After a great start against Independence, Hendersonville could not hold onto their lead and drop their 3rd straight game. HHS would kickoff to start the game and after #22 Will Batson came up with a sack, the Eagles would be forced to punt. The punt would pin HHS inside their own 10 yard line. On the COMMANDOS 2nd offensive snap, #14 Issiah Chandler would bust around the left side and into the COMMANDO all-time record books with longest rush in COMMANDO football history with a 95 yard TD run giving HHS an early 7-0 lead after #27 Andrew Martin’s extra point. The Black & Gold defense would force a 3 & out, and it would only take Hendersonville 2 snaps to score again, this time #3 Keion Stafford would get a 61 yard TD run to put HHS up 14-0. The Eagle would answer with a drive gaining 3 first downs before finding the endzone with an 11 yard touchdown run. The next Hendersonville possession would see runs for 1st downs by #2 Drew Hohenbrink, #10 Ellis Ellis, and #7 Logan Spurrier before Hohenbrink found Batson in the endzone with a 13 yard TD pass to make the score 21-7. IHS would again answer, this time with a drive that picked up one first down on the ground, on through the air and two by penalty. The drive would end with a 3 yard touchdown run. After a punt by HHS, the COMMANDOS would come up with an interception by #9 Cody Booker. Hohenbrink would convert a 4th down with a run, but after getting sacked, Hendersonville would call on #27 Andrew Martin for a 25 yard field goal that would be true on the last play of the 1st half as the teams went to the locker rooms with HHS up 24-14.
Hendersonville would be shutout in the 2nd half while giving up 2 TD’s in the 3rd quarter along with a field goal late. Hendersonville’s first 2nd half possession would be a 3 & out while Independence had a drive that continued after Hendersonville got a 4th down stop but a penalty would allow them to continue the drive. The Eagles would make the score 24-21 three plays later with a 20 yard TD pass. The COMMANDOS could not convert on a 4th down try on their next drive, and IHS would again score, this time with a 13 yard run. After another 3 & out by Hendersonville, Independence would get a drive started before being forced to punt. The COMMANDOS would get a drive going on the next possession with runs by #8 Brent Rowe, Chandler, and #40 David Johnson as they moved into Eagle territory down by 4 points. However, a sack on 4th down would end the scoring chance. Independence would drive into COMMANDO territory and end up kicking a 24 yard field goal making the score 24-31. HHS would get the ball into Independence territory again before a pass to the endzone on the final play fell incomplete.
Hendersonville drops their record to 2-4 this season and will host Region 4-6A opponent Wilson Central next Friday night, October 4th for their HOMECOMING game. HHS (2-4) comes into the game dropping their last three games while the Wildcats (4-2) have lost their last two games. Kickoff is set for 7:00 with the homecoming ceremony beginning at 6:30. The JV team will travel to Beech on Monday at 5:30 after winning over Lebanon last week 42-0 at home. The Freshman team (1-3) was off last week and will take on Wilson Central on Thursday night at Wilson Central at 6:30.