Last Friday was a great night for high school football in Kingston Springs. The weather was perfect, the crowd was pumped, and the two county, as well as district, rivals played an outstanding game. The Indians prevailed 26-6 behind a stout defense and a well-balanced offense. Harpeth struck first on a pass from senior Jason Fennell to sophomore TC Newton, but the extra point was wide and the first quarter ended 6-0. The score culminated an eight-minute drive on the initial possession.
Cheatham’s Desmond Sweat scored in the second stanza to knot the score, and the extra point try was stopped by the Indians to account for the halftime score of 6-6. Harpeth missed out on an excellent scoring opportunity at the end of the half, driving inside the five-yard line, but came up empty due to a penalty and a turnover.
The second half was all Harpeth for the second week in a row. The Indians scored in the third quarter on a pass from junior Jett Brinkley to senior John Hunt, and senior Matthew Groves converted the extra point to 13-6 advantage for the home team. That margin was doubled in the fourth quarter as Harpeth took command, scoring on a run by Fennell and another touchdown pass from Brinkley to Newton. Groves connected on another extra point for the 26-6 final score.
Senior Daulton Rose was the Player of the Week for Harpeth for his 115 yards rushing, 57 yards receiving, and outstanding play on defense. Cole Beshears and Bradley Baker each contributed an interception for defensive coordinator Michael Harris whose squad held the Cubs to 181 yards of total offense. There was also a huge fourth down stop inside the Harpeth 10-yard line to stop a Cheatham threat. Cameron Eanes, James Meeks, Stetson Hays, Trent Burton, Austin Oglesby and Trent Norden all played well in the solid defensive effort.
Offensively, Fennell picked up 114 yards rushing for OC Brent Weatherly and Brinkley completed 8 of 11 passes for two scores. Newton had four catches, as did Rose. The offensive line played their best game of the season so far, led by Hays, Alton Richards, Jacob Scholl, Ryan Colgan and Taylor Hinton.
Coach Doug Loope was really pleased with the performance. “We wanted this game for so many reasons, so there is a lot of satisfaction from playing well.” “We were able to avenge a loss from last year, beat a county rival and win our first District 9AA game all in one night.” This week the Indians take their win streak on the road and play East Robertson in Cross Plains. Kickoff is 7:30