The Harpeth football team put up a good fight against Camden in Friday’s Region 6-3A opener.

The Indians even managed to move the ball against a stout Lion defense. However, Harpeth was unable to cash in on red zone opportunities and dropped a 42-14 loss to Camden. 

“We got a whipping,” Harpeth coach Doug Loope said. “Basically, they got a football team, and we went to the wood shed tonight.”

On the opening drive, Camden scored a touchdown to take a 6-0 lead. Harpeth RB Luke Gossett then fumbled on his own 35-yard line, giving the Lions prime field position. 

Darius Jones took full advantage and scored a touchdown to give Camden a 12-0 advantage. Five minutes later, Jones added his second score of the night and the Lions converted the 2-point attempt to make it 20-0. 

“I think we came out, and we didn't hit them in the mouth early enough,” Gossett said. “They came out and started off hotter more aggressive than we were.”

In the second quarter, Harpeth used junior QB Thomas Sloan as a runner to try to open up the offense. With a mix of passing and running plays, the Indians confused the Camden defense and drove down the field. 

But Harpeth’s promising drive ended a the 14-yard line with a turnover on downs. Jones then added his third score of the night on a 82-yard TD run to give Camden a 28-0 lead. 

Harpeth quickly answered with a 23-yard TD pass from Sloan to Davion Primm. But Camden scored with eight seconds left in the half to increase their lead to 34-6 at the break.

The second half brought another big play from Jones, who intercepting Sloan to give Camden the ball at the 50-yard line. Kade Lopez later scored on a run to make it 42-6 Camden. 

Even with the scoring deficit, Harpeth continued to show heart. Gossett returned the ensuing kickoff to the Camden 16 to ignite the home crowd. But the Indians continued to have problems in the red zone. Camden stood strong and forced a turnover on downs to keep Harpeth off the board. 

Gossett took the reins behind center in the fourth quarter. He hit Kolby Meadows for a 9-yard TD pass and converted the 2-point try to cut Camden’s lead to 42-14. But that was all Harpeth could manage. 

“We got into too much of a hole to come back,” Gossett said. “We fought hard until the end, but it wasn't enough to come back and make a run. "

Harpeth fell to 1-2 with the loss. The Indians host Creek Wood Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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