2017 HHS vs Mt. Juliet Game Notes
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Week 11 - Hendersonville COMMANDOS (6-3) vs Mt. Juliet Golden Bears (9-0)


Senior night will be this Friday night at Memorial Stadium for the COMMANDOS as they take on the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears.  The Senior night game will be a tough test for HHS as Mt. Juliet brings a perfect 9-0 record into the game.  The Golden Bears have beat up on their opponents all season long by scoring 365 points while only allowing 23.  Their closest game was a 14 point victory over Rossview; in their other 8 contests this season MJHS won each by at least 35 points with 7 of those games being shutouts.  Mt. Juliet smashed Station Camp at Mt. Juliet last week by a score of 49-0.  Hendersonville enters the game on a 4 game winning streak as HHS was able to get a 37-17 win at home against Rossview last week.  Mt. Juliet has secured a 1st round home playoff game along with at least a share of the 2017 Region 4 title while the COMMANDOS have locked up a playoff berth as well and could share the Region crown with a win over the Golden Bears.


RANKED IN POLLS – The Golden Bears are ranked in both the Mid-State poll as well as the class 6A AP poll.  In both of the polls, Mt. Juliet currently sits at 3rd.


LAST MEETING – The last time these two squared off was in 2014 at Memorial Stadium, both teams were in District 9-AAA at the time.  The game would start out nicely for both teams as each would take their first offensive snap 80 yards for a touchdown and the score would be 7-7 early in the 1st quarter.  Mt. Juliet would lead 14-17 after the 1st quarter, but Hendersonville would use 4 2nd quarter TD’s to take a 42-17 lead into halftime.  Both teams would score 21 points in the 2nd half as HHS was able to defeat the Golden Bears by a final score of 63-38.


DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE – The Golden Bears have the best defense in the state of Tennessee, they average giving up just 2.5 points per game, but have only allowed points in two games while posting 7 shutouts so far this season and have given up a total of only 23 points.  They gave up 17 points to Rossview in a 31-17 victory and defeated McGavock 42-6, in the rest of their contest, their opposition was unable to get any points on the Golden Bears.  They play an odd front defense and are led by linebackers #32 Tony Thompson, a 6’ 3” 220 lb. senior, and #35 Jesyah White, also a senior.  Up front, they will have #64 Cade Hoppe, #17 Brad Costley, #21 Evan Angle, #30 Blake Weaver, and #10 Colton Reeder.  There has been little running room against the MJHS front as they have limited their opponent’s ability to move the ball on the ground.  The secondary will be #22 Jeremiah Birdsong, #4 Michael Ruttlen, #5 Keaton Mang, and #9 Conner Ruzek.  Teams have struggled to throw the ball against their secondary as that groups has given up 0 passing touchdowns while coming up with 12 interceptions and 4 that were returned for touchdowns.  Their defense has a lot of speed, they play extremely hard, and they get eleven players to the ball carrier on every play.


OFFENSE IMPRESSIVE AS WELL – With the Mt. Juliet playing such dominate defense, their offense has quietly been equally as impressive averaging 41 points per game.  They will have a lot of talent in the skill positions with quarterback #8 Cody Glass and running back #6 Aidan Raines along with receivers #7 Alvin Mixon, #3 Malik Bowen, #11 Colby Martin, and #4 Michael Ruttlen.  Glass has been efficient throwing the ball, being able to complete passes when the Golden Bears decide to pass and is a threat to run the ball where he has been equally effective.  Raines has had a great career for the Golden Bears and is having an outstanding senior season.  He has rushed for over 1,000 yards this year and topped the 100 yard mark in 4 of the teams last 5 games; he has over 3,600 all-purpose yards for his career with 53 touchdowns.  The guys in the trenches doing the work to create running lanes as well as protecting Glass will be #51 Codi Esquivel, #62 Ronnie Kramer, #64 Cade Hoppe, #66 Tyreece Stone, and #77 Zach Deifendahl.


GOLDEN BEARS ACCUSTOMED TO BEING IN PLAYOFFS – The Golden Bears have become accustomed to being a playoff team.  They have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, and qualified for the playoffs in 10 of the last 11 seasons, making it to the semifinals of the playoffs twice during that span.


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.  VS GALLATIN – Nate Hancock had a 10 yard touchdown run in the team’s 42-21 victory over the Green Wave.


FIRST TEAM TO SCORE AGAISNT MT. JULIET – It took until the 7th game of this season for Mt. Juliet to give up a single point.  The Golden Bears impressively shutout their first six opponents before Rossview finally scored 17 points in a 31-17 Mt. Juliet victory.  The next week McGavock scored 6 points against MJHS before they shutout Station Camp last week.


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 had another 100 yard game against Rossview, rushing for 142 yards and 2 scores while adding a 96 yard kickoff return for a score.  Hendersonville would have two players go over the century mark at Gallatin.  Derek Kincaid rushed for 176 yards and 2 scores against the Green Wave while teammate Anthony Hughes went over 100 for the 6th time this year with 156 yards and 2 TD’s.  HHS would also 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.


AROUND REGION 4 – Only one game left in the 2017 and it is a Region game for every team.  The four playoff teams that will represent Region 4 this season are set with Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and Rossview joining Hendersonville to qualify for the class 6A playoffs, but the seeding will depend on the outcome of this week’s games.  Mt. Juliet sits at the top of the region as they beat Station Camp last week 49-0.  Lebanon got a 19-7 victory at Wilson Central, and HHS beat Rossview 37-17.  This week, Mt. Juliet (9-0) will travel to Hendersonville (6-3), Lebanon (5-4) travels to Rossview (5-4), and Station Camp (1-8) will host Wilson Central (2-7).


HHS/Mt. Juliet Series – This battle between two communities separated by Old Hickory Lake dates all the way back to the COMMANDOS first football season in 1941.  Mt. Juliet traveled to Hendersonville in 1941 for the COMMANDOS first ever home football game at the old stadium located on Stadium Drive.  Mt. Juliet won that first meeting 0-12.  Hendersonville holds a 26-21-1 advantage in the all-time series, and the teams met 26 consecutive seasons from 1977 to 2002 but did not play again until 2009 when they both got put in District 9-AAA.  They played as District 9-AAA opponents from 2009-2014, but did not play in 2015 or 2016 as they were in different classifications, the Golden Bears won 4 of the 6 meetings while the teams were both in District 9-AAA.  The series will be renewed this Friday as both teams are now in Region 4-6A.  They also played from 1941-1943, 1951-1961, as well as in 1966 & 1967.


Biggest Victory – 42 points in 2002 when the COMMANDOS won 56-14 at Memorial Stadium

Worst Defeat – 39 points in 1959 when the Golden Bears won 0-39

Longest Winning Streak – 7 games – Twice – (1952 – 1958) & (1988 – 1994)

Longest Losing Streak – 6 games (1977 - 1982)

Current Streak – Hendersonville 2 games (2013-2014)

Last Meeting – 2014 with the COMMANDOS winning 63-38 at Memorial Stadium

Christian, Robert
Robert Christian

Height: 6'1
Weight: 185
Class: Senior
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2018 Schedule
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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Station Camp 0 0
Wilson Central 0 0
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