2017 HHS vs Franklin Game Notes
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Week 6 *HOMECOMING GAME* - Hendersonville COMMANDOS (2-3) vs Franklin Rebels (1-4)


Hendersonville suffered their second straight defeat last week and their first Region 4 loss of the season as they traveled to Lebanon and got beat 23-29.  HHS would start the game off slow and found themselves in a 0-13 hole early in the contest, the COMMANDOS would get on the scoreboard before halftime but still trail 7-13.  The 2nd half would start as bad for HHS as the first half and they would trail 7-23 early in the 3rd quarter.  Hendersonville would rally to tie the game up at 23 in the 4th quarter, but Lebanon would have a game winning drive eating up most of the clock to beat HHS 23-29.  This week, Hendersonville will return home for their Homecoming game.  Their opponent for Homecoming is a team they haven’t beat in over 10 years in the Franklin Rebels.  The Rebels season hasn’t been to their liking as they come into the contest with a 1-4 record.  All 5 of their opponents this season have winning records and the Rebels handed McGavock their only loss so far in the 2017 season.  Last week, FHS led for most of the game against Independence, but the defending class 5A state runner-up Eagles would take the lead in the 4th quarter to defeat Franklin 34-24.


LAST MEETING – The last meeting between HHS and Franklin came in 2012 and the Rebels handed the COMMANDOS a 17-27 loss in Memorial Stadium.  Franklin would force 5 HHS turnovers en route to the 10 point win as they jumped out to a 3-20 halftime lead.  Hendersonville would have some fight in the 2nd half, but it wouldn’t be enough as they lost in week 2 of the 2012 season.


HOMECOMING – Homecoming is an important and special game for the entire school as well as the community.  It is also a special time for alumni as many class reunions are centered around the football homecoming game each year.  HHS has won their last four and 9 of their last 10 homecoming games.  The last time the COMMANDOS dropped a homecoming game was in 2011 when HHS lost 34-49 to Riverdale.



RUNNING OFFENSE LEAD BY BIG OFFENSVIE LINE – The Rebels will use a run oriented offense lead by a big, strong offensive line.  Up front for Franklin at tackles will be brothers #75 Max Wray (6’ 7” 290 lbs.) and #77 Jake Wray (6’ 5” 305 lbs.), their guards will be #53 Hunter Waldrum (5’ 11” 235 lbs.) and #65 Kyle Means (5’ 11” 240 lbs.), and #60 Austin Hamill (5’ 11” 190 lbs.) will be the center.  Taking the snaps will be senior quarterback #6 Carter Hendry who is equally dangerous throwing the ball as he is running with it.  Hendry has thrown for 345 yards so far this season and rushed for 190 with 3 touchdowns.  His best passing performance was 115 yards versus McGavock; last week against Independence, he threw for 92 yards and rushed for 94 yards while scoring 2 TD’s on the ground.  The running back is #24 Matt Gaca who had a season high 87 yards last week, on the season he has 335 yard with three scores.  Relieving him in the backfield will #12 Rashad Jenkins and #4 Davis Whitehurst both have done a good job running the ball.  Whitehurst along with #5 John Craig will also return kicks for the Rebels.  Craig also plays receiver with #3 Gentry Neese, Whitehurst, and #11 Chance Bright.  Craig has caught 10 balls this season for 85 yards.  Their fullbacks are #26 John Taylor and #36 Jonah Albert.


STINGY REBEL DEFENSE – The Rebels have faced some offensive powerhouses this year and have held them in check giving up just 18 points per game while holding three of their five opponents to 14 points or less.  Their leading tackler is #71 Christian Moolman who has recorded 31 total tackles this season with 5 being for lost yardage, he also led the team with 6 stops last week. Joining him in the box will be #20 John Critchlow, #49 Gabe Tyner, #12 Rashad Jenkins, and #4 Davis Whitehurst.  Linebackers will be #34 Gavin King who recorded 5 tackles last week and #25 Khani Kelton.  The secondary will be #3 Gentry Neese who intercepted 2 Independence passes last week, #22 Garrison Glover who has 20 tackles this year, #24 Matt Gaca who has 29 stops this season, and #7 Cooper Palk.


COMMANDOS SCORING FIRST CAREER TD – VS BLACKMAN – Helton Porter scored his first career touchdown as a COMMANDO on the first offensive snap of the 2nd half with an 80 yard TD run that ties the HHS record books for the 5th longest rush in school history.  Reggie Grisham scored his first career touchdown with a 5 yard run in the 3rd quarter against the Blaze.  VS STATION CAMP – Logan Spurrier found the endzone for the 1st time as a COMMANDO with a 48 yard rushing touchdown in the 3rd quarter of the team’s 47-7 victory over Station Camp.  Drew Hohenbrink also scored his first TD for the Black & Gold with a 1 yard run in the 4th quarter of the team’s game against the Bison.


FRANKLIN TRADITION – Franklin has a rich football tradition and since the creation of 6A football in Tennessee in 2009, the Rebels have made the class 6A playoffs in 7 of the 8 seasons including each of the last four.  Before class 6A was the highest class in Tennessee, the Rebels were class 5A runner-up twice in 2008 and 2004.  Last season, FHS made it to the class 6A quarterfinals.


300 YARD GAMES – The COMMANDOS went to the air versus Centennial, and Brett Coker eclipsed the 300 yard mark passing.  He threw for a school record 323 yards completing 13 of his 17 attempts with 5 TD passes.  In addition to the passing, Coker also rushed for 2 scores.  His 323 passing yards tops Hunter Brown’s 304 passing yards against Franklin in 2011 which was the previous school record.


