NASHVILLE – Hendersonville High senior halfback Mike Harris zipped down the field for a 57-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game against Glencliff.
That play nearly matched the Colts’ total offensive yardage for the night.
Harris picked up two early touchdowns that pushed Hendersonville to a 38-0 lead at halftime as the Commandos rolled to a 45-0 win at B.H. Thompson Stadium.
Glencliff (2-7 overall, 0-6 in Region 6-5A) was limited to 84 yards of total offense and two first downs as the Colts have now gone without a touchdown over their last five contests.
The win for Hendersonville (8-1, 5-1 in Region 6-5A) helps the Commandos keep pace with Hillsboro, which earned a 28-13 win over Gallatin.
“We’re just focusing on the win tonight and nothing else and focusing on next week’s practice and game,” Hendersonville junior tackle Daly Cull said. “We’re like a band of brothers out there.”
Harris’ second touchdown, a five-yard run, gave Hendersonville a 14-0 that was quickly added to with a one-yard quarterback keeper from John Michael Oehlschlaeger, a 46-yard punt return for a touchdown, and an Anthony Hughes eight-yard scoring run.
Jacob Harris booted a 26-yard field goal before the half, and Xavier Fitts ripped off a 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“We had a bunch of kids that got to play tonight that normally doesn’t get to play, and some made some plays, and we’re excited about that,” Hendersonville coach Bruce Hatfield said.
Hendersonville had 15 different ball carriers on the evening who collectively amassed 178 yards on the ground.
Gabe Dalton and Myles Cannon picked off Glencliff signal caller Kaheen Babiry.
“We’ve gotten close up front, and we take everything prideful, and do the best job we can for our team,” Cull said.
Hendersonville takes on Hunters Lane next week at home. A win over Hunters Lane, coupled with a Hillsboro loss next Friday to Beech would give the Commandos the region championship.
“We’re not focused at all on that because that’s something we can’t control,” Hatfield said.
“We had our chance to take care of that, and didn’t do it when we lost to Hillsboro, so we need to take care of what we control.”