The Commandos take on Riverdale tonight (Nov. 2) at home in the first round of the state playoffs.

The winner of the 7 p.m. game advances to the next round of the playoffs while the loser is done for the year.

HHS, which finished the regular season with a 7-3 mark, is expected to lean heavily on senior Derek Kincaid, who enters the game with 863 rushing yards, according to The Tennessean newspaper.

Murfreesboro’s Riverdale High, which is 5-5 on the season, is led by running back Drew Smith, who has 1,246 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns, the newspaper reports.

"Riverdale is a very good football team, but if our team plays the way they are capable of playing, there is no reason" HHS can't win the game and move to the next round of the state playoffs, said history teacher and assistant football coach Jack Littlejohn.

Story by Corrine Mitchener

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HHS’ annual canned food drive came up short of its goal this year with 60,584 donated items.

Last year, HHS and its feeder schools collected about 66,000 items and had hoped to surpass 75,000 this time.

Some teachers reportedly chose not to participate this year because no prizes were offered for top collectors.

All food donated during the week-long drive (Oct. 22-26) goes to the Hendersonville Samaritan Association.

Organizers said they were pleased with the results, even if donations were down.

“We would like to thank all of your for helping us make this year’s food drive a success,” business teacher Lisa Baugh wrote in an email to teachers and staff. “You are such a caring and supportive staff, and we appreciate the time you put in to help others in our community!”

Story by Bella McBride

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HHS’ Sparks After School Club plans to head in a new direction following a recent book discussion meeting.

The club is planning to merge a few of its meetings with the Young Women’s Study Circle, a group sponsored by English teacher Carmen Watts.

“I think it would be good to have more diversity in Young Women’s Studies and for them to get a perspective of what it's like for women of color and how we’re similar and different,” Watts said.

She added that she would like to see the two clubs collaborate every so often with members switching back and forth between the two.

The idea came up during the last Sparks meeting, in which members met with Watts and other teachers to discuss the popular book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Sparks member Autumn Starr, a senior, said, “The meeting was great because teachers and students came together to discuss important issues.”

Story by Rianna Waters

    

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