Polk County’s junior varsity knocked off Hendersonville on Thursday, going to Dietz Field and earning a 14-12 victory.
The Wolverines (3-1) got two key extra points from Isaac Hernandez to secure their third straight win, all on the road. Polk County is back at home next Thursday, hosting East Rutherford at 7 p.m.
Polk County scored the game’s first points on the initial play of the first quarter. Casey Beiler plunged through the middle for a 2-yard scoring run to cap an 11-play, 55-yard drive. Hernandez made it 7-0 with 9:56 left in the period.
Hendersonville gained possession and drove inside the Polk 20, but the Wolverine defense stiffened there and stopped a fourth-down pass attempt. The Wolverines then proceeded to drive 81 yards in 10 plays, keyed by a 25-yard pass from Beiler to Mackus Simpson, before Beiler lofted a 21-yard touchdown strike to Jacob Knighton. Hernandez was again good on the extra point, giving Polk a 14-0 lead with 1:30 left in the half.
The Bearcats returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a score, but failed to convert their 2-point extra point attempt, leaving the score at 14-6.
Polk County drove inside the Hendersonville 20 late in the third quarter before a turnover stopped the drive. Hendersonville took advantage of the miscue, getting a 57-yard touchdown pass with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter. But, again, Polk County stopped the 2-point attempt, preserving the lead at 14-12.
The Bearcats’ attempt at an onside kick failed to cover the required 10 yards, and Polk County never gave the ball back, running out the final four minutes to clinch the win.