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Central punches ticket to playoffs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central earned a spot in the playoffs Friday, with a 25-20 win over Gallatin. 

The Wildcats will open the postseason with undefeated Oakland Friday at 7 p.m.

In the Gallatin game, Central’s defense came out to play and allowed no yards on the Green Wave’s first drive, forcing a 3-and-out. Central’s offense also was clicking as they went 40 yards in six plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Alex Price and Jordan Roundtree had big runs of 11 and 10 yards respectively and then Roundtree hit Blake Lea in stride for a 21 yard touchdown.

On the third play of Gallatin’s next drive, the Green Wave were facing a 3rd-and-3. Preston Reed got pressure on the quarterback and Kyle Coombs stepped in front of the pass, picked it off and took it 25 yards for a Central touchdown.  Central had an early 14-0 lead.

On the Green Wave’s next drive they slowly moved the ball down the field. They went 74 yards down to Central’s 6 yard line. Gallatin went for it on 4th-and-6 but threw an incomplete pass.  Central took over and fumbled the ball on their first play, giving Gallatin the ball on Central’s 5.  Gallatin went for it on 4th-and-5 and got into the end zone. Central’s lead was now cut to 14-7.

Gallatin marched down the field and with time running out, pulled Central off sides to convert a fourth down. A few plays later Gallatin scored a 36 yard touchdown. The extra point was wide right and Central took a lead into halftime 14-13.

Central came out after the half and after a 49-yard run by Kaleb Butler, Roundtree hit Zack Dover with a 6-yard touchdown pass. Central went for two and Roundtree hit Lea who was standing alone in the end zone.  Central took a 22-13 lead in the third.

Again Gallatin couldn’t move the ball.Central took advantage of a tipped punt by Cavanaugh to start with great field possession. Other than an offensive pass interference penalty that brought Central within field goal range, Central couldn’t move the ball.  However, Cavanough was able to hit a 40 yard field goal increasing Central’s lead to 25-13.

Gallatin was able to score one more time but it was with less than five minutes to go in the game.  Central came away with the win 25-20.

MJCA falls to DCA in final game PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy concluded its 2013 football season with a 47-14 loss at playoff-bound Donelson Christian Academy Friday night.  

The Saints had few highlights playing against the high-powered DCA offense which generated 370 yards of total offense and kept the Saints on their own side of mid-field the entire first half.  

DCA began the scoring barrage when, on the Saints first possession, MJCA quarterback, Ric VanMali’s pass to tight end, Zack Jones, was intercepted and run in for a DCA touchdown. The Wildcats also scored on their first two possessions and by the end of the first half held a 37-0 lead over the Saints.

MJCA got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when Saints defensive back, Landon Boyd, intercepted DCA quarterback, Will Reddick, and returned the ball for a touchdown. Reddick ended the night with 109 yards of passing on fourteen attempts. DCA added another touchdown and a field goal in the second half.

The Saints final score came in the last minute of the game when quarterback, Ric VanMali, threw a touchdown pass to tight end Zack Jones, a scoring combination that has worked several times for the Saints during the course of the season.

DCA will enter the TSSAA Division II – A playoff’s with an 8-2 overall record. The Saints end the season with a record of 3-7 and will open the 2014 season at home against Whitwell High School.

MJ Bears fall to Gallatin, 24-17 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

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. 

Central dominates Lebanon, 44-6 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On Friday night, Lebanon paid a visit to Wilson Central, hoping to end the Wildcats playoff hopes.  Although Lebanon has no chance at the playoffs, several teams are still striving for a playoff spot in District 9-AAA.

Lebanon took an early 6-0 lead in the game and kept the game close going into halftime only down 13-6. However, Central came out ready to play in the second half scoring 31 unanswered points to win the game 44-6.

Central was able to move the ball in the first, but on the fourth play of the drive, Jordan Roundtree fumbled the ball.  One play later Lebanon’s Taye Davis went 29 yards for a score.  The extra point was no good and Lebanon took a 6-0 lead with 7:17 to go in the first quarter.

Roundtree led the Wildcats down the field on their next drive, hitting Anthony Dobson with a 20 yard pass and rushing 18 yards.  On 3rd-and-15 from Lebanon’s 41, Roundtree hit Zack Dover who took it all the way for a touchdown.  Central missed their extra point and the game was tied at 6-6.

Both defenses held strong until late in the second quarter.  Roundtree hit Gabe Angel for 14 yards and then found Alex Price for a 30 yard reception. Two plays later, Roundtree found Price in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown catch. Central took a 13-6 lead at the half.

The second half started off slow until Cody Ray, who was punting in the place of Cavanough, stuck a punt inside Lebanon’s 1 yard line.  On the next play Dalton Graves came up with a tackle in the end zone for a safety.  A few plays later, Central took advantage of a short kick and great return when Vic Johnson ran it in from 8 yards out.  Central took a 22-6 lead.

Central capitalized on all of its possessions in the fourth quarter. Zack Dover caught a 16-yard touchdown, Kaleb Butler ran it in form the 1, and Jordan Wilson ran it in from 11 yards out.

On the night Roundtree was 11-for-19 for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

The game this Friday against Gallatin (6-3) will determine Central’s playoff hopes. The top two teams in each district early automatic playoff berths (Hendersonville and Station Camp) while the remainder of the field is slotted in order of ranking according to several factors. Central is right on the cusp of making it in, and a win should solidify a spot. 

MJCA gets a Senior Night win over Zion Christian PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On Senior Night at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, it was fitting that a pair of seniors keyed a come from behind 34-30 win against District foe Zion Christian Academy last Friday night.  

On its first possession of the game, Saints senior quarterback Ric Van Mali connected with Landon Boyd on a 50-yard touchdown pass to take the initial 7-0 lead.  The Zion Eagles took the ensuing kickoff on a long scoring drive for their first touchdown of the night and added another touchdown (extra point failed) with 4:20 left in the half. The Zion Eagles took advantage of a Saints interception near the end of the second quarter to score a field goal and took a 16-7 lead into the intermission.

On its first possession of the second half, MJCA quarterback Ric Van Mali, threw an interception which was returned for an Eagles touchdown and Zion Christian’s largest lead of the night at 23-7.  

MJCA’s fortunes took a sharp turn for the better when the Saints scored thirteen points in less than a minute.  Quarterback, Ric Van Mali completed a 60 yard scoring drive by running the ball in for the score -  but a two-point conversion attempt failed at the 6:53 mark. On the ensuing possession, Zion fumbled on their own thirteen yard line. Only 41 seconds later, a Van Mali touchdown pass to sophomore receiver, Race McLean, closed the Zion lead to three points at 23-20.  

The Eagles increased their lead to ten points on a 40 yard touchdown pass play and carried a 30-20 lead into the fourth quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Saints quarterback, Van Mali threw a touchdown scoring pass to fellow senior, David Lee, to pull the Saints again to within three points of the Eagles at 30-27.

With 2:50 remaining in the game, senior running back, David Lee, breaking tackle after tackle rumbled 70 yards for his second touchdown of the night, giving the Saints a 34-30 lead.  Zion Christian attempted a comeback of their own - but with no time outs and forced to pass, the Eagles’ final pass was intercepted by defensive back, Daniel Bohme to seal the victory for the Saint’s third win of the season.

MJCA closes out the 2013 season at Donelson Christian Academy next Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

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