After a shaky start, Hendersonville was able to score the last 21 points and pull away from Centennial on the road for the COMMANDOS first victory of the 2018 season. HHS would force 2 turnovers while running the ball well to help them get their first win.
The game would not start the way HHS wanted as CHS would score with an 85 yard TD pass on the first snap of the game. The touchdown would come after #4 Jalen House made a good tackle at the 15 yard line on the opening kickoff. The Cougars would miss the PAT making the score 0-6. Facing a 3rd down on their first offensive series, #32 Derek Kincaid would bust loose on a long run into CHS territory. #2 Drew Hohenbrink would then connect with #11 Cameron Stevens for a 1st down through the air before Hohenbrink would score with a 5 yard TD run. #97 Ashton Dodd would hit the extra point to give HHS a one point lead 7-6 and the COMMANDOS would not trail again in the contest. A penalty would give the Cougars a 1st down on the next drive before #76 Wilson Higgs would get the ball back for HHS with a fumble recovery. HHS would take advantage of the turnover going on a 34 yard drive TD drive highlighted with a first down reception by #82 Austin Halas and capped off with a 5 yard TD run by Kincaid. Centennial would answer converting a 4th down en route to the endzone, scoring with a 3 yard TD run. They would convert a 2 point play with a pass to knot the score at 14. On the ensuing drive, the COMMANDOS #15 Dalton Jones would convert a 3rd down with a tough run, and HHS would eventually call on Dodd for a 45 yard fieldgoal that he would connect on to put HHS up for good.
Centennial’s next drive would go into the 2nd quarter, and after one 1st down, the COMMANDOS would force the 1st punt of the game. Hendersonville would put another scoring drive together after #20 Nate Hancock returned the punt past mid-field. Kincaid and Jones would do much of the work carrying the ball on the drive before Hancock found the endzone with a 4 yard run. The Black & Gold defense would force another punt as #8 Brent Rowe would get a sack. Hancock would score another 4 yard TD on this COMMANDO drive after Jones converted a 4th down with a good run. This would put HHS up 31-14 with a minute left till halftime. The Cougars would hurt HHS again with a big play as they scored on their first offensive snap with an 80 yard TD run. #25 Jacob Newton would make a 1st down catch on the next drive before the teams would break for halftime with Hendersonville leading 31-20.
Hendersonville would get the ball to start the 2nd half, but they would turn the ball over with a fumble after driving into CHS territory. The Cougars would get the momentum picking up 3 first downs before cutting into the COMMANDO lead with a 39 yard TD run. #61 Zach Rockom would stop the 2 point try making the score 31-26 early in the 3rd quarter. The next drive would begin with a 1st down reception by Halas then Hohenbrink, Jones, and Kincaid would run the ball for 1st down before Rowe scored with an 11 yard run. Stevens would end the next CHS possession with an interception that he would return into CHS territory. Hendersonville would once again take advantage of the turnover with #13 Helton Porter and #14 Issiah Chandler getting in on the rushing attack. Issiah Chandler would score this TD with a 4 yard run. Issiah Chandler would then get a tackle for loss on the next Centennial possession that would be the final play of the 3rd quarter with HHS leading 45-26.
Halas would get a sack and forced fumble on the 1st play of the 4th quarter before Jones got a tackle for loss that would force CHS to punt from their own endzone. Hancock’s punt return would set HHS up with a 1st and goal, and Kincaid would put the final points on the board with a TD on the first play. HHS would force Centennial to punt on the next series. The COMMANDOS would then drive the ball before fumbling again late in the game. The clock would hit all zeros on the Cougars possession as HHS took the victory 52-26.
Hendersonville (1-1) will return to Memorial Stadium next Friday night to take on the Station Camp Bison (2-0). This will be the first Region 4-6A game for both teams and kickoff on Paul Decker field will be at 7:00. The JV (0-1) will play their second game of the season on Monday at 6:00 at Memorial Stadium against Mt. Juliet. The Freshman (1-1) team will also be back in action this week as they will travel to Station Camp on Thursday with a kickoff set for 6:30.