Briggs rushes for 187 yards, 2 touchdowns in 27-8 win
GALLATIN - The Gallatin Green Wave are 8-0 for the first time since 2006 following a 27-8 win over county rival Hendersonville Friday night at the Wave Yard.
Senior running back Spencer Briggs rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
“I think Malachi [McDowell] is capable of coming in at any time and giving us good reps, but there is no doubt that six is our work horse and we are going to ride him,” Gallatin head coach Chad Watson said.
Gallatin accumulated 326 total yards on the night with 293 coming on the ground.
“I really think we got after it this week in practice,” Watson said of his team’s preparation after the bye-week. “ I think this week was the best week of practice we had since Hillsboro, and I think the break really did our guys some good. It gave them a chance to refocus, and as long as that I happens I think we will be tough to beat.”
Gallatin jumped out to a 7-0 on their first offensive series of the game when Briggs raced 46 yards down the sideline before Trace Kelley knocked in his first of three extra-points.
Kelley also nailed field goals from 25 and 40-yards in the victory.
“Trace is a great weapon to have,” Watson said. “I honestly think he will be kicking at the next level.”
Kelley put Gallatin up 13-0 with his right leg before Jaylen Grimmett caught a 47-yard pass from Montez Banks to put the Green Wave up 20-0 with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Gallatin added their final touchdown of the game with 5:30 left on a 5-yard run from Briggs.
Hendersonville responded well on their final drive, scoring a touchdown against a defense that hadn’t surrendered a point in four games.
Taking over at their 20-yard line, Hendersonville marched down the field with big plays from Logan Spurrier to set up the Commandos inside the Wave 5-yard line. Drew Hohenbrink punched in a quarterback sneak for the touchdown.
Keion Stafford added the two-point conversion for Hendersonville bringing the score to 27-8.
Disappointed with his team’s turnovers, penalties, and lack of execution, head coach James Beasley mentioned that his team must be better this week if they want to accomplish their goals of getting to the post-season.
“We had chances in the first half but we just couldn’t capitalize on them,” he said. “We turned the ball over in areas where we had chances to score and just didn’t get it done. We must be better this week in practice than we were last week. Hopefully we can practice the way we want to try and go on the road and win next week.”
Senior Logan Spurrier led the Commandos with 63 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards.
“Logan is a good ball player,” Beasley said. “All of our backs do a good job of making plays, but ultimately we couldn’t get the job done tonight.”
Week 10 action will see Hendersonville travel to Rossview for a very important Region 4-6A game while Gallatin will travel to Beech for the Region 6-5A championship.
“This week is a huge week of practice for us, and that goes without saying,” Watson added. “You never rise to the occasion you always fall back on your training so we must make sure we are well prepared in our practices this week. Beech is a powerhouse and we know that but we are going to worry about Gallatin and being the best versions of ourselves. What about those 8-0 Green Wave. It’s been a long time since we were 8-0 and so I hope our kids are enjoying winning.”