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Bears blast Blue Devils, 56-23 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet’s offense came out clicking on all cylinders Friday night, as they opened the season with a 56-23 win over Lebanon. 

The Bears were never forced to punt and nearly hit 500 yards of offense on the night. The Bear defense also came up with four interceptions. 

The first drive started with a mistake. The fourth play into the season, Nolan Chowbay was sacked and coughed up the football. Lebanon jumped out, but immediately gave it back to the Bears. The Blue Devils tossed it to Taye Davis who attempted a halfback pass. However, Zach McConnell was waiting for it and snatched the interception. 

After a few runs, and a 24-yard Chowbay pass to Kyle Mahler, Jahuar Jackson rumbled down to the three yard line with a 34-yard run. Darius Lowery punched it in on the Wildcat formation, and the Bears had their first score of the year. 

After a Lebanon punt, Mt. Juliet once again put together a long drive, 70 yards on eight plays, capped off once again by Lowery on a 3-yard Wildcat run. 

After Lebanon got on the board in the second quarter with a field goal to make it 14-3, the Bears went back to work. Lebanon tried but failed on an onside kick, giving the Bears the short field. Four plays later, Chowbay found Austin Simpson for a 16-yard score, and a 21-3 lead. 

Lebanon answered on just three plays as a Jarren Stewart 45-yard scramble set the Blue Devils up. Two receptions later and Lebanon cut the lead to 21-10. 

It didn’t last long as Mt. Juliet just needed three plays of  their own thanks to a Mahler 46-yard run. Jackson got the 11-yard score to give Mt. Juliet the 28-10 halftime lead. 

A short field once again on the Bears’ first drive in the second half led to another quick score. Chowbay found Lowery on a 20-yard touchdown to make it 35-10. 

Lebanon put together a long drive to cut the score to 35-17, but the Bears answered quickly once again with a three play, 59-yard drive. Mahler scored on a 20-yard run and the Bears pushed it out to 42-17. 

Mt. Juliet was able to get two more scores in the fourth on touchdown runs by Joey Hayes and Colin Williams. 

Mahler led the way for the Bears with 147 total yards, 123 of it on the ground. Chowbay threw for 144 yards and two scores. 

Mt. Juliet will hit the road for the first time next week as they travel to Antioch. Antioch started the season with a 20-0 loss to Cane Ridge. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday. 

Early turnovers hurt Wilson Central in 45-7 loss to Hendersonville PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Early mistakes lead to a 24-point first quarter for Hendersonville as Central fell in their opener, 45-7. 

Central won the toss and deferred to the second half. The reigning state runner-up Hendersonville took the opening possession and systematically moved the ball down the field, stalling at the Wildcat’s 14 yard line, where the defense was able to hold. The Commandos were able to take an early 3-0 lead with a successful 30-yard field goal by Bryce DeGuira.

On Central’s second offensive play they fumbled the ball on a reverse giving Hendersonville the ball on the 12-yard line.  Three plays later Hendersonville fumbled into the end zone but a Commando jumped on the ball giving the Commandos a 10-0 lead.

On Central’s next possession, they again fumbled the ball, but this time did not lose it. They did however go three and out. Central’s punt was returned by the Commandos to the 10-yard line and Hendersonville scored on the very next play, taking a 17-0 lead with just over five minutes to go in the first quarter.

Central again went three and out, but was able to get a good punt, placing the Commandos around mid field this time. This did not matter as the Commandos took only five plays to find the end zone again, taking a 24-0 lead in to the second quarter. Central ended the quarter with negative yards of offense.

Central was able to gain composure in the second half. Their defense only gave up one score and forced a punt and had a fumble recovery the other two times they saw the field. Central’s offense was able to sustain two long drives but they did not result in any points on the board.  Central trailed 31-0 at the half.

Central gained some confidence as they were able to find the end zone for the first time this year in the second half. They were able to get a good drive behind their offensive line as Jordan Wilson and Weston Roundtree pounded the ball down the field.  Starting quarterback Cody Ray also got in on rushing as he scampered down the field for a 34 yard gain. Ultimately Roundtree found the end zone on a 4-yard run. However the Commandos found the end zone twice. Central went into the fourth quarter down 45-7, but did have the ball.

Central’s defense stepped up and was able to keep the Commandos out of the end zone for the fourth quarter. However, Central’s offense was not able to find the end zone either. 

Next week Central continues their five game home stand to open the season with a visit from LaVergne (0-1) who is coming off a 28-7 loss from Smyrna. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Heat drop opener in high scoring affair, 66-58 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

High school football officially returned to Mt. Juliet this past Friday night as the Middle Tennessee Heat took on the Western Kentucky Warriors.  

