By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Fairview's Mike Jordan, #25, has been the favorite receiver of sophomore quarterback Hunter Zimmerman in previous games this season. Zimmerman threw 164 yards in the game last night against Harpeth Hills. Kevin Harvey/File
Dreshad Moore raced for 132 yards, scoring three times, Hunter Zimmerman threw for 164 more and Nic Harvey had 107 yards in the air and three total touchdowns as Fairview (10-1) outlasted Harpeth (6-5) 52-28 in a slugfest of a first round game of the Class 3A playoffs.
The two teams looked like prize fighters in the first twelve minutes, swapping scores like hard rights and neither one falling even to a knee.
Fairview opened the scoring on their first play as Moore raced 61 yards only to see Jason Fennell race 68-yards two minutes later to tie the game. It took Zimmerman less than two minutes to find Mike Jordan free for a 26-yard score to give the Yellow Jackets a 14-7 lead less than halfway through the first quarter.
An eight play drive that ended with a one-yard Harvey plunge took less than three minutes, keyed by Harvey’s diving catch that covered 48 yards, but Harpeth answered immediately. Daulton Rose threw a 68-yard halfback pass to TC Newton as the first stanza ended with Fairview on top 21-14.
Fairview added ten points in the second quarter to take a 31-14 lead into halftime.
Moore got his third score of the night by taking the second half kickoff 79 yards and Harvey added two more scores before the night ended.
“Nic Harvey is probably the best secret in the state,” said Fairview coach Chris Hughes. “If he hadn’t been hurt the last couple of years, he’d be on everybody’s radar. He’s one of those guys I could put him at running back and give him 20 carries, I could put him at wide receiver and throw it to him 15 times…wherever we need him week to week.”
Even with the big win, Hughes not happy with either the teams’ total performance or his own.
“This is probably the worse came I’ve called. I got impatient. I’ve got to lay back and take our three yards. We’ll get better.
“I thought we played lethargic and just didn’t give the right kind of effort. Once we found out we were in fight, we picked up some energy. Give credit to Harpeth. They played hard and hit hard. They made us better tonight.”
The Yellow Jackets will host Westmoreland (9-2) next week in Round Two, a task that will take a healthy Fairview team. To reach that goal, Hughes is looking for good news on Garrett Wall, who has been nursing a nagging injury, tackle Chris Cooper, who was injured in practice this week, and Ben Buttrey, a sophomore linebacker who left last night’s game favoring an ankle.
While Hughes was quick to acknowledge what he called a, “lull,” in team performance, he was quicker in addressing the effects of a lull next week.
“We can’t have another lull,” he said, “or else we’ll be at home for good.”
Posted on: 11/9/2013