HENDERSONVILLE Hendersonville claimed a 24-12 victory over visiting Station Camp in a Sumner County rivalry that had big playoff implications for both teams.
Five things that highlighted the Commandos victory:
Taking Command….o’ the game:
Hendersonville quarterback Brett Coker was a highlight in an otherwise lackluster offensive performance from Commandos. Hendersonville (5-2, 4-2 in District 6-5A) was held to 153 yards on the ground on 36 carries, but Coker did enough with his arm and legs.
Coker was 8-of-15 passing for 96 yards with touchdown passes to Anthony Hughes in the first half and an 18-yard score to Austin Halas in the fourth quarter, that sealed the victory. Coker added a one-yard touchdown run for the Commando’s first score that put his team up 7-6 early in the second quarter.
Hendersonville coach Bruce Hatfield felt his team was fortunate to get the victory.
“They (Station Camp) are a good defensive team that is pretty physical, and we needed to play well to win,” Hatfield said. “They do a lot of things well on both sides of the ball, and we’re happy with the outcome.”
Trailing 17-12 at halftime, Station Camp (3-4, 1-3) had more than enough opportunities to take the lead.
The Bison held Hendersonville to 25 yards of total offense during the third quarter and through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Hendersonville finally took advantage of Station Camp’s missed opportunities with the game-clinching drive and score.
Hendersonville went 54 yards on seven plays, highlighted by a 13-yard run from Derek Kincaid and a 16-yard run from Luke Carver that set up Coker’s 18-yard touchdown to Halas with 6:07 remaining in the contest.
No punt intended:
Station Camp coach Shaun Hollingsworth felt the biggest shift in momentum came in the middle of the fourth quarter with his team trailing 17-12. A holding penalty forced the Bison back to their own 11-yard line. Station Camp was forced, to punt which set up Hendersonville near midfield for the game-clinching drive.
“That was really the biggest moment in a game where field position was so important,” Hollingsworth said. “Our defense did a good job of limiting them on offense, but you can’t give Hendersonville a short field when they are in the lead late.”
Slinging in the rain:
Station Camp quarterback Tyler Thompson had little trouble with the damp field conditions and getting the ball to his favorite targets.
Thompson connected on an 82-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McKinley just before halftime, which trimmed the Hendersonville lead to 14-12 with 4:25 left in the second quarter.
Thompson was 18-of-33 through the air for 287 yards and a score, with McKinley being his favored target. McKinley reeled in three receptions for 137 yards, while Austin King pulled down seven catches for 81 yards.
The offense, however, was limited in large part of the Bison’s inability to run the ball. Station Camp had 101 yards rushing on 32 carries.
Going in opposite directions:
After a pair of one-point losses to Cane Ridge and Beech, Hendersonville seems to be rolling at this point. The Commandos have three-straight victories,with two of those being region triumphs over Hillsboro and Station Camp. The Commandos appear to be in a good position for the playoffs with the victory.
Station Camp, however, was dealt a crucial blow to its playoff hopes. Tonight’s loss, coupled with the 34-27 loss to Gallatin last week, puts the Bison in sixth place in District 6-5A with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. The road does not get any easier as Station Camp’s next two contests are against district-leading and undefeated Cane Ridge, and current second place Beech.