HARPETH tastes the bitterness of defeat
October 11, 2011By Lynne Richards of Harpeth High Athletics
HARPETH DROPS TO 6-1
The Indians tasted the bitterness of defeat for the first time on Friday, dropping a 14-7 contest with Sycamore. It was Senior Night for 18 members of the football program on the last regular season home game. Proud parents were introduced and honored, along with the Class of 2012, prior to the game. The crowd and players alike were adorned in pink to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Harpeth started the first quarter in fine fashion, scoring in less than two minutes on a run by senior Travis Tice. Tice also had two catches for 20 yards and three carries for 12 yards. The touchdown was set up by another fine dash by junior Bryce Baker, who finished the night with 130 yards on the ground and nine yards receiving. Senior quarterback Andrew McWright pitched in with 61 yards passing and 47 yards rushing.
Senior Kyle Odum had a big first-down catch for 16 yards, as did junior wide out Jaron Marlow. Senior placekicker Owen Canady was good on his only extra point attempt which put the Indians up 7-0. That score stood up for the entire half, thanks to a big goal line stand by the Harpeth defense. Dalton Patterson played well up front, joined by Cedric Carter and Will Weston to turn away the Sycamore offense.
The second half proved to be a different story however. The War Eagles were able to sustain several long, time-consuming drives and converted two into touchdowns which accounted for the final score. Sophomore Jason Fennell contributed a pair of exciting returns for Harpeth-one on a punt and the second on a kickoff, but the Indians were unable to score.
Coach Loope gave credit to the visitors, “They have a good football team, and they do what they do very well.” “We didn’t play to our capabilities, so we will make adjustments and get ready for a big district game this week.”
The Indians travel to Camden Friday for a 7:30 District 11 AA game with serious title implications. Harpeth and Camden are both 3-0 in district play with three district games to play.