the goal line when he tried to run it in on the option. Harlan extended their lead from 14-12 to 21-12 when Nate Gettys scored on an 11 yard run that was set up by an Adam Juhl deep ball to Luke Hall. Carroll kept themselves alive with a Jon Dvorak three yard TD with 3:57 left in the game to make it 21-18 following another missed extra point. Harlan however was able to run out the clock to close out the win.
9-1 Harlan will take on 11-0 and #1 ranked Bishop Heelan Catholic in the quarterfinals on Friday night.
Click here for the postgame comments from Harlan coach Curt Bladt