|Peabody’s Harper as good as billed |
|Kendal Harper ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns and threw for a fifth score to lead Trenton to a 54-27 victory over Lake County in the Week 0 season opener for both teams Friday night in Tiptonville. |
Harper, who had more than 1,000 yards both running and passing as a junior last year, hit paydirt on runs of 50, 14, 43 and 65 yards and hooked up with Micajah Barnes for a 43-yard TD to lead Peabody to 523 total yards in all.
Darius Norris rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown and Tamias Johnson scampered for 94 yards and two scores to contribute to the Tide victory.
Seth Hinson threw for 330 yards and two TDs and ran for a third touchdown for Lake County, which saw the debut of first-year head coach Al Pellegrino spoiled.
In other Week 0 games of area interest from Friday:
Dresden 35, Greenfield 20
In a matchup of first-year rookie head coaches, Eric Knott and the Lions got the best of Jason Rodehaver’s Yellowjackets.
Clay Adams ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Austin Evans dashed 80 yards on a busted play to break a 14-all tie in the third period and help Dresden to the triumph. Evans, though, was reportedly lost for the season when he was injured later in the contest.
Fullback Chase McMullen hit paydirt twice for Greenfield and Daniel Ricketts made a stellar catch of a Colin Medling pass for a TD just before the intermission to forge a halftime deadlock.
Gleason 28, Stewart Co. 26
Zack Wallace ran for 119 yards and a TD and the Bulldogs held off a late SC rally to win.
Stewart County QB Matt Earhart scored with just 1:12 left in the contest, but Gleason hung on when the ensuing game-tying two-point conversion was unsuccessful.
Gleason fullback Alex Verdell ran for 89 yards and two scores.
Gibson Co. 17, Halls 7
Antone Cunningham had touchdown runs of 77 and 25 yards and ended up with 184 yards on 30 carries to lead the Pioneers to a successful first night.
The Pioneer defense held Halls to just 81 total yards.
Giles Co. 18, Humboldt 10 (OT)
Quarterback Bo Wallace scored on a four-yard run in overtime to send H’boldt to a tough loss.
Wallace, who completed 15-of-24 passes for 231 yards, positioned his team for a 27-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation to force the extra session.
The Vikings got their only touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Darren Dunbar to Elijah Epperson.
Ripley 15, Liberty 12
The Tigers scored two fourth-quarter TDs to stun Liberty and deny Steve Hookfin a win in his first game as Crusader coach.
Quarterback Apollo Muex ran 35 yards for the game-deciding score with 3:40 left on a 4th-and-7 play to cap the Ripley comeback.
Haywood 38, JCM 18
Bradley Witherspoon and Luther Ward both topped the 100-yard rushing plateau and the Tomcats impressed in their ’07 debut.
DeQuan Hawkins threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.