Vindication was on the minds of the Hendersonville Commandos during homecoming last Friday night as the home team looked to avenge a loss to the Brentwood Bruins a year ago. In front of a packed house at Paul Decker Stadium, the Commandos earned a bit of revenge and moved to 4-0 on the season as they defeated Brentwood, 54-33.
“It was one of the best feelings of the season so far,” senior Commando quarterback Jeremias Elston said after the game. “It was very special.”
Following a short punt by the Bruins, Cameron Turner scampered 42 yards to the end zone to put Hendersonville on top, 6-0.
After stumbling in their first two contests, the Station Camp Bison were able to get back on track Friday night in their season home-opener against Antioch. The Bison rode a quick start in the first quarter, withstood a lack-luster second period, and manufactured a solid second half performance to pick up their first win of the season, 34-14.
“It is good to get that first win under your belt,” Station Camp Head Coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. “It is tough coming out of the gates playing two of the top teams in our district. I knew that we needed this win to get our season kick-started.”
Independence must have remembered how the Beech Buccaneer football team ran all over the place in their game a year ago gaining 359 yards on 67 attempts. Last Friday night, Independence was better prepared. The Eagles held the Beech offense to 96 yards rushing and handed the Buccaneers their second loss of the season, 49-7.
Beech’s only score came defensively on a 95-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by junior Ian Hafner midway through the fourth quarter.
It seemed there was very little the Pope John Paul II Knights football team could do last Friday night to slow down the powerful Ensworth Tigers.
The Tigers posted 21 points in the first quarter, held the Knights scoreless through the first three periods and cruised to a 50-21 victory to remain unbeaten on the year.
“It is hard to play a team that has that much talent when you’re struggling at depth at a lot of positions,” JPII Head Coach Jerry Joslin said after the game. “But you have to give our kids credit. They never let their heads get down. They continued to battle. Tonight was a bit of a learning moment for a lot of our kids.”