HHS traveled across town to take on Beech at Shackle Island Stadium and came home with a 45-27 victory to improve their record to 3-1. The COMMANDOS would lead at halftime 31-0 with touchdowns scored by #20 Nate Hancock, #15 Dalton Jones, #32 Derek Kincaid, and #8 Brent Rowe. After keeping the Buccaneers off the scoreboard in the 1st half, Hendersonville would give up the 1st points of the 2nd half but would respond with 2 scores of their own to hold a 45-7 lead going into the 4th quarter helping the COMMANDOS win the game 45-27.
HHS would receive the opening kickoff and waste no time finding the endzone as Kincaid would have a 1st down run followed by a long run by #2 Drew Hohenbrink that moved the ball into the red zone. Hancock would finish the opening drive with a 9 yard touchdown run. #97 Ashton Dodd would add the extra point to give the COMMANDOS and early 7-0 advantage. The Buccaneers would come out effective on offense picking up a pair of 1st downs before being forced to punt near midfield. #14 Issiah Chandler would have a good run into Beech territory on the next offensive possession, but a penalty would stall the drive and HHS would punt. #22 Will Batson would pressure the Beech quarterback on the 1st play of this drive forcing an incompletion before #55 Jamison Barksdale knocked down a 3rd down pass attempt helping the COMMANDOS get a 3 & out. Hohenbrink would pass the ball to Kincaid for a 1st down on this drive before picking up a first down on the ground. Jones would finish this drive taking the ball into the endzone with a 7 yard run to make the score 14-0. Hendersonville’s defense would score the next points as on the 3rd snap #82 Austin Halas would force a fumble that Kincaid would pick up and race 24 yards to the endzone. On the next possession, Halas would disrupt the Buccaneers again, this time with a tackle for loss followed by another forced fumble that HHS looked to recover in the endzone, but would be ruled down as the 1st quarter came to an end with the score 21-0.
BHS would run one play in the 2nd quarter before punting to the COMMANDOS. HHS would take over at the BHS 39 yard line. Kincaid would convert a 3rd down on the ground before Rowe score with a 15 yard run. Beech would again get a drive started with a couple of 1st downs before being forced to punt. The next COMMANDO drive would get all the way to the one yard line before a penalty forced HHS to call on Dodd for a 21 yard field goal that he would be true on with time running down in the 1st half. On the ensuing series, Jones would force a fumble that #69 Dylan Cunningham recovered that would be the last play of the 1st half.
Beech would get the ball to begin the 2nd half and march down the field picking up a first down with a pass, a penalty, and then two by runs. This drive would end with a 6 yard TD run making the score 31-7. The COMMANDOS would answer as Chandler would convert a 3rd down, then Hohenbrink would connect with #7 Logan Spurrier for a 1st down through the air. Halas would pick a COMMANDO fumble to set up a 1st and goal. Rowe would find the endzone again, this time with a 6 yard TD run putting HHS up 38-7. #51 JD Jordan would get another turnover by recovering a fumble for HHS on the next offensive series for the Buccaneers. HHS would take advantage of the turnover with Hohenbrink throwing to Halas to set up 1st and goal. Hohenbrink would finish the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run that would be the final points of the night for the COMMANDOS.
Hendersonville would lead 45-7 as the 4th quarter began, but BHS would cut into the lead quickly as they busted a 65 yard TD run. Hendersonville would go 3 & out on their next series. Beech would convert a 3rd down with a pass on this possession before scoring again with a 17 yard pass. #13 Helton Porter would move the chains for HHS following the TD, but Hendersonville would again be forced to punt. The Buccaneers would again score with a long run before the COMMANDOS were able to kneel on the ball to end the game with the score 45-7.
Hendersonville (3-1) will return to Memorial Stadium next Friday for their 2ndRegion 4-6A contest of the season. The Lebanon Blue Devils (3-1) will be the opponent for the COMMANDOSwith the game set to kickoff at 7:00 on Paul Decker Field. The JV (0-2) team will be back in action on Monday to take on Beech at Memorial Stadium with a start time of 5:30. The Freshman (1-2) team will also play next week as they will travel to Lebanon on Thursday to take on the Freshman Blue Devils. The Freshman game will begin at 6:00.