From Staff Reports for The News Examiner
Beech High and Hendersonville have built up quite the rivalry over the years, and a new chapter is waiting to be written this week.
The Region 6-5A rivals will clash on Friday evening, with kickoff at Memorial Stadium scheduled for 7 p.m.
It’s worth more than just bragging rights since the winner will have a 2-0 record in regional play and gained an edge for their postseason hopes.
“Our guys always want to perform well when we play a Station Camp, Hendersonville or Gallatin,” Beech head coach Anthony Crabtree said. “I think our guys always think that they’ve got something to prove, and hopefully, they’ll respond and stand up to the challenge.”
The Buccaneers (2-1 overall, 1-0 in Region 6-5A) took care of business last week, forcing six turnovers in a 48-0 rout of Glencliff, while Hendersonville piled up more than 400 rushing yards in a 42-25 victory over Cane Ridge.
“Without question, (Beech) is always tough and physical and well-coached,” Hendersonville head coach Bruce Hatfield said. “I think Coach Crabtree does a phenomenal job. We expect the same every year. They’re going to be sound in what they do, and we’ll have to have a good week of practice.”
Beech is eager to avenge last year’s 28-27 loss at Hendersonville, when the Buccaneers failed on a potential game-winning two-point conversion in the final seconds.
Neither team is likely to be surprised by the other one.
“We’ve been playing each other for so long,” Crabtree said. “I guess they’ve kind of seen all the different things we do through the years. They don’t really change what they do a whole lot.”
The Commandos (3-0, 1-0) moved up a spot in this week’s Associated Press Class 5A Statewide Prep Football Poll. Hendersonville now sits in the No. 2 spot, which puts an even bigger target on the Commandos’ backs.
“The biggest thing is that (Hendersonville) is an extremely good football team this year,” Crabtree said. “They’re a really dominant football team.”
Beech senior tailback Rodrick Napper scored two more touchdowns last week, bringing his season total to eight in three games. Slowing Napper, and the rest of the Buccaneer ground game, will be a key for the Commandos.
“We’ll really have to concentrate on being good tacklers and being in the right spots and playing our techniques,” Hatfield said.
Gallatin (3-0) at Henry County (2-1)
Kickoff at 7 p.m at Patriot Stadium
Last week: The visiting Green Wave rolled to a 54-6 victory at Hunters Lane. The visiting Patriots rolled to a 43-0 victory at Clarksville Northeast.
Last meeting between the two programs: Gallatin captured a 35-14 victory at Henry County in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs in 2009.
The Green Wave may face their biggest test to this point as perennial Class 5A power Henry County threatens Gallatin’s unbeaten mark.
While the Wave had to win close contests the first two weeks, last week was considerably easier against winless Hunters Lane.
It was the same scenario for the Patriots last Friday as they claimed a blowout victory after suffering a 20-3 loss to visiting Liberty Tech Magnet in their season opener, followed by a 22-20 win over visiting Houston.
Henry County – which won Class 5A state championships in 2011 and 2013 – had a pair of 100-yard rushers last week in sophomores Caleb McCutcheon (14 carries-117 yards-1 touchdown) and Lukas Reynolds (13-111-4), and junior quarterback Knox Davis passed for 59 yards and rushed for 54 yards.
It is Gallatin’s final non-region game as the Green Wave will conclude the regular season by facing six consecutive regional foes.
White House (2-1) at Greenbrier (1-2)
Kickoff at 7 p.m at Bobcat Field
Last week: The Blue Devils suffered a 28-17 loss to visiting Portland. The visiting Bobcats rolled to a 34-7 victory at Goodpasture.
Last meeting between the two programs: White House captured a 32-18 victory at Greenbrier last season.
The Blue Devils scored the first 10 points of last Friday’s loss to rival Portland but were then outscored 28-7 the rest of the way.
White House continued to play without senior quarterback Steven Rankin, who missed his second consecutive game with a leg injury.
The Bobcats picked up their first victory last Friday, following a 41-6 loss at Springfield and a 36-28 setback to visiting Portland.
White House and Greenbrier have been in the same district/region for the last 10 seasons, but now, Greenbrier is in Class 3A as the Blue Devils remained in 4A.
White House has won the last four meetings between the two rivals and nine of the last 10 contests. The Bobcats’ lone victory during that span came on their home field in 2010, a 28-21 win.
White House Heritage (0-3) at Portland (2-1)
Kickoff at 7 p.m at Edgar Johnson Stadium
Last week: The Patriots suffered a 35-28 loss at Christ Presbyterian Academy. The visiting Panthers captured a 28-17 victory at White House.
Last meeting between the two programs: Never played.
The Panthers have won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2012 season, when they defeated Lebanon and Gallatin in consecutive weeks.
Portland piled up 374 yards of total offense – 263 of which came via its rushing attack – in last Friday’s come-from-behind win over rival White House.
White House Heritage’s first three opponents have a combined record of 8-1. The Patriots suffered a 28-7 loss to White House in their season opener, followed by a 20-7 setback at Nashville Christian (which is ranked second in Class 1A in the Associated Press Statewide Prep Football Poll).
