Bearcats ousted in regional
South Harrison put together a quick 5-play, 66-yard drive for a touchdown early in the third quarter and held on for a 14-6 Class 1 regional football playoff victory over the visiting Orrick Bearcats last Wednesday in Bethany.
South Harrison tried to gain control of the game from the outset, marching 65 yards in five plays for the game's first points only 1 minute, 44 seconds deep into the first quarter, a 41-yard run by Cole Os-borne.
The Bearcats managed only five plays offensively and then punted.
South Harrison marched down the field again, but with the ball inside the Bearcats' 10, SHHS fumbled.
Orrick shifted the momentum with a time-consuming 20-play, 95-yard drive for the game-tying touchdown on a 10-yard run by Logan Eubank with 6:52 left in the first half. The drive ate up 10 minutes, 33 seconds.
"We did a good job of driving the ball and controlling the clock on offense," Orrick head coach Pat Richard said.
"I was very proud of the 20-play, 95-yard drive. We overcame some penalties and converted some key third downs."
The Bearcats tried to score again at the end of the first half, but their 10-play, 57-yard drive only got them to the SHHS 10-yard line when time ran out.
The Bearcats failed to get a first down on their initial possession of the second half.
After the Bearcats punted, SHHS scored quickly, driving 66 yards in five plays, Billy Wendt catching a 24-yard pass from Dylan Heitz. Heitz also connected with Osborne with the important two-point conversion pass.
The Bearcats responded with a 13-play drive but it failed to result in any points. It took off 7:49 of the clock but only moved the ball 38 yards, reaching as close as the SHHS 38-yard line. But Orrick had to punt.
South Harrison managed one first down before punting the ball back.
Orrick's last possession started at its 37.
The Bearcats moved the ball 48 yards in 11 plays but turned over the ball on a fumble with 2:26 left in the game.
South Harrison ended the Bearcats' season by gaining one first down and running out the clock.
The Bearcats outgained South Harrison 265 to 231.
Eubank closed out his career by rushing for 163 yards in 40 carries. No other Orrick running back reached 20 yards.
Eubank also was 5 for 9 for 69 yards passing, including two passes to Derrick Harris for 32 yards and two to Turner Twyman for 21 yards.
The Bearcats, who finished the season 6-5, will lose seven seniors, including Eubank, Twyman, Dakota Haslar, Marcus McClellan, Jordyn Butler, Cameron McGlothlin and Zach Nichols.
"Jordyn Butler had another outstanding game on defense. He did a great job of running sideline to sideline to make plays," Richard said.
South Harrison, 10-1, advanced to the sectional round of the playoffs, hosting 11-1 Wellington Monday.
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