DUNLAP, Tenn. -- The Sequatchie County Indians knelt after the game and listened to speeches they didn't want to hear.
The coaches talked about pride, giving it your all and the tradition of Sequatchie County after a 28-14 loss to Harpeth in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night.
Tradition, history and effort couldn't overcome two fumbles, an interception, losing the ball on fourth down and having star running back Jerry Fain limited to just 38 yards.
"We'd turned it over seven times all year, and we did that four times tonight," Sequatchie coach Chad Barger said. "We couldn't get off the field on defense, and we couldn't get anything going on offense.
"It's probably our worst game."
Harpeth running back Bryce Baker led the visiting Indians with 131 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. His teammates chipped in another 125 rushing yards.
Sequatchie County (7-4) rushed for 143 yards on 42 carries for an average of 3.4 yards per attempt.
"We're very similar teams and we even have the same helmet logo," Harpeth coach Doug Loope said. "We were successful and contained their running backs. We saw that their success was on the edge and we got out there.
"Out guys dug deeper."
Harpeth (8-3) built a 14-0 lead on the strength on a 61-yard drive capped by Travis Tice and a 58-yard touchdown run by Baker.
Sequatchie responded with a 51-yard pass from Eli Stout, who found Rodney Smith open beyond the safeties.
Harpeth kept running the ball and Jason Fennell scored from 22 yards out on a toss left. Stout scored himself, on fourth-and-goal from the 4, on a sprint to the left side.
Sequatchie's Juan Martinez missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt from the right harsh mark on the last play of the half -- a miss that Barger argued on his way off the field -- to keep Harpeth ahead 21-14 at halftime.
Harpeth went ahead 28-14 on a touchdown pass from Andrew McWright to Josh Dillon with 10:40 to play. About three minutes later, Dillon intercepted Stout, increasing the difficulty of a possible Sequatchie comeback.
"We struggled; we had a hard time," Barger said. "They whipped us up front on both lines.
"We have to address some things and come back strong next year."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...