Kenyan Harper led another outstanding effort for Trousdale County on Friday night.
Harper ran 13 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns, adding a fourth on a spectacular punt return as the Yellow Jackets ran their record to 4-0 with a 35-0 win over Friendship Christian.
Even more outstanding was Trousdale’s defense. The Yellow Jackets held Friendship to 84 yards of offense, intercepting three passes.
Harper gave Trousdale all the points it needed. Five minutes into the game, he took a Commanders’ punt at his own 28-yard line and raced all the way for the touchdown.
The game stayed 7-0 for much of the first half until Harper scored again on a 34-yard touchdown run with less than four minutes left before halftime.
Friendship (2-1), playing without quarterback A.J. Long for the second straight game, struggled to find any offense. Steven Hollis ran 15 times for 42 yards, and that made up roughly half the Commanders’ offense.
Long is expected to return for next week’s game against Knoxville Webb.
Trousdale’s Marquel Claiborne started the second half with a 31-yard touchdown run to push the score to 20-0. Harper added touchdown runs on 14 and 6 yards to round out the scoring.
Seth Holder led the Yellow Jackets’ defense with six tackes, including one for loss. Zach Blackwell had five tackles, including two for loss. Blackwell, Josh Jackson and Claiborne all had interceptions.
Michael Hawks and Gage Bentley had 11 and 10 tackles, respectively, for Friendship.
It was the 27th meeting between the schools, but the first in a while as non-district opponents. Trousdale leads the series, 21-6.
Trousdale County 35,
Friendship Christian 0
Friendship Christian 0 0 0 0--0
Trousdale County 7 6 22 0--35
TC—Kenyan Harper 72 punt return (Christian Lauderdale), 6:53
TC—Harper 34 run (run failed), 3:38
TC—Marquel Claiborne 31 run (Lauderdale kick), 9:52
TC—Harper 14 run (Dillon Burnley run), 5:44
TC—Harper 6 run (Lauderdale kick), 1:12
First downs 4 16
Rushes-Yards 27-55 45-294
Passing Yards 29 31
Passes 1-8-3 2-5-0
Punts 4-31 2-23
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties 5-37 6-40
Rushing: Friendship, Steven Hollis 15-42, Austin Taylor 8-13, Cody Walker 1-4, Price 2-(-2). Trousdale, Harper 13-120, Burnley 13-87, Claiborne 10-19, Zach Blackwell 3-57, Dallas 1-5, Seay 1-7, Lannom 1-1, Harrison 2-(-2), Gammons 1-4.
Passing: Friendship, Price Cochran 1-9-3-29. Trousdale, Claiborne 2-5-0-31, Harrison 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: Friendship, Michael Hawks 1-29. Trousdale, Jackson 2-31.
Seth Holder 6 tackles, 1 tfl.
Blackwell 5 tackles, 2 tfl, int
Jackson int, Claiboirne