Polk hosts Hendersonville tonight  in football rivalry game

Published 11:31 pm Thursday, November 5, 2015

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This evening’s varsity football match-up between Polk County and Hendersonville will be the Wolverines’ most important game of the season—because, as Polk head coach Jamie Thompson will point out, it’s the next game, and because it’s between strong rivals.

Also, when the Wolverines and Bearcats will face off in Columbus at 7:30, seeding for the state tournament will be at stake. Polk enters the game at 5-5 overall, and 3-2 in Western Highlands Conference games, with Henderson also 5-5, but with a gaudier 4-1 WHC mark. Remember that both Wolverine conference losses were by a point each.

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“They (the Bearcats) are a really good offensive team,” Thompson observed. “They throw the ball around a lot. They have a really good running back,” Thompson noted of Terrold Gary, #20.

Hendersonville can surely score lots of points, but the Bearcats have also given up just slightly more. Last week, Polk thumped Owen, 41-20. While the Bearcats defeated Owen on Oct. 22, it was by 56-42. The Bearcats enter the game at 5-5 overall, and 4-1 in Western Highlands Conference play, while the Wolverines are 5-5 and 3-2.

Hendersonville’s offense will test the Wolverines, who will begin the game at full strength.

Thompson predicted that if Polk wins, the Wolverines will probably be seeded about eighth to eleventh in the region, as the state tournament approaches.