Led by a strong rushing performance by #32 Derek Kincaid who finished the night with 2 touchdowns and more than 150 rushing yards and the COMMANDO defense forcing five 3 & outs, Hendersonville was able to defeat Wilson Central 38-14 in the COMMANDOS homecoming game.
The night would not start the way HHS wanted as the Wildcats would return the game’s opening kickoff to the 50 yard line, and then march down the field to score a rushing touchdown putting Hendersonville down 0-7. On the COMMANDOS first possession, Kincaid would have a good run into WCHS territory before HHS would turn the ball over by throwing an interception. On the first snap following the turnover, #82 Austin Halas would force a fumble that #51 JD Jordan recovered to give HHS the ball back. Hendersonville would turn the turnover into points as #97 Ashton Dodd would hit a 32 yard field goal making the score 3-7 after #20 Nate Hancock had a TD called back due to penalty. After forcing the first 3 & out of the night, the COMMANDOS would begin a 12 play scoring drive that would go into the 2nd quarter and end with a TD.
Hohenbrink would convert a 4th down with a run on the drive before Kincaid scored his first touchdown of the night with a 12 yard run. The score would put the COMMANDOS up and they would not allow Wilson Central to lead again during the game. A sack on 3rd down by #53 Marcus Thomas would force another Wildcat punt. Hendersonville would again turn the ball over with a fumble on the 3rd play of this series. Hancock would break up a pass on this Wilson Central possession helping HHS force a 3 & out. On the first play following the punt #14 Issiah Chandler would connect with #11 Cam Stevens for a 69 yard TD pass making the score 17-7. Looking to respond, the Wildcats would get a drive going before Halas got a sack helping end the drive with a punt. Hendersonville would go 3 & out, and Dodd would have a 55 yard punt. The Wildcats would snap the ball twice before the teams broke for halftime.
On the opening kickoff of the 2nd half, Hancock would have his second touchdown called back due to HHS penalty as he took the kickoff 94 yards to the endzone. HHS would have a good drive as Hohenbrink had a 1st down run before Hancock would convert a 4th down with a 23 yard run. Hendersonville would come up empty after missing a 31 yard field goal. The Wildcats would pick up a first down with a run before stops by Kincaid and Jordan for no gain would force a punt. Kincaid would have a great run to start the next COMMANDO possession before Hancock found the endzone with a 38 yard touchdown run, and this one would stand as Hendersonville extended their lead to 24-7. Wilson Central would answer with a drive that ended with a 25 yard TD pass on a 4th down play. The ensuing kickoff would be the end of the 3rd quarter.
After an incomplete pass, Kincaid would carry the ball three straight times with the 3rd run being a TD. On the next offensive series for WCHS, Jordan and #21 Jackson Alford would both have tackles for loss as HHS got another 3 & out. Kincaid and #15 Dalton Jones would move the ball on the ground for HHS on this series before Hohenbrink would connect with Halas for the final score of the night with a 3 yard TD pass. The teams would then trade punts. A COMMANDO sack by #84 Landon Wortham would be the final play of the 2018 HHS homecoming game with the score being 38-14.
Hendersonville (5-2) will be at home for Senior Night next Friday night as they will host longtime rival Gallatin (4-3). The game will be the MYTV30 game of the week and will be aired live on TV. Kickoff for next Friday night’s game will be at 7:00. The JV team (2-2) will play their final game of the year on Monday as they travel to Wilson Central with a start time scheduled for 6:00. The Freshman team (3-3) will also conclude their season next week as they will play at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night against Gallatin. Kickoff for the Freshman game will be at 6:30.