Donnell Brown, Jaden Thorton, Kyle DuVall, Aaron Baker and John Rucks, the Commandos’ offensive line, bullied Gallatin’s defensive front Friday night as Hendersonville compiled over 400 yards on the ground in their 46-0 win. 

Friday’s 46 point loss was the most lopsided Gallatin-Hendersonville score since 2014, when the Green Wave fell by 42, 56-14. Friday night’s shutout also marked the second time in three seasons the Commandos have held the Green Wave scoreless.

Hendersonville didn’t just win Friday night, they dominated. Physically the Commandos brought the boom to both sides of the ball, and their playmakers were too much for the Gallatin defense to handle.

“They completely dominated the game tonight, and you see that in the score,” Green Wave head coach Chad Watson said. “I need to do a better job. I’m not getting these kids ready to play, and that is on me.”

When the offensive line dominates in a way where you are not being touched until at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage, it makes for a fun night running the ball. 

Brent Rowe scored two touchdowns for the Commandos while Ellis Ellis, Torin Baker, Keion Stafford and Josh Ferguson added one score. Ellis also tackled Gallatin’s Montez Banks in the end zone for a Commando safety, and placekicker Andrew Martin connected on a 30-yard field goal and five extra-points.

“We worked hard this week to try and prepare for the level of intensity a game like this brings, I thought they responded well,” Hendersonville head coach James Beasley said. “Our offensive line did an excellent job, and I think as the game went along, we played even better and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” 

Defensively the Commando front was as dominant, recording four sacks, forced multiple three-and-outs, recorded more than a handful of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and kept the Wave 0-for-2 on 4th downs. 

“We came off the ball well tonight and the players executed the way we know how,” Beasley said. “Both of our fronts played well tonight.”

Commando quarterback Luke Manning looked sharp on a few throws and made excellent reads on his run-pass-option calls. 

“He did a good job tonight and is continuing to get better as we move forward in the season. We love the way he is playing right now,” Beasley said. 

The game started back-and-forth as neither team could gain any momentum. 

Leading 10-0 at the break thanks to a Rowe touchdown and Martin field goal, Beasley said the team talked about capitalizing on the opportunities they would receive in the second half. 

“We missed on a couple of those opportunities in the first half, but I thought we came out in the second half and executed well,” he said. 

The Commandos welcome Rossview to town next Friday for a critical Region 4-6A matchup before traveling to Mt. Juliet for the regular-season finale. If the Commandos can take down the Hawks next week, they will secure a home playoff game in round one. 

Gallatin, on the other hand, is reeling. After starting the season 3-0, the Green Wave have lost five-in-a-row and are in danger of suffering a losing season. 

“They completely dominated the game tonight, and you see that in the score,” Green Wave head coach Chad Watson said. “I need to do a better job. I’m not getting these kids ready to play, and that is on me.”

Gallatin welcomes Beech next week for the Region 6-5A championship before closing out their regular season against Glencliff. 

 

Scoring - Hendersonville 

 

1Q: Brent Rowe 1-yard touchdown. 

 

7-0

 

2Q: Andrew Martin 30-yard field goal. 

 

10-0

 

3Q:  Ellis Ellis tackles Montez Banks in the end zone for the safety.

 

12-0

 

3Q: Brent Rowe 22-yard touchdown.

 

19-0

 

3Q: Ellis Ellis 30-yard touchdown.

 

26-0

 

3Q: Torin Baker 5-yard touchdown.

 

33-0

 

4Q: Keion Stafford 18-yard touchdown.

 

40-0

 

4Q: Josh Ferguson 30-yard touchdown.

 

FINAL: 46-0

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