HARRISON -- The Harrison Goblins did whatever they wanted on offense Friday night in their home opener.
The Goblins scored touchdowns on each of their first seven possessions and rolled to a 48-12 victory over Siloam Springs at F.S. Garrison Stadium.
Harrison (2-0) had 458 yards of offense in the first half and finished with 540 yards, 332 of which came on the ground.
"We really executed well," Harrison Coach Joel Wells said. "We started slow last week. We really had a point of emphasis to start quick this week. I just give the kids all the credit. They were ready to play tonight."
Goblins sophomore fullback Brooks Both set the tone early by taking a misdirection handoff 51 yards untouched for the Goblins' first score with 7:54 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers (0-2) looked like they had answered with a touchdown on their next drive, but the play was called back by a penalty and Siloam Springs wound up missing a field goal.
Harrison made it 14-0 on its next possession, driving 80 yards in eight plays -- all rushes. Gabe Huskey carried the final 62 yards on 5 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:33 left in the first.
Harrison poured it on in the second quarter with four more scores. Hunter Holtby ran for 18 yards to begin Harrison's third possession and capped an 83-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0.
Huskey scored again with 2:37 left on a 2-yard run to make it 28-0.
Siloam Springs got on the board with a 12-yard run by Kaiden Thrailkill to get within 28-6 with 1:59 left in the half.
But Harrison scored again with 45.6 seconds left when Mason Martin ran around the left side for a 47-yard touchdown and 35-6 lead.
The Goblins recovered a Siloam Springs fumble on the kickoff and scored again with 3.2 seconds left when Cameron Jones hauled in a 21-yard pass from Noah Ditmanson for a 41-6 lead.
The second half would be played with a running clock.
"They beat us every way you can be beat," Siloam Springs Coach Bryan Ross said. "They outplayed us, outcoached us. My hat's off to them. They've got a good team. Their coaching staff did a great job.
"Obviously, I didn't do a good job. I thought our kids were going to be ready to play, and they weren't, so that falls on me. We've just got to regroup and get ready to go after Van Buren."
The Goblins got the ball to start the second half and scored again on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ditmanson to Daniel McCormick to make it 48-6.
Siloam Springs scored the game's final touchdown when sophomore Taylor Pool threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Gage Weaver in the fourth quarter.
Huskey did all of his work on the ground in the first half with 126 yards on 14 carries, while Martin had four carries for 64 yards.
Ditmanson finished 10-of-16 passing for 208 yards and 2 scores. McCormick led all Goblins receivers with five catches for 102 yards.
The Goblins' defense held the Panthers to 171 yards of offense.
Sports on 09/09/2017
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