he Harding varsity football team took to the field one last time this past Tuesday in a matchup against Donelson Christian Academy (DCA). What was supposed to be an away game, turned into a last minute change to a home game and one final opportunity to play at Sohr Family Track and Field. After trailing at halftime 8-6, the Generals came out with purpose in the second half and ended up pulling away for an 18-8 victory.
The Generals were led by the running of 8th grade quarterback Chase Franck and the throwing of 7th grade quarterback Walker Derryberry. Franck scored Harding's first and only touchdown of the opening half on a quarterback keeper. Derryberry connected with Khalil Anderson (USN'23) on a beautifully thrown fade route in the 4th quarter to put the game out of reach. Franck also scored the other Generals touchdown in the second half on a quarterback sweep. Leading the way up front on both sides of the ball were 8th graders Nathaniel Nelson, Mark Ryan Henderson, Huston Thrasher and Walker Lindsey.Connor Corby stepped into a role at tight end to fill a need for an injured player. 8th graders Max Lisnyanski and Noah Kim (USN'23) also had to shift positions to help the Generals put their best 11 on the field from a matchup standpoint.
It was a challenging season with only 14 players suited up for most games, but the Harding boys never let that hold them back nor was it used as an excuse. Coach Lucas and the football staff were extremely proud of their effort and enthusiasm throughout the season despite being small in numbers. A victory over an opponent that suited out 28 players was a fitting way to end the year for this group. Go Generals!
The Harding Generals varsity football team took on a formidable opponent in Central Catholic on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the annual Spirit Game. The parochial league in recent years has had fewer and fewer teams culminating in only one team this year fed by multiple parochial league schools. The Generals were unable to match the firepower and numbers of Central Catholic, falling 33-0.
Harding hung tough through the first quarter of play, trailing only 7-0. The defense forced a fumble on the first offensive series from Central Catholic, which was recovered by Chase Franck HA'19. The offense, though, was unable to capitalize and couldn't get much going against the aggressive Panther defense. The offensive line of Walker Lindsey HA'19, Mark Ryan Henderson HA'19, Dax Woodard, Drew Cook and Huston Thrasher HA'19 performed valiantly under the circumstances. Two of the five were playing out of position and the Generals had no subs to put in their place the entire game so their perseverance through a great deal of adversity was commendable. Coach Lucas was extremely proud of their effort on a very hot day, playing on both sides of the ball with virtually no breaks against an opponent that went 3 or 4 players deep at each position.
The Generals are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 25 when they play their final game of the year at Donelson Christian Academy at 5:00pm. Go Generals!!
The Harding Generals traveled to Mount Juliet for their second game of the year against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy on Thursday, Sept. 6. It was a three week break between game 1 and game 2, which allowed Harding's 15 players to rest, heal and prepare. The time off proved to be a huge positive as the Generals came out on top, 34-18.
Chase Franck (HA '19) had a huge night rushing the ball from the quarterback position. Franck had 3 touchdown runs and tallied over 200 yds rushing. Walker Derryberry (HA '20) also scored twice, once on a touchdown run from his tailback position and again on an interception return. Conor Corby (HA '19) intercepted a pass and the Generals defense had several fumble recoveries to win the turnover battle. Derryberry was 4 of 5 on PAT's for Harding.
The varsity team is back in action next week with the annual Spirit Game against Central Catholic at Sohr Family Track and Field at 4:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 13. Go Generals!!
The Harding Academy Generals varsity football team hosted Battle Ground Academy on Thursday, August 16 in the opener for both teams. The Generals hung tough with the Wildcats for a good portion of the first half, but ultimately fell by a final score of 30-15. Walker Derryberry (HA '20) connected with Khalil Anderson (USN '23)) on a long halfback pass near the end of the first quarter that took the Generals inside the Wildcat 5 yard line. Chase Franck (HA '19) then connected with Derryberry for the Generals first score to begin the second quarter. Derryberry added the extra point to pull Harding within one, 8-7. On the ensuing two drives, BGA scored twice to put the halftime deficit for Harding at 22-7.
The Generals answered the challenge to continue to fight in the second half. Franck connected with Anderson on a fade route that fell just short of the goaline in the fourth quarter. From the one, Franck snuck the ball in from his quarterback position and then connected with Conor Corby (HA '19) for the two point conversion to set the final score at 30-15.
Harding returns to action on Thursday, September 6th (rescheduled) in an away contest with Mt. Juliet Christian.