Mt. Juliet dominated the second half, and had over 400 yards rushing in a 42-0 win over Gallatin Friday.It is the biggest margin of victory Mt. Juliet has ever had over Gallatin, surpassing last year’s 32-point victory, 52-20.
The Bears jumped up quick after the Gallatin punter bobbled the snap, and Kyle Grace tackled him at the 15-yard-line.
Three plays later, Austin Chaplin was in the end zone on a 2-yard run.
Grace came up big again on the next Gallatin drive as he intercepted a Green Wave pass and returned it to the 14-yard-line.
Two Contrez McCathern runs got another Bear score, and they led 14-0.
Gallatin settled in for the rest of the half on defense, as they held the Bears in check and didn’t let them score.
That wouldn’t last through the second half.
Mt. Juliet looked poised to score on their first drive of the second half, but a fumble gave it to the Green Wave.
It didn’t matter as the Bears stopped Gallatin and got the ball back.
Three runs, capped off by an Austin Chaplin 30-yard run, put the Bears up 21-0.
Gallatin went three-and-out again, and the Bears went back to business.
A big run by quarterback Nolan Chowbay moved Mt. Juliet down to the 5-yard-line.
McCathern plunged in from five yards out to push the score out to 28-0.
The reserves got their chance from that point out and made their mark.
Connor Hopkins got a touchdown run, and Peyton Haynes returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.
Mt. Juliet had 425 yards rushing in the contest, led by McCathern with 146 on 15 carries.
Chaplin had 116 yards on nine carries.
Cody Carr and Kenneth Clemmons led the defense with seven tackles apiece.
The Bears also had three interceptions.
It was the Bears third shutout of the season.
They also shut out Lebanon and La Vergne this season.
Mt. Juliet will return home Friday to host Station Camp. Kickoff is 7 p.m.