Following its first perfect regular season in program history, the Harvest Preparatory School football team is preparing for what will be its fifth consecutive postseason appearance.
The Warriors’ opponent in the first round of the Division VII, Region 27 playoffs has a vastly different background.
Located about two hours away, seventh-seeded Franklin Furnace Green will travel to play second-seeded Harvest Prep on Saturday, Nov. 3, in what will be its first playoff appearance since 1990, with its only other trip coming in 1989.
Last season, the Bobcats decided to cancel their Week 10 game against Oak Hill because they were down to just 13 players and finished 1-8.
Green lost to Oak Hill 44-12 on Oct. 26 but is 8-2 and did enough to earn a playoff spot.
“It’s their first time in the playoffs in about 30 years, so they’re going to be obviously really excited,” coach Milan Smith said. “They’ve got some athletes and like to spread you out. They seem to have a really talented quarterback and some talented wide receivers.
“This is the part of the season that I like because everybody’s good. We’ve got our hands full.”
In a 16-7 win over McDermott Northwest on Oct. 19 that helped the Bobcats make the playoffs, quarterback Trevor Darnell passed for 150 yards and a touchdown, Alec Smith rushed for 40 yards and one score and Mackie Kingery had 26 yards rushing, 37 yards receiving and a touchdown reception. Lonnie Smith added 51 yards rushing and 70 yards receiving.
Lonnie Smith also plays linebacker and is among Green’s defensive leaders.
Harvest Prep closed the regular season Oct. 27 with a 46-0 victory over Fairfield Christian in MSL-Cardinal Division play. The Warriors finished 6-0 in the league and extended their league winning streak to 32 games.
Daquan Owens-Johnson and Jalen Davis both ran for two touchdowns, and Davis also threw for one touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Davis is the team’s leading receiver but has seen time at quarterback the last two games.
Through nine games, Owens-Johnson had rushed for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead a rushing attack that averages more than 300 yards per game.
“As competitive as our league was this year, it means a lot (to finish the regular season at 10-0),” coach Smith said. “There have been times where our league hasn’t been as strong, but there’s three teams in the playoffs and a fourth on the cusp of the playoffs until Week 10. Our league has really grown, and to go 10-0 in our league says a lot about what our coaches in the league have done. It’s very rewarding and I’m super proud of our kids.”