The Hartley football team couldn’t overcome four turnovers in a 24-14 loss to visiting Clarksville Clinton-Massie on Sept. 27.
The Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by quarterback Miles Fleming, but they were plagued by the turnovers, including three interceptions thrown by Fleming.
Hartley, which also lost a fumble, dropped to 4-1, while Clinton-Massie improved to 4-1.
“You can’t do that against good football teams,” Hawks coach Brad Burchfield said, referring to the turnovers. “If you turn the ball over four times, we had three more than them, and they beat us by two scores, that’s kind of how it works.”
Hartley trailed 10-7 at halftime but went ahead 14-10 in the third quarter on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Fleming to Richard Kenny. However, the Falcons got two fourth-quarter touchdowns by running back Brendan Lamb to pull out the win.
Fleming was 3-for-8 passing for 70 yards and the Hawks utilized five ball-carriers to compile 210 yards rushing.
Lamb finished with 256 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Clinton-Massie amassed 356 total yards.
“He is probably one of the most underknown players in the state,” Falcons coach Dan McSurley said of Lamb. “Right now, he’s just stepped on a seam. I think people are really going to start recognizing his ability.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final CLINTON-MASSIE 0 7 3 14 24 HARTLEY
7 0 7 0 14
H—Fleming 18 run (Brewer kick )
CM—Lamb 3 run (McGuinness kick)
CM—McGuinness 21 FG
H—Kenny 39 pass from Fleming (Brewer kick)
CM—Lamb 1 run (McGuinness kick)
CM—Lamb 2 run (McGuinness kick)