The Bobcats ran for 248 yards in the first half, including five plays of over 25 yards.
Sophomore running back Cory Davenport got Bell off to fast start. After a holding penalty pushed the Bobcats deep in their own territory, Davenport broke loose around the end for a 54-yard gain. One play later junior fullback John Dudley Hilton rumbled 26 yards to the end zone. Hilton added the extra point and Bell was up 7-0.
Harlan County’s opening drive ended with a fumble and three plays later Ben Madon hooked up with Cody Davenport on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Hilton picked up an errant snap on the extra point try and passed to Justin Patterson for the two-point conversion to make it 15-0.
The Black Bears went three and out Bell nearly did the same. But on fourth down Madon, who was in punt formation, saw an opening and scampered 40 yards for a first down.
The big play set up Cory Davenport's 6-yard TD run and the Bobcats led 22-0 after the first quarter.
Harlan got on the board after the teams exchanged possessions to start the second quarter.. Senior quarterback T.J. Green passed to Marcus McMillan for a 32-yard touchdown. Josh Jenkins kick made it 22-7, but it was all Bell after that.
Cory Davenport scored on a 54-yard run and Madon found a wide open Keith Lowe for an 11-yard touchdown pass as the Bobcats took a 35-7 lead into the half.
Davenport, who finished with 149 yards on 15 carried, capped his night with a 25-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to push Bell’s lead to 41-14.
Green added a two-yard touchdown run with 1:35 remaining in the game to set the final score at 41-14.
For the game Bell out-rushed Harlan County 367-159.
Both teams will be in action next week for the first round of the playoffs.
Due to tie-breakers the loss knocks Harlan County (7-3) from first place in their district to third and they’ll travel to Pulaski Southwestern (7-3) next week.
Southwestern beat the Bears 35-8 in the first game of the season.
Bell County (9-1) will start what they hope is a run to repeat state 4-A championship next week as the host Greenup County (3-7)