Wilson Central started their quest for another playoff spot Friday and hit the road to play the Hendersonville Commandoes.
After a back and forth first half, the Commandoes were able to keep the Wildcats off the board in the second, en route to a 28-14 victory.
Hendersonville kicked off to start the game on a beautiful Friday night, and then forced the Wildcats to punt on their first possession of the 2013 season. The Commadoes then got behind a tough read option running game, and struck first with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter, on a 12-yard touchdown from Junior Cameron Turner.
Central, however, struck right back on their very first play from scrimmage as senior quarterback Jordan Roundtree found senior wide receiver Alex Price deep for a 71 yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter.
With just under 12 minutes remaining in the half, Wilson Central found themselves threatening with a chance to take the lead. On 3-and-goal from the four yard line, but Roundtree’s pass to the end zone was picked off by junior safety Braden Schwerdt.
The teams would then trade touchdown drives. Jeremiah Elston found Justin Moore on a 43-yard score for Hendersonville, and Central would get a 4-yard run by Kaleb Butler. The 14-14 score would stick until the half.
Hendersonville contolled the second half, holding the Wildcats out of the end zone.
Central fell behind 21-14 with 4:51 left in the third on an Anthony Tate TD.
Hendersonville would get another interception, and three plays later, Hendersonville was in the end zone, making it 28-14. That score would hold up as the final, as the Wildcats dropped to 0-1 on the young season.
Senior wide out Alex Price was a bright spot for Wilson Central in the loss, as he hauled in three receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown to go along with six rushes for 72 yards, giving him 202 total yards from scrimmage on the night.
For Hendersonville, the ground game led the way. Senior Corey Jones and junior Cameron Turner led the way combining for 29 carries for 227 yards rushing.
Wilson Central will be on the road again next week as they travel to La Vergne. It will be the second of five straight road games to open the season for Wilson Central. Kickoff is 7 p.m.