Harding Athletic Highlights - September 16, 2022

Jason Embry
Hawks Shutout FRA Panthers
The Harding Academy Hawks traveled to Franklin Road Academy on Thursday, September 15 for a game against the Panthers. After FRA took the opening kickoff and drove down the field eating up the entire first quarter of the game, Harding was able to get a defensive stop on a 4th and 1 at the 10 yard line. Jackson Lucas '23 then hit Quinn Taylor '23 for a 90 yd. touchdown pass to completely swing the momentum. Daniel Maumus '23 caught the 2 pt. conversion attempt and Harding never looked back. 

The Hawks drove deep into Panther territory towards the end of the second quarter aided by a fade pass from Lucas to Chase Embry '23. Embry made a spectacular catch adjusting to the ball, but Harding was unable to score with time running down and headed to the half up 8-0. 

In the second half, Harding's passing game caught fire. Lucas hit Chris White '23 on a bubble screen with White doing the rest of the work taking it the distance for a touchdown. Quinn Taylor caught the 2 pt. conversion and Harding increased its lead to 16-0. The Lucas to Taylor connection struck again later in the third quarter on another long touchdown pass. The 2 pt. conversion failed this time setting the final score at 22-0 in favor of the Hawks. 

After the first offensive drive for FRA, Harding's defense locked in and never allowed the Panthers to get back into the red zone. It was a total team effort in all 3 phases of the game and the most complete game effort the Hawks have had in the 2022 season. 

Harding has a week off next week before hosting the Ensworth Tigers for its annual spirit game on Thursday, September 29 at 5:00pm at Sohr Family Track and Field. Harding will take a 3-1 record into its final game of the year. We hope for a capacity crowd so come out and support the Hawks! 

Varsity Cross-Country Travels To Vaughn's Gap in Week 4

The cross-country teams competed at Vaughn's Gap on Thursday, September 15. Hilary Fremont had a personal record in the 2-mile run. She finished in 5th place overall with a time of 13:46. Savannah Fitzgerald has worked really hard in practice and it has paid off. She finished with a personal record of 17:07. On the boy's side, Sebastian Mueller continues to impress the coaching staff. He finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 12:54. Robert Thompson set new personal record and finished in 19th place overall with a time of 14:24. Fletcher Brown is starting to find his inner strength during these distance runs. He had a new personal record with a time 16:09. Next week, the teams will travel to the USN River Campus for a 4:30 meet on Thursday, September 22. Go Runnin Hawks!

JV Tennis Takes On USN
The JV tennis team played very well in their first match of the season against USN. Doubles victories from Logan Scott/Lily Snedeker, Caroline Sheets/Riley Bertelli, Hayden Ligon/Matteo Lyn-Cook, Grant Song/Griffin Rogers, Lucy Grace Rich/Mary Dudley Sloan, and Griffin Rogers/Grant Song. Singles wins were achieved by Lily Snedeker, Spencer Rogers and Hayden Ligon.  Mac Kearns played well in his singles match. Charlotte Hefferan/Margie Clark played well and had fun in their doubles matches. Mac Kearns/Geddings Hempel were a strong duo at doubles and her just outplayed by their opponents. Kendall Speyer/Lauren Song played really well in their doubles match, having a tight tussle for a 2-3 finish. Logan Scott/Claire Ellis also fought well for a 2-3 finish. Levi Orley/Jacob Mann played well in their doubles match despite losing. It was a great learning experience for the entire team and a fun day for all!

JV Tennis Battles Currey Ingram Academy
The JV tennis team battled extremely well against Currey Ingram Academy on Tuesday. On a hot afternoon, the players played their best of the season so far. Doubles wins from Caroline Sheets/Riley Betelli, Matteo Lyn-Cook/Hayden Ligon, Griffin Rogers/Grant Song, Lucy Grace Rich/Mary Dudley Sloan, Anne McCarley/Claire Ellis, Lily Snedeker/Logan Scott, Levi Orley/Geddings Hempel/Jacob Mann.

JV Volleyball vs. CPA
The JV team had a strong last game versus CPA on Wednesday. Shout out to the game captains Rosa Spaventa & Harper Atwood. The team did a wonderful job communicating and working together. The sportsmanship from this team is unmatched! The coaches are so proud of this team's growth this season!
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