GALLATIN In one of the most memorable moments in Gallatin High School’s football history, senior tailback Jordan Mason placed his name atop the Green Wave’s list of top rushers with his performance Friday evening.
Gallatin’s 49-20 victory puts the Green Wave (6-2 overall, 4-1 in Region 6-5A) in a good position for playoff positioning, while Hendersonville (5-3, 2-3) is going to need some help to get back into the top four over the season’s final three weeks.
Five things learned from Friday’s contest:
Mason is Gallatin’s all-time rushing king
Jordan Mason entered Friday’s game needing 153 yards to become Gallatin’s all-time leading rusher.
It took him 36 carries, but he got there with a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“He was just breaking three tackles and running all over the place,” junior fullback Shy Rickman said. “he was just doing what he does and that’s being the best running back in the state.”
Mason finished with 200 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries, along with two receptions for eight yards and a touchdown.
The Green Wave senior eclipsed Jeremy McMurry’s career rushing record of 4,334 yards with two games to play in the regular season.
“It was very cool,” Mason said. “To have a crowd like this and be all over (setting the record) like that, it’s a blessing.”
Hendersonville’s second and third offensive series looked promising, but both drives fizzled out inside the Green Wave 5-yard line, resulting in a pair of field goals. At the time, it pulled Hendersonville within one point, but the missed opportunities proved costly down the line.
Return to his Chambers
Senior Dezmond Chambers played a pivotal role in helping keep Hendersonville’s defense somewhat honest, catching three passes for 116 yards and a 78-yard touchdown on the opening series of the third quarter.
“Dezmond finally kind of got back into the knack of things,” Gallatin head coach Mark Williams said. “He made a crucial catch on the first drive and took a good pop and held on to the ball. He continues to get better, and I’m really proud of the way he ran his routes tonight.”
His only carry resulted in a 42-yard touchdown, as he took a backward pass from Collin Minor in the left flat and danced through traffic to break away for the score, putting the Green Wave up by eight points (14-6) midway through the second quarter. Chambers and Mason accounted for all seven Green Wave touchdowns.
House of horrors
Hendersonville has lost each of the last six regular season contests at Calvin Short Field, though the Commandos did win two playoff games at Gallatin in 2010 and 2011.
Hendersonville’s last regular season victory at Gallatin came in 2004, a 20-17 triumph.
Commandos with no margin for error
With Hillsboro taking the week off, Hendersonville’s loss drops the Commandos a half-game behind the Burros for fourth place in Region 6-5A.
“We just weren’t playing up to as good as we should,” Hendersonville senior Luke Carver said. “(Gallatin) took advantage of it.”
The Commandos will need Hillsboro to lose another game in the next three weeks, and the Burros travel to Hunters Lane next week before hosting Gallatin and Beech in the final two weeks of the season.
It could stand to pass that one of Hendersonville’s chief rivals could help the Commandos make the postseason.
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