Hendersonville Commando fans were hopeful for more of the same Hendersonville squad that showed up Friday evening against Siegel, but the visiting Oakland Patriots would have none of that, blasting the black and gold 28-7 in Hendersonville's second scrimmage of the preseason.
"We got exactly what we thought we would," Hendersonville head coach Bruce Hatfield said about getting a good challenge from Oakland. "We thought we would respond a little bit better and that is disappointing but sometimes that happens and that is my responsibility as head football coach. We will go back tomorrow and get ready for next week."
Back-to-back Rutherford County schools have been the theme for the Commandos preseason action in hopes of getting them prepared for their Week 1 slate at Blackman. The Blaze come in as a favorite to compete for the 6-A title
The down-and-distance, hour long scrimmage with the Patriots gave the Commandos plenty to work on offensively and defensively, with a few highlight plays mixed in.
Senior corner Nate Hancock registered the defense's only turnover of the day with his interception, stalling the Patriots first drive.
Following touchdowns on the next two drives from Oakland, Hendersonville strung together an 80-yard touchdown drive fueled by timely plays. Grabs by Gabe Dalton and Anthony Hughes set quarterback Brett Coker two-yard scramble to the left pylon bringing the score to 14-7 Patriots.
Oakland scored two more touchdowns, easily putting the game to rest before both teams opted for junior varsity action.
"I didn't like how we approached the scrimmage today," said Hatfield on what he displeased the most. "Our body language, we were quiet, we were docile, and usually high school young men when you are ready to play you can tell, regardless of the circumstances we have to find a way to get tougher."
The tilt with Oakland was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, but a busy work day required Hendersonville to move the contest up 24 hours.