Hendersonville Middle School rolled into Columbus on Thursday with an undefeated football squad that has been steamrolling opponents all season.
The Bearcats quickly showed why.
Hendersonville scored the first three times it touched the ball and went on to post a 56-0 win over Polk County Middle in the regular-season finale for both teams at Polk Middle.
The 7-0 Bearcats, East Division champions, will face defending champion Waynesville next week in the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference championship game.
“They’ve got a great team, and we certainly wish them well next week,” said Polk Middle head coach Billy Alm, who led the Wolverines to the title game last season. “We’d like to see the championship back in the East Division.
“I’m proud of a lot of our guys. They played 150 percent. They were just outmatched.”
Hendersonville scored touchdowns on each of its first two offensive plays and also had a punt return for a score in taking a 22-0 lead by the midpoint of the first period. Polk Middle continued to fight throughout the afternoon and found some offensive success, but in limited amounts against a large, quick Hendersonville defense.
“We couldn’t really get anything going offensively,” Alm said. “Every time we did something, they were so quick and they play good team defense.”
Polk Middle will conclude its season with a playoff game next week against Smoky Mountain. The Wolverines will host on a date to be determined. Both teams enter with 1-6 records, the Mustangs getting their only win earlier this season against Polk.
“We want to end the season with a win,” Alm said. “That’s a team we can beat. We only lost to them by two points earlier this season and that was without our quarterback (Avery Edwards, who was injured).”
POLK JAYVEES FALL: Mitchell scored the final three touchdowns of the game Thursday night to pull away for a 38-24 win over Polk County in junior varsity action at Wolverine Stadium.
Behind two Zane Johnson touchdown passes and an Arnie Twitty run, Polk County built an 18-12 halftime lead. Mitchell scored on its first possession of the second half, but the Wolverines answered when Twitty broke free for a 60-yard scoring sprint with 8:33 left in the quarter.
But the Mountaineers answered with a score, then shut down the Polk offense for the remainder of the game.
Polk County is back in action on Thursday, traveling to Avery for a 7 p.m. game.