CROSS PLAINS – After a big region win over Westmoreland last week, the East Robertson Indians hosted their final home game of the regular season in a nonregion matchup against Harpeth Friday.
Despite constant rain throughout the game, East Robertson overcame the wet conditions to come out with a 30-6 win.
“Any time conditions are like that, you never know what could happen,” East Robertson coach Atlee Pond said. “Once we found out it was going to rain, we had the mentality that we were going to embrace it and enjoy it. They showed me they were ready to play tonight.”
East Robertson fumbled the opening kickoff, but the defense held after a Harpeth field goal attempt sailed wide left.
The Indians quickly took advantage and marched down the field in three plays. Running back Jaden Crouch followed up a 23-yard run with a 32-yard touchdown to give East Robertson an early lead.
East Robertson made it a two-score game midway through the second quarter after Drake Alsup connected with Taylor Groves for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
“The weather didn’t affect the game plan any, so we were still able to throw a lot,” Pond said. “I knew that it could be an issue, but we have a senior quarterback and good receivers and a good offensive line.”
After an interception from Shaun Groves on Harpeth’s following possession, the Indians drove down to the 1-yard line, but a fumble by Mason Lackey gave the ball back to Harpeth.
However, East Robertson responded on defense with a safety on Harpeth quarterback Jaden Petty.
After getting the ball back, East Robertson added another quick score before the half. A 41-yard pass from Alsup to Taylor Groves set up a 15-yard touchdown from Alsup to Dylan Stroud.
East Robertson’s defense came up with its second turnover of the night on the opening drive of the second half. An interception from Corey Lewallen led to Alsup’s third touchdown pass of the night, this time to Taylor Groves for 20 yards.
The win marks the final home game for 13 seniors, a group that Pond says has played a pivotal role in the development of the program.
“That’s a great group of kids,” he said. “They’ve been a big part of why our program is the way that it is. They show up to work and have done a good job of leading this football team.
“When coach (Chad) Broadrick resigned (in January), I had to make a decision of whether I wanted to stay or leave. A lot of that had to do with the group of kids that are here now. It’s just great developing that relationship with them. They make my job fun.”
East Robertson improved to 5-4 overall and will finish its regular season next week at Watertown in an important region contest. A win over the Purple Tigers could a three-way tie for first place in the Region 4-2A standings.
“We’ve got a lot to play for,” Pond said. “This is probably one of the biggest games this school has seen in a long time. “I think they’re up to the challenge. One of the things we’ve tried to instill in them is to just get better every week. But Watertown’s a great football team, and we’re going to have to play great in order to beat them.”