“Those guys do a great job on offense,” said Wilson Central head coach Brad Dedman. “We just did not have an answer for their running game tonight.”
The Wildcats marched 80 yards in nine plays as Stratton Farmer scored on a 9-yard run to put the Wildcats up 7-0. Wilson Central then got the game’s first breaks, as Hendersonville running back Anthony Hughes fumbled a lateral pass, and the Wildcats recovered in Commando territory. The Wildcats could only gain 7 yards and were forced to punt.
The Commandos then tied the score at 7, as quarterback Bret Coker hit Gabe Dalton on a 27-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play 63-yard drive. After forcing another Wildcat punt, Hughes ran 56 yards to give the Commandos a 14-7 lead to begin the second quarter.
After the teams traded punts, the Wildcats drove 50 yards in five plays, as Farmer scored his second touchdown of the night, this time from 1 yard out. That tied the score at 14. Then just before halftime, Hendersonville went on a 14-play, 63-yard, that was aided by two personal foul penalties and a pass interference penalty at the goal line. With seven seconds left in the half, Coker found tight end Austin Halas in the end zone to give the Commandos a 21-14 halftime lead.
Commandos got the ball to start the second half, but were stopped short on fourth-and-one. After forcing a Wilson Central, the teams traded turnovers. Hughes had his second fumble of the night, while Hubbell was intercepted on the very next play.
“Turnovers have been our Achilles Heel this year,” said Dedman.
After the interception, Hendersonville drove 52 yards in nine plays, as Coker scored on a quarterback keeper from 4 yards out to make the score 28-14. The Wildcats came back and scored immediately. Farmer broke off a 48-yard gain to put the Wildcats in the red zone. Three plays later, Farmer would scored his third touchdown, this one from 5 yards, to make the score 28-21.
After a long kickoff return, Hendersonville drove 46 yards as fullback Helton Porter scored from 11 yards to increase the lead to 35-21. Then after another Wildcat turnover, Commandos marched 40 yards in seven plays as Logan Spurrier scored from 4 yards to increase Hendersonville’s lead to 42-21.
The Wildcats put together one final drive as they went 80 yards in 11 plays with Hubbell finding Garrett Todd for a 7-yard touchdown to close out the scoring.
Hendersonville 42, Wilson Central 28
Hendersonville 7 14 7 14 42
Wilson Central 7 7 0 14 28
WC—Farmer 9 run, (LaFollette kick).
HV—Coker 27 pass to Dalton, (Dodd kick).
HV—Hughes 56 run, (Dodd kick).
WC—Farmer 1 run, (LaFollette kick).
HV—Coker 3 pass to Halas, (Dodd kick).
HV—Coker 4 run, (Dodd kick).
WC—Farmer 5 run, (LaFollette kick).
HV—Porter 11 run, (Dodd kick).
HV—Spurrier 4 run, (Dodd kick).
WC—Hubbell 7 pass to Todd, (LaFollette kick).
First Downs 18 18
Rushes-Yards 53-346 22-128
Passing Yards 60 211
Penalties-Yards 5-46 8-63
Turnovers 2 2
RUSHING—Hendersonville: Anthony Hughes 19-114, Derek Kincaid 13-103, Helton Porter 8-51, Reggie Grisham 3-37, Bret Coker 5-20, Logan Spurrier 4-19, Jackson Alford 1-2. Wilson Central: Stratton Farmer 14-83, Zay Kern 2-31, Aaron Hubbell 2-1, Garrett Todd 2-13, Dalton King 2-0.
PASSING—Hendersonville: Coker 6-9-0-60, Drew Hohenbrink 0-1-0-0. Wilson Central: Aaron Hubbell 15-28-1-211.
RECEIVING—Hendersonville: Gabe Dalton 2-30, Grisham 1-4, Austin Halas 1-3, Hughes 1-17, Dalton Jones 1-6. Wilson Central: King 4-85, Todd 3-33, Farmer 3-35, Kwamez Kirby 3-38, Rodney Nettles 1-17, Kern 1-2.