Harpeth was way too generous last Friday night while hosting Westmoreland on Senior Night 2013, dropping a 29-14 decision. The Indians served up a quick pick six on their first possession to set the tone for an entertaining, but disappointing District 9 AA contest. After giving up another score in the second period on a fake punt, Harpeth was 15 seconds from reaching halftime down by only 13. Unfortunately, the visitors struck with a 51-yard touchdown on a screen pass to go up 21 at the half.
The third quarter saw Harpeth battle back, scoring on a Daulton Rose run from 12 yards out and an extra point by Matthew Groves, but the ensuing kickoff was returned for a touchdown and the chance for a comeback was extinguished. The Indians never surrendered, and Jett Brinkley connected with Player of the Week TC Newton on a 17-yard touchdown toss. The extra point by freshman Nick Evatt accounted for the final score of the evening.
The defenses for both teams played well; Westmoreland had only 214 total yards, 94 of which came on two plays. Newton caused a fumble, the only turnover for the Eagles, on one of his 13 total tackles, three of which were for loss. Cam Eanes recovered the fumble for Harpeth and contributed six stops, one for loss, as did team captain Rose. Trent Norden and Austin Teasley had four tackles each, while Alex Jenkins and Stetson Hays finished with three stops. Senior Jesse Wilder returned to the lineup after missing a game due to dental surgery and had two tackles, along with classmates John Hunt and Jason Fennell, Cole Beshears and Bradley Baker. Ending up with one stop were Connor Adams, Jake Brooks, Will Gossett and Connor Barber.
Offensively, Rose led with 67 yards on 11 attempts, and Fennell had 14 on seven carries, taking his season total to 1013 yards rushing. Evatt picked up four yards on his lone attempt. Brinkley finished with seven completions of 18 passes, 77 yards and one touchdown. Fennell had 38 yards on two catches; Newton had 18 yards and a score on three receptions; Hunt had a big 17-yard catch for a first down, and Evatt had one reception for four yards.
“Hats off to Westmoreland” commented Harpeth Coach Doug Loope, “they have a good team and they converted four big plays.” “We had a couple of chances and were unable take advantage.” “We’re going to shore up the special teams, keep our heads up, and go get some momentum for the playoffs.” There is a good possibility that these two teams could be matched up again in the first round at Westmoreland.
Seniors Daulton Rose, Matthew Groves, Jake Brooks, John Hunt, Jason Fennell, Jesse Wilder, Justin Smith, Wyatt Hardin, Austin Oglesby, Tyler Nollner, Tron Richards and Tate Dixon were honored in a pregame ceremony, along with senior managers Annie Knoble and Carson Marlin. The contributions of these young people have been many and are very much appreciated by the Harpeth football program. While they will be missed, they will always be part of the football family.
The Indians close out the regular season on the road at White House Heritage this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 on the Patriots Senior Night.