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Harter leads Cowboys to victory

COLOME--With Colome's season on the line, Reed Harter would not let his Cowboys lose. With Colome leading by two points and needing a stop, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior forced a fumble that eventually sealed the Cowboys' 38-36 win over Alcester...

Colome's Reed Harter, right, drops back to pass as Alcester-Hudson's Logan McConnell (21) applies pressure during a Class 9B high school playoff game in Colome. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Colome's Reed Harter, right, drops back to pass as Alcester-Hudson's Logan McConnell (21) applies pressure during a Class 9B high school playoff game in Colome. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

COLOME-With Colome's season on the line, Reed Harter would not let his Cowboys lose.

With Colome leading by two points and needing a stop, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior forced a fumble that eventually sealed the Cowboys' 38-36 win over Alcester-Hudson on Monday in Colome. The win moved Colome into the Class 9B semifinals.

Desperate to get a score, the Cubs had 3 minutes to drive 91 yards to save their season. Alcester-Hudson quarterback Grant Johnson saw his receiver - Logan McConnell - wide open running a crossing route. Johnson threw a soft pass to his wideout, which McConnell easily caught for what looked to be a big gain. Only, McConnell didn't see Harter coming from his blindside.

"I came over from the opposite side of the field the moment I saw the quarterback lob it up," Harter said, adding he thought he'd have a chance to force a fumble. "The receiver caught it, and I was able to punch it out and (Kelly O'Bryan) was able to recover it. The turnovers went our way today."

After the forced turnover, Colome running back Will Cahoy punched in a two-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 38-28 lead.

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The Cowboys will play Harding County on Saturday in Buffalo with a state championship berth on the line.

Colome won the turnover battle, forcing the Cubs to commit three. In addition to his forced fumble, Harter snagged an interception and Holden Thieman snagged a pick in a jump-ball battle.

"We knew it was going to be a battle, we knew these guys were good," Colome coach Scott Kortan said. "I'm just so proud of our kids. They fell behind 14-0 early, but they never gave up, and never got down on themselves."

Offensively for Colome, Harter had 23 carries for 158 rushing yards, while scoring three rushing touchdowns, and was 5-of-8 through the air for 117 passing yards and threw a passing touchdown. O'Bryan picked up 59 yards on 11 carries for Colome.

Cubs head coach Brian Haak said containing Harter was too tough a task for his defense.

"We knew he was their heart and soul," he said. "We were keying on him as much as we could, and he still made our guys miss and made plays for them. He had a speed option a couple times that broke our backs, and he made an incredible throw on third and long to keep a driving moving. Hats off to him."

Defensively, Wiley Heath had 16 tackles, Harter had 14 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble and O'Bryan had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.

"That was probably the most fun playing a game I've had," Harter said. "The defense stepped up big, and our offensive line helped our running backs by making their blocks. We executed well on the offensive side of the ball and made plays on defense. I can't say how proud I am of these guys."

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CHS 8 6 8 16 38

AH 14 6 0 16 36

Scoring summary

First quarter

AH: Samuel Jensen 38 pass from Grant Johnson (Mitchell Johnson run good)

AH: Grant Johnson 3 run (conversion failed)

C: Reed Harter 21 run (Kelly O'Bryan run good)

Second quarter

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AH: Jensen 39 pass from Grant Johnson (conversion failed)

C: Nate Krumpus 3 pass from Harter (conversion failed)

Third quarter

C: Harter 1 run (O'Bryan pass from Harter)

Fourth quarter

C: Harter 7 run (Harter run good)

AH: Jensen 20 pass from Grant Johnson (Logan McConnell pass from Grant Johnson good)

C: Will Cahoy 2 run (Harter run good)

AH: Trevor Stene 7 pass from Grant Johnson (Grant Johnson pass to Jensen good)

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