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Four straight wins for Mt. Juliet as they come from behind to beat Overton, 24-21 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Mt. Juliet Golden Bears came into their game against Overton Friday night with a three game winning streak in hand. However, it is probably safe to say that the Bears had not beaten a team of Overton’s stature yet this season. After a very close game throughout, that changed on Friday night as the Bears were able to pick up another huge region win, 24-21 over the Bobcats. The win helped Mt. Juliet extend their record to 4-3 overall, and 3-1 in region play.

The first quarter, and almost the entire first half, saw no scoring from either side. With 3:10 left in the half, Overton threw the first punch. Just barely over a minute later, Overton also threw the second punch. After an Overton touchdown pass to wide receiver Derrick Cane, the Bears found themselves down 14-0 in a matter of minutes.

They did not fold, though. Junior quarterback Joey Hayes led an impressive scoring drive just before the half, capping it with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Trey Pruitt with 18 seconds left before the break. The teams went to the locker room with Overton ahead, 14-7.

It did not take long for the Bears to answer the call in the second half. They received the kick to start the second half, and used a balanced offensive attack to find the end zone and tie the game. Senior running back Jauhar Jackson found pay dirt from two yards out to fully swing the momentum towards the home team.

As good teams do, Overton answered. After a few Mt. Juliet penalties helped the Bobcat offense, they scored again to retake the lead, at 21-14 with 6:39 left in the third quarter.

The Bears were able to get three more points on the board before the end of the quarter, and Overton took a 21-17 led into the final frame of play. With 8:39 remaining, sophomore running back Gabriel Magalei changed the entire complexion of the game, and gave Mt. Juliet their first lead of the night, 24-21. The Bears used the fresh legs of Magalei to run the ball into scoring position before the sophomore found the end zone on a critical third and goal.

On the next series, Mt. Juliet’s defense got a stop on third down. Overton was faced with a 4th and 3 on their own end of the field. As they lined up to punt, Mt. Juliet head coach, Trey Perry, decided to call a timeout as it appeared Overton was gearing up to fake the punt in order to pick up the first down. The Bobcats did end up deciding to punt the ball to the Bears on the next play, giving them a chance to ice the game. 

The Bears used again used a balanced offensive attack on the last drive, and on 4th and 7 at the Overton 17 yard line and just over a minute to play, Perry was faced with a decision. He could take the three points, and give Overton the ball back, needing a touchdown to win, or he could go for it, and finish the game once and for all with a first down. He went for it. “Our logic on it was that we had made them use all of their timeouts, and we also had them pinned. We liked our opportunity to end the game with a first down.” 

The logic worked, as Hayes found junior wide receiver Mason Earls for a first down to secure the win. Earls ended the game with six catches for 89 yards, and nearly all of his receptions seemed to come on critical downs. Hayes finished the game 16 of 24 passing for 194 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson led the rushing attack with 112 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. 

“Friday night was huge in so many ways” said Perry after practice this week. “Most importantly though, it allowed us to complete a football game, including not panicking when we were down early. As I’m sure many people have identified, we beat a good football team on Friday night.” he continued.

Looking ahead to this week, the Bears will be at home again, this time against Antioch. Students will be allowed in to the game for free with presentation of their student ID. “Antioch is another athletic football team that can make you pay if you’re not playing assignment football. We’re a little banged up right now but it’s a good opportunity to see if some guys can help us in the second half of the season.”

Kickoff this Friday is set for 7 p.m. and once again, students enter free with presentation of their student ID. This Friday only.

Wilson Central powers past county rival Lebanon, 30-7 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Wilson Central Wildcats renewed their county rivalry with the Lebanon Blue Devils Friday night. The Wildcats were able to control Lebanon for most of the game, and walked away with a 30-7 victory to improve to 4-3 (2-2) on the season.

The game started slow as both teams tried to get a grip on the nasty field conditions. However, Wilson Central junior running back Tyler Bowes scored the first points of the game with a five yard run giving the Wildcats the 7-0 lead over Lebanon with 11 seconds to go in the first quarter. As the Blue Devils took over after Central scored, they had to settle for a punt after, at one point in the drive it was second down and 44 yards to go. 