Despite losing, the Patriots had their best performance last Friday, rushing for 333 yards against the defending Class 3A state champion and the team currently ranked atop of AP Poll in 3A.
White House Heritage – which won District 9-AA last season and reached the second round of Class 3A playoffs – trailed 21-0 but battled back behind the 176-yard, two-touchdown effort of senior fullback Kyle Fuhrer.
The Panthers haven’t won three consecutive games since reeling off five consecutive victories to start the 2005 campaign.
Community (2-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 4-2A) at Westmoreland (0-3, 0-1)
Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium
Last week: The Vikings captured a 30-26 victory at Jackson County. The Eagles suffered a 35-7 loss at Forrest.
Last meeting between the two programs: Never played.
The Eagles are in the midst of a three-game losing streak for the first time since opening the 2011 season with three consecutive setbacks.
Westmoreland – which is celebrating homecoming on Friday – hasn’t had a losing skid of longer than that since dropping their first seven contests of the 2010 campaign.
The Eagles rushed for 234 yards last Friday but managed just seven points and gave up more than 300 yards to the unbeaten Rockets. Westmoreland has scored 29 points through three games while giving up 68 over the last two weeks.
Community has never had a winning season.
However, the Vikings have put last season’s winless campaign behind them, winning their first two contests (including a 53-14 victory over Cannon County in their season opener) for the first time since the program started varsity competition in 2007.
Senior Darian Pride – a 6-foot-3, 184-pound running back who also lines up at quarterback and wide receiver at times – returned a kickoff for a touchdown last Friday and had a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave his squad the win. Pride also had a 49-yard run late in the first half.
Community has never won three consecutive games, having produced a total of 11 wins in the program’s history.
Father Ryan (2-1 overall, 0-1 in Division II-Class AA East/Middle Region) at Pope John Paul II (1-2, 0-1)
Kickoff at 7 p.m. at Jim Carell Athletic Complex
Last week: Father Ryan suffered a 41-7 loss to visiting McCallie. Pope John Paul II suffered a 49-7 loss at Brentwood Academy.
Last meeting between the two teams: The Knights suffered a 34-24 loss at Father Ryan last season.
The Bishop’s Cup has rarely changed hands in recent years as Father Ryan has won eight of the previous nine meetings between the Irish and the Knights.
Both teams are coming off of decisive region losses last week.
The Knights committed four turnovers in their loss at Brentwood Academy, and junior quarterback Ben Brooks accounted for the only touchdown on a short run late in the contest.
Father Ryan struggled on offense against the Blue Tornado as McCallie’s defense limited the Irish to 157 yards of total offense.
Rossview (2-1) at Station Camp (0-3)
Kickoff at 7 p.m.
Last week: Rossview suffered a 24-6 loss to visiting Brentwood. Station Camp suffered a 26-24, double-overtime loss at Hillsboro.
Last meeting between the two teams: Never played.
Station Camp’s misfortune in close games continued last week as Hillsboro rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and the Burros eventually prevailed in the second extra session.
The Bison have lost all three ga,es by a combined total of four points.
“I told the kids at halftime that we weren’t out to play Hillsboro close or play for a moral victory,” Station Camp head coach Shaun Hollinsworth said. “We’re out here to win every game we step out on the field to play, and the kids fought hard. We’ve got to get some things shored up in all three phases of the game.”
Junior quarterback Tyler Thompson accounted for three touchdowns (one passing and two rushing), and the Bison special teams came up big in overtime, blocking an extra point that would have given the Burros the victory.
However, the Bison now have to find a way to slow the Hawks, who two weeks ago put up 48 points at Beech as senior quarterback Jordan Justice threw for six touchdowns.
“We’re playing a very talented Rossview bunch,” Hollinsworth said. “They’ve got a very active defense and a potent offense.”
Last week, Brentwood found a way to slow the Rossview attack, doing so by rushing for 253 yards against the Hawk defense and keeping the Rossview offense on the sidelines.
Beech-Hendersonville Series History
1983 Hendersonville 14-3
1984 Hendersonville 17-13
1985 Beech 30-6
1986 Beech 7-6
1987 Hendersonville 18-0
1988 Hendersonville 38-10
1989 Hendersonville 40-13 (Beech gets the win by forfeit)
1990 Hendersonville 28-0
1991 Hendersonville 14-7
1992 Hendersonville 35-34
1993 Hendersonville 34-13
1994 Hendersonville 24-21
1995 Beech 29-8
1996 Hendersonville 17-10
1997 Hendersonville 35-3
1998 Hendersonville 38-7
1999 Hendersonville 20-0
2000 Beech 21-3
2001 Hendersonville 27-0
2002 Beech 17-13
2003 Beech 43-42
2004 Hendersonville 42-14
2005 Beech 16-14
2006 Beech 26-21
2007 Beech 24-10
2008 Beech 16-3
2009 Beech 21-9
2010 Hendersonville 16-15 (OT)
2011 Hendersonville 23-6
*2011 Hendersonville 23-22
2012 Beech 28-21
2013 Hendersonville 42-14
2014 Hendersonville 28-27
*TSSAA playoff game
Hendersonville leads the series 21-11.