Alec Philpott instructs offensive huddle on critical play late in the second half. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

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Polk’s second half comeback falls short versus Hendersonville

Published 9:03am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Once again, Polk County came out working hard for another dramatic second half comeback attempt Friday, Oct. 26 against Hendersonville.

The Bearcats, however, came out firing on all cylinders from the beginning with four possessions leading to touchdowns. For the second week in a row the Wolverines defensive shut out the opposition in the second half but this time could not generate enough offense. Down 28-13 at the half, the Wolverines fell literally inches short of keeping a game-tying drive alive. Unable to convert on a couple fourth downs late in the game, Polk suffered a tough 28 -20 loss to the Hendersonville Bearcats.

Coach Bruce Ollis was disappointed but proud of the team effort and fans support.

“I am so proud of our football team and the effort we gave in the second half was incredible. (But) we come up short on two fourth down plays, that being the difference in the ballgame,” Ollis said. “They had four possessions in the first half and four touchdowns. We really did not make many adjustments at half time, our kids just played harder. (Against) a very talented team, in Hendersonville, they will have a chance to be the 1A champions.”

Ollis said the Wolverines had several opportunities to stop them earlier in the game, but said a 70-yard run by the Bearcats just before the half diminished Polk’s steam.

“We never got down; we were a little disappointed at half time. Alec Philpott – I don’t know if you can play much harder. On offense, we nickeled and dimed them some, we would get 2 yards here, 3 yards there and 6 yards there (but did not score).”

Ollis was adamant however that the season was not over. 

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