Central put together a very good looking drive, capped off by a one yard quarterback keeper by ___  to give the Wildcats a 13-0 lead. Once again, after the Central score, Lebanon could not get anything going on offense and had to settle for a punt. Central got the ball and looked content taking the game to halftime with a 13-0 lead. 

Wilson Central came out of halftime with a mindset of scoring and that’s just what they did. This time senior running back Jordan Wilson punched it in with a six yard touchdown run, giving Wilson Central a 20-0 lead with a little under eight minutes to go in the third quarter. The Wildcats were not done. Bowes scores again, this time on a 83 yard run to left side to increased the  Wildcats lead to 27-0 with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter. 

After a couple of stalled drives by both team Wilson Central found a way to put points on the scoreboard once again. A field goal gives the Wildcats a 30-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Lebanon managed to get some late points on the board when sophomore running back Tyrique Cooper broke off a 60 yard touchdown run. There would be no more points for the rest of the night, and Central was able to end a two game losing streak while picking up their second region win of the season.

Head coach Brad Dedman said of the win, “I was very proud of our team effort Friday night. Our defense was flying around to the football. We were able to win the field position war early on in the game. Very proud of our offensive line, with the weather and field problems we relied heavily on them. It was a great overall team effort.” said Dedman. 

Looking ahead, the Wildcats will host Franklin (3-3, 1-2) this week for another region game. “We will have to play disciplined football with their option attack. They do the little things well. We will have to have a good week of practice.” stated Dedman.

Kickoff between the Wildcats and Rebels this Friday night is set for 7 p.m.

Mt. Juliet vs. Wilson Central PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wilson County’s most passionate football rivalry was in full force Friday night as Mt. Juliet hosted Wilson Central for a highly anticipated 6A Region 3 contest. The Bears controlled the game from the very beginning, and topped Wilson Central 30-3 for their seventh straight win in the series. The Bears have swept both of their major county rivals, Lebanon and Wilson Central, every year since 2008.

Mt. Juliet came out aggressive early, and faked a punt on their first drive of the game. The Bears turned the fake into three points, as they ended up kicking a field goal on the drive, notching the first points of the game for either team. 

Later in the first quarter, junior quarterback Joey Hayes found sophomore wide receiver Aidan Raines for a touchdown. The score marked the ninth time that the tandem has hooked up for a touchdown this season and pushed the Bear lead to 10-0 early. 

After a couple of defensive stops, Bears senior running back Jauhar Jackson found pay dirt on a 35 yard touchdown and 6:58 left in the half, Mt. Juliet found themselves on top of the Wildcats, 17-0. Jackson rushed for 70 yards on the night and was named offensive player of the week by Head Coach Trey Perry.

junior kicker Jacob Bailey, who has been consistent for the Bears all season long, added another field goal before halftime, giving the Bears a 20-0 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, with Mt. Juliet facing a third down in Wilson Central territory, the Bears smelled blood. They ran a reverse pass with Raines, and he threw a 25 yard touchdown to junior Mason Earls, and the lead was increased to 27-0.

The teams would both go on to add field goals before the final whistle, making the final score 30-3, in favor of the Golden Bears.

Wilson Central Head Coach Brad Dedman knows his team must play better down the stretch in order to rebound. “We had too many mistakes, too many turnovers to win this game. We never found our rhythm on offense and we fell for too many trick plays on defense. You can’t give up short fields and expect to win many games.”

Looking ahead to this week, the Wildcats will face another county rival, in Lebanon. “We have to execute better all the way around than we have the last two games. We have to get back to the basics of blocking, tackling, and taking care of the football. We have had way too many turnovers the last two weeks to be very competitive, and this week we have to be able to overcome the distractions of homecoming week.” said Dedman.

