It was a great night for football and Homecoming festivities last Friday and the large crowd of Harpeth fans was treated to an exciting overtime contest with East Robertson. The home team exploded out of the blocks with a 50-yard kickoff return by junior Jason Fennell which set up a 41-yard scoring jaunt by Bryce Baker on the very next play. After the extra point by Jake Brooks, Harpeth led 7-0 only 25 seconds into the game.
In the second stanza, the visitors tied the game on a short run and bottled up Harpeth with an exceptional punting game which included a 70-yarder and another that traveled over 50 yards. The first half ended in a 7-7 tie, despite a late drive by Harpeth which was stopped inside the visitor’s five-yard line.
The third quarter saw East Robertson take the lead and featured a scoring run by Fennell that tied the score again at 14. Early in the fourth, the home team drove the length of the field to score on a one-yard plunge by Baker. Brooks missed the point after, so Harpeth led 20-14 with less than two minutes remaining. The visitors were not done, however. Following a substantial kickoff return, East Robertson struck with a 37-yard scoring pass but missed the PAT due to a pair of procedure penalties.
Knotted at 20 points each, the teams headed into overtime, during which each team gets a possession starting on the 10. Harpeth scored first with Fennell sweeping three yards to the end zone, and the extra point made it 27-20 before East Robertson ran it in on their possession and then ran a successful two-point conversion for the win.
“It was really disappointing.“ commented Harpeth Coach Doug Loope. “We outgained them nearly two to one, but squandered some opportunities and turned the ball over.” “Baker was once again a warrior with over 200 yards, and Fennell is continuing to step up his game.” “Player of the week Brent Burger gave us some great energy on defense, where Daulton Rose played very well filling in for us at defensive end.”
Burger led the team with 13 tackles, including two for loss; Jacob Dillon had six stops; Rose finished with five and two for loss, while Baker and Alex Jenkins racked up five as well. Jaron Marlow and Davis Anderton picked up four tackles; Stetson Hays had three and Fennell, along with Connor Adams made two stops. Alton Richards, Adam LaCour, TC Newton, John Vukelich, Joey Kendrick, Austin Collier and Bradley Baker had one tackle each.
Offensively, Bryce Baker finished with 229 yards on the ground while Fennell had 51 and six yards receiving. Dillon picked up 14 rushing yards; Brooks had three along with a seven-yard catch.
This week Harpeth travels to Montgomery Central for a district game at 7:30.