MT. JULIET -- Kyle Smith did his best to elevate Mt. Juliet's playoff chances Friday night, but the Golden Bears' slow start proved too much to overcome.
Visiting Hendersonville scored first on a fumble return for a touchdown and the Commandos scored the other four times they had the football in the first half as they rolled to a 59-20 victory in a District 9-AAA game.
Hendersonville's Tucker Been scored a defensive touchdown on the fourth play of the game, scooping up a fumble and racing 30 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Commandos kept rolling, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run, an 11-yard touchdown run and a 10-yard touchdown run. They ended the half with a short field goal, pushing their halftime lead to 31-0.
That's when Smith got going for Mt. Juliet.
He started the second half with a 52-yard touchdown run, then had a 28-yard touchdown run on the next series. He finished the Bears' scoring with a 36-yard scoring run, and finished with 176 yards on 11 carries.
However, it wasn't enough to help the Golden Bears' playoff hopes. Mt. Juliet (3-5, 2-3 in the district) entered the night 33rd in the Class 5A playoff picture, just one spot out of the 32-team field.
The Golden Bears, who are off next week, visit Gallatin in two weeks before finishing the season at home against Portland.
Hendersonville kept its hopes for a district title alive. The Commandos (6-2, 4-1) finish the season with a game at Beech in two weeks before hosting Station Camp in the season finale.