Wilson Central drops heartbreaker in overtime

GLADEVILLE — Winless Wilson Central dropped a heartbreaker in overtime on a 27-yard field goal by RIchie Reichenberger 3-0.
Oct 4, 2009


GLADEVILLE — Winless Wilson Central dropped a heartbreaker in overtime on a 27-yard field goal by RIchie Reichenberger 3-0.
The defense came ready to play as the Wildcats held Hendersonville to only four first downs in 48 minutes of play.
"I am proud of the football team that showed up tonight. We didn't look like an 0-6 football team. We will get stronger and be better because of this game." Wildcat coach Traye Aric said after the game.
Wilson Central had several chances to score in regulation. On the opening play of the game, the Commandos fumbled and the Wildcats recovered.
After three incomplete passes, the ball was at the Hendersonville 38-yard line. Jackson Redditt was called on to attempt a 55-yard field goal that was wide left.
It was the first of four missed field goals for Redditt in the game.
In the first half, Hendersonville punted the ball five times and fumbled once. The Commandos' first first down came with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.
"Our offense played poorly but our defense played great." Hendersonville coach Bruce Hatfield said after his Commandos climbed to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in District 9-AAA.
Wilson Central had the ball inside the 20 twice in the game. Both times the drives ended with fumbles. The first one came at the 11 as the defense forced a Commando punt.
A big punt return set the Wildcats up inside the 20 again, but a block in the back penalty moved the ball back to the 30. After three plays, Redditt was called on to attempt a 42-yard field goal that was missed.
The best chance for the Wildcats to score came on a Wilson Central punt that was downed inside the 5 as the officials ruled that a Commando player had touched the ball and Wilson Central recovered.
On a second-and-goal play, Wilson Central fumbled the ball and Hendersonville recovered at the 1.
The teams exchanged punts until halftime and it was a scoreless football game.
Wilson Central got the second-half kickoff and drove the ball 45 yards in six plays. Another field goal was tried from 42 yards and this one was blocked.
The teams exchanged punts until another Wildcat fumble, this time at the 43, set Hendersonville up in good position.
Reichenberger attempted a 55-yard field goal and it was missed. It was his only attempt in regulation.
The final field goal attempted by the Wildcats came from 53 yards with less than a minute to go in regulation. The attempt fell just short of the crossbar.
So the teams went to overtime scoreless.
Wilson Central ran one play and fumbled. Hendersonville recovered setting up the game-winning field goal which was made to gave Hendersonville the victory.
Hendersonville will face Station Camp next week. Wilson Centralwill travel to Mt. Juliet for a Thursday-night game that will be televised on UPN 30. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.


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