2017 HHS vs Gallatin Game Notes
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

2017 Week 8 - Hendersonville COMMANDOS (4-3) vs Gallatin Green Wave (6-1)


The COMMANDOS went on the road last week in a Region 4 match-up against Wilson Central and got a 42-28 victory pushing their record, both overall and in Region 4, over 500 for the season.  For HHS it made their overall record 4-3 and their Region 4 record 2-1.  HHS started the game slow, but scored just before halftime to take a 7 point lead into halftime.  The COMMANDOS would control the 2nd half with a strong running game coupled with a pair of Wilson Central turnovers.  This week, the COMMANDOS will travel to their oldest rival.  HHS will go to the WaveYard to take on Gallatin.  The Green Wave are having a fantastic season as they have accumulated a 6-1 record with their only blemish coming to the undefeated Mt. Juliet Golden Bears.  GHS has won three straight including a 35-17 win at Wilson Central two weeks ago followed by a 49-10 victory at Hunters Lane last week.


LAST MEETING – These two met last year as Region foes in class 5A.  Hendersonville would trail at halftime 6-21 after getting the ball inside the 5 yard line twice and being forced to kick field goals both times.  HHS would rally in the 3rd quarter cutting into the lead making it a one score game 20-28 heading into the 4th quarter.  The Green Wave would score 21 unanswered 4th quarter points to end up defeating the COMMANDOS by a final score of 20-49.


GREEN WAVE PERENNIAL PLAYOFF POWER – Gallatin has consistently been able to make the TSSAA playoffs amassing an impressive 36 playoff berths.  Their playoff record is 51-33 while winning 3 state titles and being state runner up on two more occasions.  GHS has made the playoffs in 31 of the last 35 seasons including an 18 year stretch from 1982 to 1999 when they made an appearance every season.  The Green Wave has had two perfect season, going 15-0 in 1992 and 14-0 in 1978.  In addition to those two state championship seasons, Gallatin also won a title in 1989 and were the state runner up in 1987 and 1991.


WAVE OFFENSE ROLLING BEHIND SLOAN AND STEWART – Gallatin is averaging nearly 30 points per game on offense and their average over the past three games is 42 points.  #18 Ander Sloan takes the snaps for the Green Wave and #1 LaDarius Stewart is the running back.  Sloan threw for 2 touchdowns and 126 yards last week while Stewart had 104 rushing yards.  Stewart also had 107 rushing yards and 2 scores against Wilson Central while running for 214 yards in the team’s homecoming victory against Hillwood.  The offensive line has been blocking well with #51 Bandon Claud, #55 Archellous Turner, #66 Horaciago Shaw, #50 Hayden Minor, and #73 William Barnes lining up in the trenches.  Also running the ball for the Green Wave at the tailback position is #2 Jalen Porter who is a powerful back that has been very effective this season when he gets the ball in his hands.  Fullback #34 Shy Rickman is a great blocker and is a punishing runner when he gets to carry the football.  Sloan’s top receiving targets will be #7 Collin Minor who had 94 receiving yards last week, #5 Xavier Fitts who caught a TD pass against Hillsboro, and #81 Quinton Hiett.


STRONG DEFENSIVE PLAY LED BY LINEBACKERS – The Green Wave defense, which is only giving up 16 points per game, is led by senior linebackers #2 Jalen Porter (6’1” 220 lbs.) and #6 Dez Vaughn (6’0” 215 lbs.).  Porter and Vaugh have made it tough for teams to move the ball against GHS all season long, helping the defense create 3 turnovers, two returned for TD’s and the third setting the Green Wave up with a 1st & goal against Wilson Central.  GHS also held Hillwood to just 44 rushing yards while limiting Hunters Lane to a total of 80 yards of offense.  In front of the LB’s is #34 Shy Rickman, #55 Archellous Turner, #42 Baily Silcox, #57 John Birdwell, and #8 Athaiy Othow.  Their box players are physical and get to the ball leaving little room for opponents to create running lanes.  In the secondary will be #9 Sirtavious Perry, #5 Xavier Fitts, #3 Luke Springer, and #24 Stevente Halcomb.  Their defensive backfield has been playing as well as their front helping the Green Wave to hold 5 of their first 7 opponents to 17 points or less.


