Friday Night Lights in the City by the Lake

Cooler temperatures and colorful leaves herald the arrival of one of the best times of the year: football season. From pee-wee leagues through the NFL, no other sport captivates Hendersonville like football. The rampant enthusiasm for the sport is most evident on Friday nights through the tradition that is high school football. With five area teams, locals are sure to find at least one they can root for this fall.

To help our readers get fired up for Friday nights lights, Hendersonville Lifestyle Magazine is delighted to provide you with this overview of your favorite area teams.

Hendersonville High School

For the first time in two decades, the Hendersonville Commandos will take to the gridiron with a new leader. After former coach Bruce Hatfield left to join the college staff at Tennessee Tech, longtime Hendersonville defensive coordinator James Beasley was promoted to the head coach position.

Last season, Hendersonville finished with an overall record of 6-5 in TSSAA Division I Class 6A Region 4 action before falling to Rutherford County powerhouse Blackman. Key matchups in 2018 include traditional cross-county rivals Station Camp, Beech and Gallatin. Other region opponents include Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central.

The Commandos will be led by a senior trio featuring running back Derrick Kincaid, tight end Austin Halis and cornerback Nate Hancock.

2018 Hendersonville Schedule                                                        

Date/Time                 Opponent                  Location

8/17                           Blackman                    Home

8/24                           Centennial                   Away

8/31                           Station Camp              Home

9/07                           Beech                          Away

9/14                           Lebanon                      Home

9/21                           Franklin                       Away

9/28                           Wilson Central             Home

10/05                         Gallatin                       Home

10/12                         Bye

10/19                         Rossview                     Away

10/26                         Mt. Juliet                     Away


Beech High School

The Beech High School Buccaneers are eager to return to the playing field this fall after finishing with an overall record of 14-1 (10-0 in the regular season) during the 2017 campaign. Led by two-time state championship head coach Anthony Crabtree, the Beech Buccaneers are eager to keep up the momentum that resulted in being runners-up in the 2017 TSSAA Class 5A football finals.

The Buccaneers open their schedule at home against Wilson Central, followed by away games at Henry County (played at Austin Peay State University) and Glencliff. Other key matchups include region games against Glencliff, Hillsboro, Gallatin and Hillwood, as well as local rivals Hendersonville and Station Camp.

Beech will be led by the senior duo of running back/linebacker Aaron Foxx and tight end Davis Ward. The Buccaneers will also be counting on strong contributions from junior defensive end Delaney Williams.

2018 Beech Schedule                                                    

Date/Time                 Opponent                  Location

8/17                           Wilson Central            Home

8/24                           Henry County              Away

8/31                           Glencliff                      Away

9/07                           Hendersonville            Home

9/14                           Hunters Lane              Home

9/21                           Springfield                  Home

9/28                           Hillsboro                     Away

10/05                         Station Camp              Away

10/12                         Bye

10/19                         Gallatin                       Away

10/26                         Hillwood                     Home                                                           


Station Camp High School

During the 2017 campaign, the Station Camp Bison struggled in Class 6A Region 4, posting a 1-9 record. Guided by longtime head coach Shaun Hollinsworth, the Bisons are looking to be much more competitive than last season. 

After opening the season with a home matchup against Nashville Antioch, the Bison will be tested by local rivals Gallatin and Hendersonville during weeks two and three. Other key games for Station Camp include Beech, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon.

The Bison will be led by a trio of seniors, including wide receiver/cornerback Nyan Alexander, defensive tackle/offensive lineman Zion Ware and strong safety/running back Kannon Vanderburg.

2018 Station Camp Schedule                                                          

Date/Time                 Opponent                  Location                                                           

8/17                           Antioch                        Home

8/24                           Gallatin                        Home

8/31                           Hendersonville            Away

9/07                           Springfield                   Away

9/14                           Rossview                     Home

9/21                           Hunters Lane               Away

9/28                           Lebanon                      Away

10/05                         Beech                          Home

10/12                         Bye

10/19                         Mt. Juliet                      Home

10/26                         Wilson Central             Away

Gallatin High School

In 2017, the Green Wave posted a regular season record of 7-4 in DI Class 5A Region 6 before bowing out in a first-round playoff game against Page. This year, Gallatin hopes to once again reach and go deep in the TSSAA playoffs under 7th-year head coach Mark Williams. 

As usual, the Green Wave have depth at major positions, with several returning senior starters, including quarterback Ander Sloan, running back/strong safety Reggie Morris and defensive end/fullback Bailey Silcox.

The Green Wave opens its 2018 campaign against out-of-county foe Springfield. Other contests of note include games against county rivals Station Camp, Beech and Hendersonville.

2018 Gallatin Schedule                                                           

Date/Time                 Opponent                  Location                                                           

8/17                           Springfield                  Away

8/24                           Station Camp             Away

8/31                           Hillsboro                     Home

9/07                           Mt. Juliet                    Home

9/14                           Hillwood                     Away

9/21                           Wilson Central            Home

9/28                           Hunters Lane              Home

10/05                         Hendersonville            Away

10/12                         Bye

10/19                         Beech                          Home

10/26                         Glencliff                       Away

 Pope John Paul II High School (JPII)

During the 2017 campaign, the JPII Knights posted a record of 5-5 in the DII Class 3A East/Middle Region. Led by head football coach Justin Geisinger, JPII will once again take on some of the major DII football powerhouses in Tennessee this fall, including traditional rivals Father Ryan; Ensworth; MBA; and the last three seasons’ state champions, Brentwood Academy.

Players to watch this season will be seniors quarterback Ben Nixon and running back/linebacker Dallas Darden. Junior kicker Rielly Zahn will also play a key role in the success of the Knights.

2018 Pope John Paul II Schedule                                                           

Date/Time                  Opponent                  Location                                                          

8/17                            Whites Creek               Home

8/24                            Lipscomb                     Away

8/31                            Brentwood Acad.        Away

9/07                            Father Ryan                 Home

9/14                            Baylor                          Home

9/21                            MBA                            Away

10/04                          Hillwood                     Home

10/19                          Ensworth                     Home

10/26                          Goodpasture               Away