These two teams play 8 man football.  Because of their size, most players on these teams play on both sides of the ball.  The Heat dressed 19 players while the Warriors only dressed 15 players. However, the Heat only had 13 players left at the end of the game as six players were injured during the game.

The Middle Tennessee Heat it is a local team made up of home schooled students who live in and around Mt. Juliet. They 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 game started off with each team testing the other as neither team scored on their first two possessions, and each gave up a fumble. On the third play of their third drive, the Heat’s Hughston Kirpatrick found a hole and ripped off a 65 yard touchdown run. As often if the case, the Heat went for the 2-point conversion, and took an 8-0 lead with 7:11 to go in the first quarter.

The Warriors capitalized on the next two drives, taking advantage of a long run and a bad kick to take an 8-12 lead with 3:39 to go in the first.

Not wanting to fall behind, Kirpatrick took the following kickoff 78 yards to give the Heat a 16-12 lead which they kept into the second quarter. Kirpatrick wasn’t able to produce any more offense for the Heat after this as he sustained a concussion while playing on defense and was out the remainder of the game.

On the first play of the second quarter, quarterback Jackson Starling went 25 yards and gave the Heat a 22-12 lead. The teams swapped scores for the remainder of the quarter. Sterling connected with Ty Kolando (75 yards) and Michael Sterling (55 yards) along with Jamie Savley rushing a touchdown from 1 yard out. The Heat were able to keep the 10 point lead at halftime, with a score of 44-34.

The third quarter was all the Warriors as they found the end zone three times and the Heat were kept out of it, allowing the Warriors to take a 58-44 lead into the fourth quarter.

Although they were tired and banged up, the Heat had a little more fight left in them. With 10:47 to go in the game, Starling ran the ball in from 1 yard out and hit Matthew Stahl (who also had several onside kick recovers) for the 2-point conversion to bring the Heat within six points.

The Warriors were not going to give up as they scored on their next possession to stretch the lead to 66-52 with just over eight minutes to go.

Things were looking up for the Heat as Hunter Clift came up with a fumble recovery to give the Heat the ball on their own 34 yard line. However the Heat gave the ball back on the very next play.

With time winding down, Jamie Savley led the Heat down the field with a combination of passing and rushing, capped off with a 7 yard touchdown run by Savley to bring the Heat within eight points, down 66-58. However the clock was not their friend as the onside kick failed and the Warriors took a knee and the 66-58 victory.

The Heat will be playing all of their home games this year on the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s field. Because MJCA’s opening game is at home, the Heat’s next game will be Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

MJHS Mountain Bike Team ready for another season PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This fall will be the first season for the new Mt. Juliet Bears High School Mountain Bike Team. The Team will be a part of the Tennessee High School Cycling League, a NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) League.             

They will be having a summer kick off meeting Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church’s family life center, located at the intersection of N. Mt. Juliet Road and Oak Hall Drive. The meeting will include an introduction to the Team and the Tennessee NICA Series.  

There will be four races this year: Race 1, Aug. 10 at AEDC, Tullahoma; Race 2, Sept. 21 at Lock 4 Park, Gallatin; Race 3, Oct. 12 at Herb Parsons Lake, east of Memphis; Race 4, Nov. 2 at St. Andrews School, Sewanee.

2013 was the first year for the Tennessee High School Cycling League.  Four Wilson County high school students competed under a “comprehensive” type team, which is a temporary type.  This year they are registering as a Mt. Juliet High School team. Three of last year’s riders will be returning and are looking forward to riding under the Bears’ name.  

For more information, check out their Blog at or call Steve Capps (head coach) at (615)497-4465. The Blog site has some initial information and links to the Tennessee High School Cycling League and NICA. Additionally, there are a couple of videos and several slideshows from last year’s races.

Hill called up to the majors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Former Mt. Juliet Bear Taylor Hill got called up to the show last week, pitching in two games for the Washington Nationals as they faced off against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. 

“It was something I’ll never forget,” Hill told The Washington Post after the game. “It was awesome. Just pitching in front of that crowd and being able to do that was something special. I’ll never forget.”

Hill pitched in relief of Stephen Strasburg Wednesday, going 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out one. Friday, he pitched an inning of relief against the Cubs, giving up only one hit. 

Hill turned to Twitter Wednesday to thank everyone. 

“Thanks everyone for the support! What an unforgettable experience. Now it’s time for the dores to bring it home tonight!” Hill tweeted. 

His college alma mater, Vanderbilt, won the National Championship later that evening with a 3-2 win over Virginia. Another former Bear, Kyle Smith, was a part of that National Championship team. 

Hill was called up to help rest the Nationals bullpen, and was optioned back to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs Sunday. He remains on the Nationals’ 40-man roster. For the Chiefs this year, Hill is 9-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 65 strikeouts. Hill was the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year for Mt. Juliet High School in 2007 before going on to pitch at Vanderbilt. 

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