As usual, Mt. Juliet Head Coach Trey Perry was very pleased with the win, and also very focused on next weeks’ opponent. “It was a huge win for us, obviously. Special teams played a big part. I was extremely proud of our coaches and players preparation this week, but unfortunately we have to flip the switch to a very talented and well coached Overton team. We would love to see a big home crowd here on Friday night.” said Perry.

With the win, Mt. Juliet improved to 3-3 (2-1) on the year, and as Perry noted, will face a big challenge with Overton (4-2, 2-1) this Friday night. The Wilson Central (3-3, 1-2) will host county rival Lebanon (2-3, 0-2) for homecoming this week. Both kickoffs are set for 7 p.m.

McGavock too much for Wilson Central as Wildcats lose on the road, 42-21 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The Wilson Central Wildcats rode into McGavock high school riding a three game winning streak Friday night. They were not able to extend the streak to four as the McGavock offense proved to be too much for Central in route to a 42-21 loss for the Wildcats. The Wildcats got on the board first with a 73 yard touchdown by senior Jordan Wilson but McGavock was able to answer behind senior running back Kendall Johnson, who had a massive night for the Raiders. Johnson compiled 156 yards on 21 carries and scored five touchdowns for McGavock on the night as the Wildcats just had no answer for him. Wilson Central was able to hang tough for most of the first half, and tied the game at 21 just before halftime. McGavock would get another quick answer from Johnson though, and led at the break, 28-21. The second half saw much more defense from both teams, but especially McGavock as they sniffed out the potent Wilson Central run game for most of the half, and held the Wildcats scoreless for the remainder of the game on the way to the 42-21 win. The Wildcats will now look to rebound on the road against arch-rival Mt. Juliet this Friday night. Central has lost six straight in the rivalry and would love nothing more than to start another winning streak this Friday night. Kickoff at Mt. Juliet high school is set for 7 p.m.
Mt. Juliet blanks Lebanon, 35-0, for seventh straight win over county rival PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Mt. Juliet and Lebanon renewed the longest running gridiron rivalry in Wilson County Friday night, and it went about the same way as it has for a while now for the Bears and Bluedevils. Mt. Juliet defeated Lebanon 35-0 for their seventh straight win in the rivalry. Mt. Juliet head coach Trey Perry was very happy with his players and their effort Friday night, saying “I’m extremely proud of our effort, especially on the defensive side of the football. Shutouts, on any level, are rare in the age of offenses. Also, our offense made some really good adjustments and was able to execute through the air. I’m very proud of the staff and the kids for their execution.” On the Blue Devils first drive of the game, senior quarterback Jarren Stewart was intercepted by Mt. Juliet junior cornerback Jaden White, White’s first of two interceptions for the Bears on the night. It did not take long for the Bears air attack to get going as Joey Hayes found senior wide receiver Jay Murphy for a 57 yard touchdown to get the Bears on the board early. From there, it was all Hayes and Mt. Juliet as the relentless passing attack was too much for Lebanon to overcome. After sophomore running back Gabriel Magelia scored from 13 yards out to make it 14-0 Mt. Juliet, Hayes would go on to find sophomore Aidan Raines twice, and junior Mason Earls for passing touchdowns on the night in route to the 35-0 win. Hayes has had great success with Raines and Earls all season long, and that continued Friday night. Hayes finished the game 20 of 28 passing for 349 yards and four touchdowns. Raines caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, while Earls made seven catches for 105 yards, including a 38 yard touchdown. The Bears will now look ahead to Wilson Central this Friday night, and Perry knows how important this game is for everyone involved “Obviously it is a huge football game for the community but our thoughts remain with the regional race and getting to 2-1. It will be a tough task against a very physical and experienced Wilson Central team.” said Perry. The Bears have won six straight in the series, and are looking to sweep the county for the seventh straight year while also moving up in the region standings. Right now the Bears sit at 1-1 in region play with an overtime loss at Ravenwood and this week’s win over Lebanon. Kickoff between Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central at Mt. Juliet high school this Friday night is set for 7 p.m.
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