Paul Decker Field was the setting for Tuesday night's clash between White House High School and host Hendersonville High School as the two clubs prepare the 2017 season. The scrimmage marks the second time these two teams have met this offseason with the first matchup coming in a 7-on-7 earlier in July.
The scrimmage was light-hearted, with the main goal being to eliminate mistakes and preparing teams for the flow live-game action. For the most part, the Commandos did that in front of their home crowd.
One notable subtraction from the Commandos offense was wide receiver/split end Anthony Hughes. The senior recently had his knee looked at, and according to head coach Bruce Hatfield he is listed as day-to-day.
"He had knee surgery last week so we will take it day-by-day and see how it goes," he said. "It may be awhile, it may not be; we will see."
The first-team offense took 20-30 snaps, as did the defense trying to get prepped for Friday night's dress rehearsal against Springfield in the East Robertson Jamboree.
"We wanted to make fewer mistakes than what we made," Hatfield stated on what he wanted out of the scrimmage against White House. "We still made mistakes on personnel and we can't do that. We must do a better job of knowing who is on the field and who is off the field; we will get those things corrected. Then we had a couple guys get banged up and that changed a few things that we wanted to do but we will be alright."
The game ended with a 7-0 Hendersonville victory following Reggie Grisham's 80-yard touchdown run on play No. 1.
Following 10 plays by both offenses, the ball clubs moved into goal-line situations where they practiced two-point conversions and field goal attempts. The two teams also elected to practice kickoffs, kick-off returns, punts and punt return.
The Commandos will practice on Wednesday and Thursday this week before Friday night's scrimmage against the Yellow Jackets.
"We try to treat that as much as we can like a normal game," Hatfield said. "We want to make sure we clean up our mistakes against a good Springfield team. We are hopeful to do better. We want to get on and off the field in a quick fashion."