The Harpeth passing attack was on target Friday night as player of the week Jett Brinkley (Left) connected on 16 of 25 pass attempts for three scores. The sophomore quarterback threw two touchdown passes to senior Jaron Marlow and one touchdown pass on a long fly pattern to senior Courtney Carter to account for the Indians scoring. Unfortunately, it was not enough as Nashville Christian claimed a 32- 18 victory.
The Eagles were able to make big plays on special teams throughout the contest which proved to be the difference. Harpeth actually outgained NCS offensively and gave up the fewest yards of any game this season, but gave up the onside kick, a punt return for a score, and a long kickoff return. The Indians were playing without two key members of the offensive and defensive lines and two senior captains due to injury, so they struggled as a result.
Brinkley was a bright spot, throwing for over 200 yards, and Bryce Baker had another good game defensively with an interception while leading the team in tackles. Jason Fennell had a brilliant scoring run called back due to a penalty, and Coach Loope called the effort “inconsistent.” “We played without some key performers and it showed in the run game.” “Hopefully we can get three or four of those guys back this week and put a better product on the field.”
This Friday Harpeth travels to Dover to play a District 11 AA game against Stewart County at 7:30. The Rebels are 1-3 while the Indians are 1-2.