Hendersonville - Style points were missing from the West Henderson High effort at Marlow Stadium, but the result was an ugly but effective win on the “Thursday Night Lights” telecast on My 40.
The Falcons made a lot of mistakes and scored just one touchdown, but a swarming defense did all the heavy lifting in a 15-0 win over North Henderson at Marlow Stadium.
The Falcons (6-2, 4-1) limited North Henderson to 37 yards of offense to shut out the Knights for the second time in three years.
The Knights (2-6, 0-5) crossed midfield just once to lose their fifth straight game.
Neither team scored a touchdown in the opening three quarters and there was only one combined pass completion heading into the fourth period.
After earning a first down on their first play from scrimmage, the Knights didn’t get their second first down until early in the fourth period.
The Falcons banged out 346 yards – all on the ground - to earn the Western Mountain Athletic Conference win.
The only touchdown of the game came early in the fourth period when Elijah Nickell scored on a 42-yard run on a second-and-33 play.
The Falcons moved into North Henderson territory on all nine possessions but had eight penalties on plays inside the Knights’ 30-yard line and threw two interceptions inside the 10.
Nickell rushed for 127 yards, Jason Wallace had 110 on the ground and Trenton Gasperson added 79 rushing yards for the Falcons.
A touchdown-free first half in which the teams combined for less than 200 yards of offense ended with West Henderson holding an 8-0 lead.
The Falcons settled for field goals of 32 and 25 yards from Kevin Isidro and got a safety from a low snap on a punt attempt in the end zone.
West moved into Knights’ territory on each of their five first-half possessions but committed six penalties inside the 20-yard line and threw an interception in the end zone to thwart a couple of drives.
The Knights, who have lost several starters to injuries and disciplinary reasons in recent weeks, could mount little offense in the first half.
After a 20-yard run from Kai Anthony on the first play from scrimmage, North Henderson managed just 8 yards and no more first downs the rest of the opening half.
Both teams continue conference play next week. The Falcons host Tuscola and North Henderson travels to Roberson.