Hendersonville senior Michael Schmidt became the first quarterback in school history to surpass 5,000 yards on Monday night.
And the Bearcats won their Western Highlands Conference opener to boot.
Schmidt (5,211 yards) completed 15 of his 22 attempts for 237 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in a 48-44 shootout with visiting Mountain Heritage.
Tykel Landrum was on the receiving end of two touchdown throws (34 and 43 yards) as was Leon Cooks (both from 19 yards out). Cooks’ 5-yard run with 4 minutes, 28 seconds to go at Dietz Field proved to be the difference. He earlier scored for the Bearcats (2-4, 1-0) on a 61-yard jaunt with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.
“Michael is special, phenomenal, and a great character kid,” Hendersonville coach Eric Gash said.
“Here’s a kid who is at the top of his class, academically, and lifts and practices hard every day. He’s well-deserving of everything that comes to him. I’ve never been a part of anything like this.”
Mountain Heritage (4-2, 0-1) led 22-14 at halftime and was led by Trey Robinson, who rushed for 259 yards and four touchdowns (2, 2, 23 and 43 yards). He threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Cole Burleson with just 17 seconds left in the first half.
Hendersonville travels to Madison on Friday (0-6, 0-1) on Friday, while Mountain Heritage is home against Polk County (3-3, 1-0).