Hendersonville traveled to Franklin and got handed a 7-24 loss in the Rebels Homecoming game. The loss drops the COMMANDOS record to 4-2 overall. After falling behind 0-14 at halftime, the COMMANDOS cut the lead in half in the 3rd quarter, but the Rebels would go on to score 10 unanswered 4th quarter points to beat Hendersonville.
Hendersonville would receive the opening kickoff and after picking up a 1st down by penalty, HHS would punt. Franklin would get a drive going the first time they touched the ball, picking up 1st downs on the ground as they got into HHS territory. A 4th down stop by the Black & Gold defense would end the drive with the score 0-0. #15 Dalton Jones would gain a first down for HHS on the ground before Hendersonville would call on #97 Ashton Dodd again to punt. This Dodd punt would pin the Rebels on their own 1 yard line. The Rebels would get off their own goaline on the 1st play as they completed a 62 yard pass. The long play would spark the Rebels as they would eventually score with a 24 yard pass. The COMMANDOS would then go three and out as the 1st quarter came to a close.
The teams would then trade punts in the 2nd quarter. #66 Lane Smith would get a QB sack forcing a 3rd and long situation. The Rebels would convert with a pass before completing another pass that set up 1stand goal. Franklin would put the ball in the endzone with a 10 yard TD run to go up by 14 points. After a good return by #20 Nate Hancock on the kickoff, #8 Brent Rowe would have a tough run that moved HHS into Franklin territory. A COMMANDO fumble would end this drive, but Hendersonville would quickly get the ball back with a 3 & out. HHS would not be able to get much going as the clock ran out in the 1st half.
Down by 14, Dodd would recover the 2nd half opening kickoff to give HHS the ball. Hendersonville would not be able to gain any momentum after getting sacked on 3rd down and being forced to punt. Another 3 & out for Franklin would give HHS the ball back, and they would get going on offense. #32 Derek Kincaid and Hancock would move the ball on the ground for HHS before Kincaid found the endzone for the only COMMANDO points of the night. After Dodd’s PAT, HHS would be down 7-14. HHS would again get a 3 and out on defense. On the next offensive series, HHS would get sacked on 3rd down as they would be forced to punt from their own endzone.
This Franklin drive would start just 34 yards from the goaline, but HHS would force a field goal making the score 7-17. After a good kickoff return by #14 Issiah Chandler, Hendersonville would punt after 3 plays. A 1st down run would start the next FHS drive and then after a penalty by HHS, the Rebels would strike with a 62 yard TD pass. Hendersonville would again have to punt. After getting a 3 & out on defense again, the COMMANDOS would turn the ball over by fumbling the punt. Franklin would then be able to run out the clock.
Hendersonville (4-2) will have their own homecoming game next Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7:00 and the opponent will be Region foe Wilson Central (1-5). The homecoming ceremony will be at 6:30, and the team will have their annual homecoming parade on Wednesday September 26 at the Streets of Indian Lake with a start time of 6:30. The JV team will be off next week. The Freshman team defeated Station Camp last week 48-8 snapping a 3 game slide. This week the Freshman COMMANDOS(2-3) will travel to Wilson Central on Thursday with kickoff set for 6:30.