200 YARD GAMES – Gabe Dalton had Hendersonville’s first ever 200 yard receiving game in the teams win over Centennial.  Dalton caught 9 balls for 236 yards and scored 3 touchdowns.  Against Blackman, Brett Coker threw for 252 yards completing 9 of his 13 pass attempts with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  The 252 passing yards was the 3rd, now 4th, most in school history surpassing his own 212 yards from 2016 which was #3 all time before this season began.


100 YARD GAMES – Anthony Hughes topped the century mark for the 3rd time this season rushing for 172 yards while scoring twice against Lebanon.  Derek Kincaid would top the 100 yard mark against Beech as he rushed the ball 11 times for 123 yards and had 1 touchdown.  Running back Anthony Hughes had his 2nd 100 yard rushing night of the 2017 season versus Station Camp as he ran the ball for 124 yards on 6 carries while finding the endzone twice.  Hughes rushed the ball only 5 times against Centennial, but he had 104 rushing yards and 1 TD in his first game of the 2017 season.  In the season opening game versus Blackman, the COMMANDOS had three players get over 100 yards.  Helton Porter gained 171 yards on the ground while Austin Halas and Gabe Dalton would both have over 100 yards receiving.  Halas’s 126 yards receiving is the 3rd (4th after the Centennial game) most in school history and Dalton’s 123 receiving yards puts him just behind Halas with the 4th (5th after the Centennial game) most in school history.


10 PLUS TACKLE GAMES – Reggie Grisham would have the first 10 plus tackle game for the COMMANDOS versus Beech as he recorded 10 stops, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass break up in the team’s 21-35 loss.


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LISTEN ONLINE – You can now listen to COMMANDO football online on WHIN 100.7 FM 1010 AM radio.  Click Here to listen to all the football action online.


COMMANDO RECORD BOOKS – Brett Coker and Gabe Dalton both entered their names in the top of the COMMANDO record books in the team’s 56-21 win over Centennial at Memorial Stadium.  Coker set the mark for most passing yards in a game with 323 yards that included 5 touchdown passes.  Dalton become #1 all time with 9 receptions in the game as well as #1 with 236 receiving yards in a single game; he also scored on 3 of those catches.  In the season opening loss against Blackman, the COMMANDOS had four players enter into the all-time record books.  Brett Coker’s 252 passing yards is the 3rd (4th after Centennial game) most in a game in HHS history.  Austin Halas ranks #3 (now #4) all-time with 126 receiving yards in a game while Gabe Dalton is #4 (now #5) with 123 receiving yards.  Helton Porter had the 5th longest rush in HHS history with his 80 yard TD run.  Also in that game, HHS gave up the most points in the history of COMMANDO football with 63 points being scored by the opponent.


FRESHMAN COMMANDOS – The Freshman team evened up their record to 1-1 last week by defeating Lebanon 47-24 at Memorial Stadium.  The Freshman team will be off this Thursday, but have 2 game scheduled for next week as they will host Station Camp on Monday and host Wilson Central on Thursday, both of those games will be at Memorial Stadium and both are set to kickoff at 6:30.


AROUND REGION 4 – Mt. Juliet stays at the top of Region 4 with another shutout.  The Golden Bears are 5-0 and have shutout each of their first 5 opponents.  This week all teams in Region 4 will play games outside of the Region and all 6 teams will be at home.  Last week Mt. Juliet (5-0) blanked Wilson Central (1-4) 35-0.  This week Mt. Juliet takes on Clarksville Northwest (1-4) while Wilson Central will play Gallatin (4-1).  Rossview won at home 46-21 over Station Camp keeping their Region 4 record perfect.  The Hawks (3-2) will play Dickson County (0-5) this week.  The Bison (0-5) will play Hunters Lane (0-4).  Lebanon beat the COMMANDOS in Lebanon last week 23-29 to make both Hendersonville and Lebanon’s Region record at 1-1.  Lebanon (2-3) will play Antioch (1-4) this week.  HHS (2-3) will play Franklin (1-4).


HHS/Franklin Series – The series between Hendersonville and Franklin dates back to 1973.  The Rebels hold the advantage in match-ups with HHS having a 14-17 all-time win/loss record against FHS.  Franklin has won each of the last three meetings beating Hendersonville in the playoffs in 2008 and then handing HHS regular season losses in 2011 and 2012.  The teams have faced each other as Region foes, regular season opponents, and have met in the playoffs 5 times with Franklin winning three (2002,2003,2008) of those while Hendersonville claimed victory twice (2001,2006).  The last time Hendersonville beat Franklin in Memorial Stadium was in the 2001 playoffs.


Biggest Victory – 34 points in 1973 when the COMMANDOS won 34-0

Worst Defeat – 34 points in 2008 with the class 5A runner-up Rebels beat HHS 14-48 at Memorial Stadium in the 2nd round of the class 5A playoffs

Longest Winning Streak – 4 games - twice (1976 – 1979 & 1996-2001)

Longest Losing Streak – 7 games (1987-1995)

Current Streak – Franklin 3 games (2008-2012)

Last Meeting – 2012 with Franklin winning 17-27 in Memorial Stadium

Smith, Lane
Lane Smith

Height: 5'11
Weight: 190
Class: Senior
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8/17 Blackman Home -
8/24 Centennial Away -
8/31 Station Camp Home -
9/7 Beech Away -
9/14 Lebanon Home -
9/21 Franklin Away -
9/28 Wilson Central (HC) Home -
10/5 Gallatin Home -
10/12 BYE Home -
10/19 Rossview Away -
10/26 Mt. Juliet Away -
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