HENDERSONVILLE – Mt. Juliet scored on the opening play and went on to compile 537 yards of total offense. But Hendersonville was never threatened in the second half as the Commandos claimed a 63-38 victory over the visiting Golden Bears at Paul Decker Field.
“(Assistant) Coach (Karl) Wenzel challenged us,” Hendersonville senior offensive guard/linebacker Jacob Throneberry said. “He said, ‘Play four quarters and don’t look at the scoreboard. Play every play like it’s a tight ballgame.’
“We do look up there (at the scoreboard), but we try to play every play like it’s a tight ballgame.”
Mt. Juliet (4-4, 3-2 9-AAA) senior Garrett Zickgraf and Hendersonville (7-1, 5-0) senior Cameron Turner traded 80-yard runs on the first two plays from scrimmage, and each team had a 63-yard gain later in the first quarter, setting up short touchdown runs by Hendersonville’s Jack Towe and Mt. Juliet quarterback Nolan Chowbay.
Mt. Juliet senior Matt Massey recovered a Hendersonville fumble, and that was turned into a 36-yard field goal by senior Hayes Foster five plays later, giving the Golden Bears a 17-14 lead.
“Hendersonville is where they are for a reason. They don’t panic. They obviously bounced back in a big way,” Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry said.
Hendersonville scored the next 35 points, 28 of them in the second quarter, to build a 42-17 lead by halftime.
Hendersonville senior Braden Schwerdt intercepted a pass in the second period — the first of his two interceptions — and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Towe, Turner and quarterback Jeremias Elston had second-quarter touchdown runs, and Turner ripped off a 71-yard touchdown run in the second half, extending the lead to 32 points.
Turner scored four times for the second consecutive week and finished with 204 yards.