Harlem defeats Laney in overtime, will go to playoffs

HARLEM — In one of the wildest contests in 60 years of Harlem football, the Bulldogs pulled out a win for the ages in overtime.

 

A.J. Brown scored on a 1-yard run and kicker Jeremy Glidewell delivered the game-winning extra point in a 27-26 win over Laney.

With the victory, Harlem (6-3, 4-2) qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 2001 - also the last time the Bulldogs defeated the Wildcats.

Brown led the Bulldogs with 219 rushing yards on 30 carries. He added three touchdowns and came up big when Harlem needed him most.

Laney (2-7, 2-4) entered the contest needing to win its final two games to make the state playoffs. The Wildcats got off to a slow start, but they rallied in the second half.

Harlem got on the board first late in the first quarter when Brown took a handoff around the right corner for a 27-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs proceeded to turn the ball over on their next two possessions. Still, the defense held.

Midway through the second quarter, Garnett rushed up the middle, cut right and blew past everyone on a 41-yard touchdown run.

Laney stormed back with 20 unanswered points. Mario Sumpter threw two touchdown passes in a two-minute span in the third quarter to bring his team back. After finding Jamontae Anthony in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown, Sumpter then passed to Jordan Springer on the two-point play to knot the game at 14.

In the fourth, Laney took the lead when Maurice Paige punched it in from the 1. Harlem responded with a 63-yard scoring drive that culminated with Brown diving over the top from the 2.

HARLEM 27, LANEY 26

PLAY OF THE GAME: Jeremy Glidewell kicked the game-winning extra point in overtime.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: A.J. Brown rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns for Harlem.

WHY HARLEM WON: The Bulldogs rushed for almost 300 yards.

WHY LANEY LOST: Wildcats struggled on point-after conversions.

Next: Laney at Josey, 7:30 p.m., Friday. Harlem at Westside, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

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HARLEM 27, LANEY 26

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Harlem;7;7;0;6;7–;27

First Quarter

H-A.J. Brown 27 run (Glidewell kick), 2:29

Second Quarter

H-Cameron Garnett 41 run (Glidewell kick), 6:49

Third Quarter

L-Donald Henley 23 pass from Mario Sumpter (kick failed), 6:20

L-Jamontae Anthony 29 pass from Sumpter (Jordan Springer from Sumpter), 4:20

Fourth Quarter

L-Maurice Paige 1 run (pass failed), 6:32

H-Brown 2 run (kick failed), 1:30

Overtime

L-Sumpter 1 run (pass failed)

H-Brown 1 run (Jeremy Glidewell kick)

 

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