Football returned to Mt. Juliet a week sooner than most people realized.
This past Friday night, the Middle Tennessee Heat (0-1) took on St. Andrews-Sewanee (0-0) at the Mt. Juliet Middle School football field. These two teams are part of the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) which is an association of 28 smaller schools from across Tennessee and Kentucky that compete in 11 different sports.
The Middle Tennessee Heat is a local team made up of home schooled students who live in and around Mt. Juliet. Because of the smaller size of the schools, they compete using 8-man football versus the 11 man football that people are more used to watching.
The game started with St. Andrews-Sewanee receiving the kick and marching down the field. On the eighth play of the drive, Sewanee was on the Heat’s 1-yard line with still three downs to score. The Heat stacked the line and caused a fumble with Hughston Kirkpatrick recovering the ball on the 4 yard line. The Heat, who suffered from fumbles all night, fumbled the ball on the next play, giving the ball back to Sewanee who then scored taking a lead of 8-0.
The next drive was all Heat. Jonah Fettig had a great return to their 47 and a 43 yard rush tied the game at 8-8, only taking a little over two minutes to do so.
Sewanee took their next possession down the field and scored again, but were unable to convert the 2-point conversion, so they only led 14-8.
Sewanee wasted no time on their next possession as they took the ball for a touchdown the first play on a 63 yard run. The Heat again crashed the line and stopped the two point conversion. Sewanee now led 20-8.
Seeing that halftime was growing near and that Sewanee was getting tired, the Heat spread out the field and went to the sidelines with Jonah Fettig scoring from 10 yards out. They failed on the 2-point conversion and brought the score to 20-14 where it still was at the half.
With the way the half ended it had the feeling that the momentum had shifted towards the Heat, and the game might come down to who had the ball last. The two teams did not disappoint in the second half and the Heat took the opening drive 65 yards on nine plays to tie the game at 20-20.
Sewanee was not counting themselves out as they took the kickoff back for a touchdown retaking the lead 26-20.
On their next drive the Heat saw a mismatch in the secondary and QB Hughston Kirkpatrick hooked up with Nathan Krebs for passes of 29 and 41 yards and a TD. The Heat regained the lead 28-26.
Sewanee then went on a 5-play, 58 yard drive that took three minutes off the clock to take the lead for good with a score of 34-28.
The Heat had one last drive but was forced to punt. Sewanee got the ball on their 15 and slowly marched down the field running 20 plays and getting seven first downs to run out the clock for a final score 34-28