Fairviews Hunters await the Harpeth Indians
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Fairview's Mike Jordan, #25, has been the favorite receiver of sophomore quarterback Hunter Zimmerman, but not the only one. And the pair are not the only parts of the Yellow Jacket arsenal, which will be on display tomorrow night when Fairview hosts Harpeth in the opening round of the TSSAA playoffs. Kevin Harvey
When the Harpeth Indians invade Fairview tomorrow night for a first round playoff game against the Yellow Jackets, there will be plenty of “Hunters” to defend the home turf.
Quarterback Hunter Zimmerman, leading tackler Hunter Shiver and all-purpose players Hunter Myatt and Hunter Caldwell will be on the front lines for the 7 p.m. game. Manager Hunter Hammond will be right there with them.
“We’ve got a ton of them,” said head coach Chris Hughes.
Young Zimmerman has played like an upperclassman so far this season. “He’s a sophomore who thinks he’s a senior,” says Hughes.
Zimmerman has hit 80 of 136 passes for nearly 1,500 yards and a 19-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Shiver has been a beast on defense, recording 82 tackles, while Myatt is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and Caldwell 6.0 yards per carry on offense with a sack on defense.
Should Harpeth focus there, the Jackets have a larger arsenal to unleash, one of the reasons they are averaging better than 42 points per game.
Garrett Wall (761 yards, 16 TD’s, 7.5 avg) and Dreshad Moore (603 yards, 9 TD’s, 8.3 avg) keep defenses honest with a strong ground game augmented by Myatt (7.7 avg, 5 TD’s) and Nic Harvey.
Harvey is also Zimmerman’s favorite target in the air, catching 34 passes for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mike Jordan (20 catches, 239 yards, 5 TD’s) has also been a steady receiver.
Defensively, potential Mr. Football nominee, Wall has 92 tackles and has a reputation as being one of the hardest hitters in the state in any classification. Moore also pulls double-duty, with 45 tackles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery. He is also a return threat almost every time he gets a kick.
As with most 2 vs. 7 seeds, the contest might look like a mismatch on paper.
“Every time we play them, it’s a battle,” said Hughes. “They are five minutes away from us, those kids are tough, gritty and they don’t like Fairview very much. They’re not going to come over here and roll over. We know we’re in for a fight.”
Harpeth started fast out of the gate, securing five straight wins before running in a murders row schedule. Harpeth lost four of their last five games, three to playoff bound teams (Greenbrier, White House and Westmoreland) to finish 6-4.
Harpeth finished fourth in District 9-AA behind White House, Westmoreland and Greenbrier with a 2-4 district record. Their overall record was aided by a forfeit from Nashville Christian following an opening game loss to the Eagles.
The Indians will depend on the rushing game, where Josh Fennel has 1,057 yards and Daulton Rose 664. The pair of backs account for 80 percent of the rushing plays on a team that runs 73 percent of the time.
“There is no bracket on our board,” said Hughes. “Harpeth tomorrow night is the only game on our board. We’re going to take one game at a time and hope we play our best game.”
Posted on: 11/7/2013