Harpeth’s young sophomore quarterback Hayden Penrod is starting to find his groove as the signal caller of the offense and Friday night’s 20-8 victory over in-county rival Sycamore allowed him to showcase his arm yet again.
Harpeth (2-2) on the season after wins over both Sycamore and Cheatham County Central, got on the board early in the second quarter as Penrod threw a 20-yard strike to Cam Summers for the first of three Harpeth touchdowns in the quarter.
“He (Penrod) is getting a little more confident and finding people to help us be two dimensional,” Harpeth coach Doug Loope said. “We’ve got a great running back but we can’t have just that.”
After the opening score, Sycamore was able to make its way down the field but a dropped pass on fourth down led to a turnover as Harpeth took over possession of the ball.
Penrod would go on to throw his second touchdown later in the quarter as he found sophomore Landen Perry from 10 yards out to give the Indians a 14-0 lead with under a minute remaining.
Perry made yet another play with his hands on the following drive as he intercepted a Sycamore pass to give the Indians another chance to score before half and that’s exactly what they did. The “great” running back Loope was referring to is Lionel Marquardt and he fought his way into the end zone to give Harpeth a 20-0 as time expired.
“Our kids played well in the first half,” Loope stated. “I told them I was really proud of our effort especially scoring there late in the half. That probably iced the football game for us.”
Marquardt did most of the damage for Harpeth on the ground picked up 78 yards on 21 carries while Penrod finished with eight completions on 14 passes for 117 yards and the two touchdowns. Summers’ three catches and 49 receiving yards let the team as well.
The third quarter and most of the fourth quarter came and went without much from either team as both defenses bowed up until late in the game when Sycamore finally found the end zone. Quarterback Brandon Pennington hit receiver Nathaniel Havens for the War Eagles first touchdown of the contest. A successful two-point conversion got the score to 20-8 but Sycamore had just 0:44 seconds remaining.
After recovering the onside kick, Harpeth would take a few knees out of the victory formation to run out the rest of the clock.
“We just didn’t play assignment football,” Sycamore coach John Harrison said. “We’ve got too many people doing what they want to do. On every snap everyone on the field has a job and some people just still aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do.”
After moving to 2-2 on the season, Harpeth will host East Robertson next week. East Robertson is 1-3 on the season after getting their first win of the year on Friday night against Cheatham County Central.
Sycamore, now 0-4 on the season, will be on the road next week as the War Eagles travel to take on White House-Heritage.
Harpeth – Penrod 20-yd touchdown pass to Summers
Harpeth – Penrod 10-yd touchdown pass to Perry
Harpeth – Marquardt 3-yd touchdown run
Sycamore – Pennington 14-yd touchdown pass to Havens