Cameron and Jeremy Harper are examples of the quality football players around the commonwealth doing incredible on-field things under the radar and away from anyone’s notice. These two guys can play the game, make no mistake about it.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member
Tom T. Hall and I have a close mutual friend. His name is Charlie Sizemore.
Charlie is a first-rate Bluegrass act. As proof of such I recall Charlie’s being before nominated for a Dove Award for a single on an album containing songs completely written by Tom T. Hall, including the nominated song, “Me and Jesus got a good thing going.”
Tom T. Hall also wrote a song which, in 1968, became a major International hit single for country singer, Jeannie C. Riley. This song, Riley’s debut, sold over six million copies and made her the first woman to top both the Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot Country Singles chart with the same song.
That feat would not be repeated for 13 years after Ms. Riley did it. Dolly Parton would do likewise with her hit song, “9 to 5.”
In writing our song, Hall said he had witnessed a similar scenario to what the song described when a child in Olive Hill, Kentucky in the mid-40s. The song was entitled, “Harper Valley PTA.”
The Harpers are still running the PTA but now in Westwood, Kentucky. The Harper twins are star football players for the Fairview Eagles in Class 1A, District 6. The Harpers we are referencing are Cameron (No. 33) and Jeremy (No. 4).
The Eagles were winless a year ago. However, the Harpers contributions do leave hope for better days around Westwood and the Fairview Eagle football program.
Both of the Harpers are ’23 prospects. That means they both have one more season to go on what has been productive high school careers.
Jeremy, in ’21, caught 40-footballs for 510-yards receiving with 2-TD receptions. On defense, Jeremy collected 46-tackles, 2-TFLs, 3-INTs which he returned 140-yards between the three with one taken back for the ball club’s only “pick-six.”
Cameron’s contributions were equally impressive. Cameron had 59-tackles on defense with 6-TFLs and led the defense with 2-QB sacks. Cameron recovered a pair of fumbles and converted 66.7% of his PATs while finishing 3rd on the team in rushing yards from scrimmage.
Cameron also played some QB on the year. While doing so, Cameron completed 21 of his 48-passing attempts for 219-yards passing and a TD.
Clearly the Harpers proved themselves a year ago to be quintessential to the Eagle Football program’s on-field success. Perhaps it is too bad they don’t have their own “Mrs. Johnson,” to trumpet their exploits to the P.T.A. around Westwood, KY. Lord knows what Mrs. Johnson would have to say about the Harper twins would be much less shocking than what she related about the people sitting around the room in the actual meeting of the Harper Valley P.T.A.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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