The Commandos will play Cookeville at home Friday (Nov. 8) in the opening round of the state Division I Class 6A high school football playoffs.


The winner will advance, while loser will be done for the season.


This is the third year in a row HHS (4-1 in the district, 5-5 overall) has made the playoffs. The Commandos secured the spot after beating Mr. Juliet last week to capture the region championship.


Cookeville (4-3 in the district, 5-5 overall) and their mobile quarterback will be a big challenge for HHS, head coach James Beasley told The Ville News this week.


“Cookeville plays really hard and they like to run the ball with their quarterback,” Beasley said. “Their quarterback is really good, too. He’s a very talented player, so he’s going to be tough for us to defend.”


Commando cornerback Talamas Almonord says the team is up to the test.


“The only thing we have to worry about is executing our plays properly and not messing up on special teams,” said Almonord, a senior.


Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your school spirit AND your warm clothes because with temperatures in the 30s and maybe even the 20s, it’s definitely going to feel like football weather – football weather in Green Bay or in Cleveland!

Story by Corrine Mitchener and Zach Pearson


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