1st Round Playoffs - HHS vs Blackman Game Notes 2017
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

2017 1st Round TSSAA 6A Playoffs

Hendersonville COMMANDOS (6-4) vs Blackman Blaze (8-2)


Hendersonville finished the season with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-2 record in Region 4 play; their play during the season earned the COMMANDOS a 2nd place finish in the Region meaning that HHS will get to play a 1st round playoff game at home in Memorial Stadium.  The 1st round TSSAA 6A playoff game will be a rematch of this year’s season opener as the COMMANDOS will square off against the Blackman Blaze again.  The Blaze finished the season with an 8-2 record which made them tied for 2nd place in their Region and through tie breakers, they got the #3 seed.  Their 8-2 record included the week 1 blowout victory over Hendersonville as they blasted the COMMANDOS 28-63 to begin 2017.  Hendersonville enters the playoffs following a loss at home last week to Mt. Juliet 7-27, the loss to MJHS snapped a 4 game winning streak for Hendersonville.  Blackman started the season 5-0 before losing to Oakland.  The Blaze come into the playoffs on a 2 game winning streak as they defeated Riverdale 28-26 last week at Riverdale and beat Stewarts Creek 37-14 the week before.


LAST MEETING – The last time these two squared off was to begin this season on August 18th.  Blackman would strike early and often on the COMMANDOS and after returning a kickoff early in the 2nd quarter, HHS would be down 0-35.  HHS would finally get on the board, but after the Blaze returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to the endzone, they would lead 7-42.  Both teams would score one more time before halftime making the score at the break 14-49.  Hendersonville would score on their first offensive snap of the 2nd half, but BHS would again answer and both teams would score again in the 3rd quarter before a scoreless 4th quarter made the final score 28-63.


THREE STRAIGHT TRIPS TO THE QUARTERFINALS – The Blaze have made it the class 6A quarterfinals in each of the past three seasons.  They have been in the class 6A playoffs in each of the past 8 seasons making to at least the 2nd round in all 8 trips, while going to the semifinals once.


TALENTED OFFENSE – Blackman’s offense has been consistently good all season having a 100 yard rusher in all 10 games this season.  The latest running back topping the century mark in each of the past two games is #4 Jordan Brown who had 20 rushes for 151 yards and 2 scores versus Stewarts Creek and added 137 yards with 1 score on 24 carries last week against Riverdale.  Also carrying the ball for the Blaze this season has been #33 Master Teague and #7 Cordel Braxton.  The offensive line consisting of #64 Lance Pawlowski, #76 Nascere Crosby, #60 Kamron Philalom, #78 Mike Brown, and #74 Jamil Hughes has been consistent all season.  This group is big and lock on defenders to open holes.  Leading the offense is #6 Connor Mitchell who has had an outstanding season as the quarterback of the Blaze.  He has thrown for 996 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 602 rushing yards and another 9 TD’s.  Mitchell’s performance against the COMMANDOS in week 1 earned him ‘Titans Player of the Week’ honors as he threw for 186 yards with 3 TD’s while rushing for 98 yards and 2 scores, and he added a 52 yard punt return for a touchdown.  Mitchell’s top target will be #13 Trey Knox who is big physical receiver with great hands and the ability to score any time he has the ball.  Knox has grabbed 41 balls this season for 578 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Blackman’s offense is averaging over 40 points per game this year.


BLAZE STRONG ON DEFENSE – The Blaze will be play on odd front defense led up front by lineman #92 Treven Brown, #90 Ben Kalu, and #5 Alec Patton.  In the middle at linebacker will be #9 Conner Murphy and #10 Matt Hall with the outside linebackers being #34 Dontavious Claybrooks and #4 Jordan Brown.  Their secondary will be led by #1 Adonis Otey and #2 Ibrahim Qadar with #8 Jamis Carson and #38 Carrington Little joining them.  Hall has been the team’s leading tackler with 53 stops while fellow linebacker has 41.  Kalu has 34 tackles with 7 of them being for lost yardage.  Carson has recorded 39 tackles with Qadir posting 33 so far this season.


RANKED IN POLLS – Blackman has been ranked all season long and currently sit as the 10th ranked team in both the class 6A poll as well as the Mid-State poll.


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.


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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AROUND REGION 4 – With the regular season ending last week the Region standings are official with Mt. Juliet being the 2017 Region 4 Champions with a perfect 10-0 record.  HHS finished 2nd in the region followed by Rossview, Lebanon, Wilson Central, and Station Camp.  The top four teams qualify for the class 6A playoffs.  Mt. Juliet (10-0) will host Riverdale (8-2) and HHS (6-4) will host Blackman (8-2).  Lebanon (5-5) will travel to Oakland (10-0) and Rossview (6-4) will travel to Cookeville (8-2).


HHS/BLACKMAN SERIES – These two teams met twice prior to this season and after Friday night, they will have doubled that, meeting for the 2nd time this season on Friday night.  The teams split the two meeting coming back in 2001 & 2002 with each winning on their home turf.  The next meeting would be to being this season at Blackman and the Blaze would hammer the COMMANDOS by 35 points.


Biggest Victory – 2 points in 2001 when the COMMANDOS won 23-21 at Memorial Stadium

Worst Defeat – 35 points in 2017 at the Inferno with the Blaze winning 28-63

Longest Winning Streak – 1 game – (2001)

Longest Losing Streak – 2 games – (2002-2017)

Current Streak – Blackman 2 games (2002-2017)

Last Meeting – 2017 with HHS getting beat 28-63 at Blackman


1st ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS – This will be the COMMANDOS 17th trip to the playoffs.  Hendersonville is 14-2 in 1st Round games with the two losses coming in 2002 and 2009.  HHS is 8-1 in 1st Round games played at Memorial Stadium, they won their first 6 1st Round home playoff games before dropping a triple overtime game to Clarksville Northeast in 2009.  HHS was able to get a 1st Round home victory in 2015 by beating Shelbyville 43-20 in the class 5A playoffs.


Biggest 1st Round Victory – 35 points in 2011 with a 55-20 win over Springfield in the 1st Round at Memorial Stadium

Worst 1st Round Defeat – 26 points in 2002 as the COMMANDOS fell at Franklin 7-33

Longest 1st Round Winning Streak – 6 games – 1988-2001

Longest 1st Round Losing Streak – 1 game – 2001 & 2009

Current 1st Round Streak – 5 wins (2010-2015)

Last 1st Round Game – 2015 as HHS was able to capture a 43-20 victory at Memorial Stadium over Shelbyville in the TSSAA class 5A playoffs

Christian, Robert
Robert Christian

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8/17 Blackman Home -
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8/31 Station Camp Home -
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9/14 Lebanon Home -
9/21 Franklin Away -
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10/5 Gallatin Home -
10/12 BYE Home -
10/19 Rossview Away -
10/26 Mt. Juliet Away -
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