Polk County quarterback Aaron Jackson returned from an injury and ran for a score and threw for another in Thursday's loss

A scoreboard shootout finally fell Hendersonville’s way Thursday evening.

The Bearcats held off a determined Polk County squad, taking a 34-30 victory in Mountain Foothills 7 Conference junior varsity football action in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

The teams traded touchdowns throughout the evening, with Hendersonville (2-3, 1-1) taking its 34-30 lead on a score with 9:01 left in the game.

Polk County (0-4, 0-1) immediately began to drive for a potential go-ahead score, reaching the Bearcat 22 before disaster struck, a fumbled snap eventually recovered by Hendersonville with 6:27 remaining. The Bearcats kept the ball for the remainder of the game, denying the Polk offense another opportunity.

The Wolverines opened the scoring early in the first period, with quarterback Aaron Jackson tossing a two-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Simpson, then hitting Zalen McCraw for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

Hendersonville responded, but Polk regained the lead early in the second quarter on a 34-yard Lorenzo Sanchez touchdown jaunt and another 2-point conversion for a 16-8 lead.

Hendersonville cut the margin to 16-14, then got a break on the ensuing kickoff as a long Wolverine return ended in a fumble. The Bearcats recovered, then drove for another score with 2:52 left in the half, building a 20-16 lead that stood at intermission.

The Bearcats upped the lead to 26-16 with a score on the first drive of the third period, but back came the Wolverines. Sanchez scored on another 34-yard run and a Simpson 31-yard punt return set up Jackson’s eight-yard touchdown run, the two scores giving Polk a 30-26 lead with 2:36 remaining in the third.

Polk County is back at home next Thursday, hosting R-S Central for a 7 p.m. kickoff.