HARTSVILLE — Trousdale County clinched the District 8-A championship Friday night with a 43-31 victory over visiting Gordonsville on The Creekbank.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 9-0 going into an off week. They will close the regular season Nov. 1 at Red Boiling Springs, a team which can’t catch Trousdale in the standings while the nearest contenders, Gordonsville and Goodpasture, have losses to TCHS and thus are on the wrong end of a tiebreaker.
Noal Smitherman jumped Gordonsville to the early lead on a 4-yard run less than three minutes in.
But Kenyan Harper, who ran for 175 yards on 12 carries, got Trousdale County going with the first of his four touchdowns [three rushing] on a 27-yard run.
Christian Lauderdale broke the 7-7 tie with a 27-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter with Marquel Claiborne’s 2-yard run and Dillon Burnley’s 4-yarder keeping Trousdale ahead of Gordonsville, which received scoring runs of 3 and 26 yards from Kaelin Cason, who led the Tigers with 87 yards on 19 carries. The Jackets carried a 23-21 edge into halftime.
A 13-0 third quarter gave Trousdale some breathing room as Harper scored on a 27-yard run and a 20-yard pass from Claiborne, his only completion in three attempts.
Cason scored on a 40-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to bring Gordonsville within 36-29 before Harper’s 11-yard run sealed the deal. The Tigers scored a late safety before falling to 5-4, 2-1.
In addition to his running, Harper also co-led Trousdale’s defense as he and James Kelley each notched nine tackles.
Trousdale County 43, Gordonsville 31
Gordonsville 7 14 0 10—31
Trousdale County 10 13 13 7—43
GV—Noal Smotherman 4 run (Tyler Prevec kick), 9:06.
TC—Kenyan Harper 12 run (Christian Lauderdale kick), 6:53.
TC—Lauderdale 27 FG, :57.
TC—Marquel Claiborne 2 run (Lauderdale kick), 9:53.
GV—Kaelin Cason 3 run (Prevec kick), 8:11.
TC—Dillon Burnley 4 run (kick failed), 4:43.
GV—Cason 26 run (Prevec kick), 1:18.
TC—Harper 27 run (run failed), 10:26.
TC—Harper 20 pass from Claiborne (Lauderdale kick), 7:02.
GV—Cason 4 run (Drew Hamlet run), 11:55.
TC—Harper 11 run (Lauderdale kick), 10:23.
GV—Team safety, 2:14.
First Downs 14 16
Penalties-yards 2-28 5-50
Rushes-yards 51-126 40-324
Passing yards 116 17
Comp.-att.-int. 8-12-0 1-3-0
Punts-avg. 2-24 0-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
RUSHING — Gordonsville: Cason 19-87, Hamlet 17-54, Holder 2-5, Newton 1-1, Smotherman 10-8, Baden 1-(-9), Blackburn 1-(-12). Trousdale: Harper 12-175, Blackwell 11-68, Claiborne 7-1, Burnley 10-80.
PASSING — Gordonsville: Smotherman 8-12-0—116. Trousdale: Claiborne 1-3-0—17.
RECEIVING — Gordonsville: Cason 1-46, Newton 2-9, Ragsdale 1-15, Baden 4-46. Trousdale: Harper 1-17.
MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.
Leading tackler James Kelley 9 tackles, 1 for loss, one sack
Kenyon Harper 9 tackles.