Mt. Juliet lost to Gallatin Friday, 24-17, ensuring their first losing season since 2005.
Gallatin jumped out to a 14-0 lead to open the game on a long, 16-play drive to open the game and a fumble recovery in the end zone.
Mt. Juliet cut it in half late in the second quarter after a Kyle Smith 53-yard run set them up at the 14-yard line. Three plays later, Alex Landis found Ahmad Bradley for a 9-yard score to make it 14-7.
Gallatin threatened late in the half, but Mt. Juliet was able to come up with a fumble recovery inside the 10-yard line for the second time in the half to keep the score close.
Gallatin would add a field goal in the second half to stretch the lead to 17-7.
Another big play by Smith set up another Landis to Bradley score in the fourth quarter. Landis found Smith on a swing pass for 61 yards to move the Bears down to the 20-yard line. Four plays later, Landis got Bradley on a slant for 11 yards and a Bears score, making it 17-14, with just 8:56 left in the game.
Gallatin was able to answer with a score of their own to push the lead back out to 24-14.
Mt. Juliet was able to get some points on the board late in the fourth, as Jacob Bailey kicked a 26-yard field goal to cut the lead to 24-17. However, Mt. Juliet wasn’t able to come up with the onside kick, and Gallatin ran out the clock.
Mt. Juliet will close out the season Friday as they host Portland. The Bears will be celebrating both Homecoming and Senior Night.