Sabres foil late Harmon upset bid, 26-20

Harmon junior running back Quincy Adams (33) scored from 5 yards out in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Sumner Academy Sabres needed some late-game heroics from their offense and their defense to overcome the Harmon Hawks’ fourth quarter comeback attempt on Friday evening. Nahshon Houston’s touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes to go gave Sumner the 26-20 victory.

Harmon struck first with a 3-yard touchdown run by Quincy Adams in the first quarter. A long pass to tight end Evan Wyatt was the key play in the drive.

The teams traded fumbles of the rain-slicked ball back and forth into the second quarter, which prevented either one from making a serious challenge.

Sumner got even midway through the second quarter on a Dominic Lee quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Malachi Moore’s run to the half-yard line set up the score.

Taking advantage of a Harmon fumble, Sumner took the lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Lee to receiver Donny Bagley with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half.

Sumner had the opportunity for another touchdown to close the half, but they were unable to connect on three pass attempts and a field goal try from the 20-yard line. The half ended with a 13-6 Sumner advantage.

Moore gave the Sabres a two-touchdown advantage with a 22-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.

The Hawks pulled closer on a 3-yard touchdown run by Terrance Johnson near the end of the third quarter that made the score 20-12.

Harmon evened the score at 20 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Trevontae Rushing returned an interception 80 yards, and Harmon succeeded on the two-point conversion run by Adams.

On the following drive, the Sabres strung together runs from Moore and Houston to march quickly down the field. Houston picked up the game-winning score on a 3-yard run over the right side of his offensive line. An interception by Moore shut down Harmon’s drive.

Sumner’s record in the Kansas City – Atchison League improved to 2-2 (4-3 overall). They will play their final home game of the season against Atchison on Thursday evening at Schlagle Stadium. The Hawks fall to 0-4 in the league (0-7 overall). They will play at Wyandotte on Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Harmon junior tight end Evan Wyatt (32) caught a long pass over the middle to set up the Hawks’ first touchdown. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The cold, drizzling rain made cheering more challenging. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Junior running back Malachi Moore (28) got some blocking help from senior lineman Dallas Burton (52) on his 22-yard touchdown run. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Harmon senior quarterback Terrance Johnson (1) was run out of bounds by Sumner senior defensive back Marcus Davis (15). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Sumner dance team and marching band performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Sumner marching band performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Harmon linebacker Trevontae Rushing (8) grabbed an interception and returned it for a touchdown, tying the score in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
The Harmon cheerleaders celebrated the game-tying touchdown. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sumner senior receiver Donny Bagley reeled in a 22-yard touchdown pass. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sumner junior running back Malachi Moore (28) tried to shake a tackle by Harmon junior linebacker Isiah Rush. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Sumner senior running back Nahshon Houston (10) was pushed out of bounds after a long run in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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