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.


GALLATIN RANKED IN AP POLL – Gallatin is in class 5A and with their 6-1 record this season, they are currently ranked #5 in the class 5A AP poll.  Their only loss on this season came on the road to Mt. Juliet who is a class 6A school.


HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE AT THE WAVEYARD – The home of the Green Wave has been a tough place to play for the COMMANDOS.  Hendersonville has not came away from the WaveYard with a regular season victory since 2004, falling in each of the past 6 games they have played there in the regular season.


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 – HHS would have a pair of 100 yard rushers versus Wilson Central with Anthony Hughes gaining 134 yards while Derek Kincaid ran for 107 yards.  Against Franklin, Anthony Hughes went over 100 yards on the ground for the 4th game this season as he ran the ball 7 times for 128 yards and 3 scores.  Also in the homecoming victory against Franklin, Gabe Dalton topped the 100 yard mark receiving, catching 3 balls for 132 yards and 1 touchdown.  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.


FRESHMAN COMMANDOS – The Freshman team played two games last week, taking on Station Camp on Monday and Wilson Central on Thursday.  Both games were at Memorial Stadium and the Freshman won one and lost one.  On Monday, the Freshman fell to Station Camp 6-22, but came back on Thursday and defeated Wilson Central 44-42.  The Freshman team’s record now stands at 3-3 and they will be trying to finish with a winning record this Thursday as they travel to Gallatin to take on the Green Wave at the WaveYard in the final game of the season.  Kickoff on Thursday night is set for 6:30.


AROUND REGION 4 – Mt. Juliet stands alone at the top of Region 4 with their perfect 7-0 record.  Mt. Juliet keep their undefeated record last week by defeating Rossview 31-17.  The Rossview loss, along with Hendersonville defeating Wilson Central 42-28 and Lebanon hanging on to beat Station Camp 34-32 put Lebanon, Rossview, and Hendersonville all tied for 2nd place with identical 4-3 records with 2-1 Region records.  This week will be the final non-Region contest for the teams.  Mt. Juliet (7-0) will travel to McGavock (5-2).  Rossview (4-3) hosts Stratford (2-5).  Lebanon (4-3) will play at Coffee County (1-5).  HHS (4-3) will travel to Gallatin (6-1).  Station Camp (1-6) plays at Beech (7-0).  Wilson Central (1-6) will play at LaVergne (2-5).


HHS/Gallatin Series – The Green Wave has dominated this rivalry series which dates back to the second year of COMMANDO football in 1942.  This game is Hendersonville’s oldest and longest rival game.  The game has been played every year since 1964 as after the teams played each other in the 1940’s, they never met during the 1950’s.  Gallatin won the first 10 meetings in the series before HHS finally got a win in 1966 by a score of 21-13.  Hendersonville trails in the all-times series 17-46-1 with the lone tie coming in 1967 as the teams would battle to a 7-7 final score.  Hendersonville and Gallatin have met in the TSSAA playoffs three times with the first coming in 2001 and was at Hendersonville.  The COMMANDOS defeated the Green Wave 27-7 at Memorial Stadium in a quarterfinal game.  The next two playoff meetings came in back to back years during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Both of these meetings would be at the WaveYard and Hendersonville was able to come out victorious in both beating GHS 34-14 in the 1st round in 2010 and getting a 2nd round win in 2011 by a score of 28-7.  Despite the commanding overall series lead by Gallatin, the COMMANDOS have been more competitive recently with each team winning 6 of the last 12 match-ups.


Biggest Victory – 42 points in 2014 when the COMMANDOS won 56-14 at Memorial Stadium

Worst Defeat – 60 points in 1949 when the Green Wave defeated HHS 0-60

Longest Winning Streak – 6 games – (1997-2001)

Longest Losing Streak – 14 games – (1974-1987)

Current Streak – Gallatin 1 game (2016)

Last Meeting – 2016 with Gallatin getting a 20-49 win at the WaveYard

Jones, Dalton
Dalton Jones

Height: 6'1
Weight: 220
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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