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Huntland Hornets hold off MJCA, 28-20 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On a night when both teams punched and counter-punched, the Hornets of Huntland escaped Edward Suey Field with a hard-fought 28-20 win over the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Saints Friday night.

Huntland built a 14-0 lead by halftime with rushing touchdowns near the end of the first and second quarters. However, after taking the second half kickoff, Huntland attempted to run from deep in their own territory when defensive lineman, Gilbert Russ, stripped the ball from the Huntland running back and took it in for a Saints score to narrow the gap to 14-7. After an exchange of possessions, the Saints took the ball on an 80-yard drive which ended in a 3-yard touchdown run by Gilbert Russ to tie the score, 14-14.

Huntland took a 21-14 lead with a touchdown by running back Tyler Smith with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter. But the “never-say-die” Saints fought back with a one-handed, end zone catch by Samuel Eastin from Ric Van Mali  to narrow the score to 21-20 when the extra point attempt failed.

The Hornets counter-punched again by scoring with 5:25 remaining in the game to take a 28-20 lead.  The Saints made a valiant effort to tie the score in the final minute and were passing into Huntland’s end zone when time ran out.

The Saints (1-3) are at home again Friday as they take on Friendship Christian School with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.  

MJ soccer falls to Lipscomb in Ladies Championship Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mt. Juliet girls soccer lost to Lipscomb Thursday, 2-1, in the first game of the Ladies Championship Tournament. 

Lipscomb was up 1-0 at halftime. They scored on a penalty kick with seven seconds left in the first half. Nataya Wade scored unassisted for Mt. Juliet in the 10th minute of the second half. Lipscomb scored the winning goal in the 34th minute of the second half. Sarah Carter had 12 saves for Mt. Juliet.

“This was a really evenly played game,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “Lipscomb got a penalty kick on a questionable call right before halftime to put them up going into the half. We had some great scoring chances in the second half but couldn’t finish around the goal. The effort was there all night we just couldn’t finish.”

Mt. Juliet is now 5-5 (3-3 in 9-AAA). 

Local runners compete at Wilson County Invitational PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The fifth annual Wilson County Cross Country Invitational was held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds with several high school and middle schools in the county competing. 

Mt. Juliet High School won both the boys and girls team competition with 27 points for the boys and 29 points for the girls. Wilson Central was second for the boys, followed by Friendship Christian.  Those two were in the same spots on the girls side as well.

Mt. Juliet’s Colbe Earles won the individual title for the boys with a time of 18:28.2. He was followed by Wilson Central’s John Elrod at 18:44.5 and Mt. Juliet’s Mickey Fils at 18:59.3. 

On the girls side, two Wilson Central runners crossed the finish line first. Taylor Blankenship was first at 21:57.0 and Kamryn Burgess was 21:59.5. Mt. Juliet’s Hannah Burnette was third at 23:29.0. 

Mt. Juliet Middle School won the boys team competition with 36 points. Friendship Christian Middle School won the girls competition with 46 points. West Wilson Middle School was second in the boys run, followed by Winfree-Bryant. Winfree-Bryant was second for the girls, followed by West Wilson Middle. 

Ethan Njezic of Tuckers Crossroads won the boys run with a time of 9:34.2. Mt. Juliet Middle’s Harrison Noffsinger was second with a time of 9:35.4. Chase Danko of Winfree Bryant was third with a time of 9:41.4. 

On the girls side, Hope Ilias of Friendship Christian Middle School won with a time of 9:59.3. Allie Dozier and Emily Jones of Winfree-Bryant came in second and third with times of 10:31.6 and 11:08.2. 

New HS Cycling League starting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Next weekend is the inaugural race of the Tennessee High School Cycling League, a new mountain bike racing series for High School students.  

This new series is modeled after the successful California and Colorado racing series. The NICA, or National Interscholastic Cycling Association, sanctions the series. In this first season, a fall series, we will be holding four races in September through November. The first race is next weekend, Sept. 15 at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) mountain bike trails, located on Woods Reservoir near Tullahoma.   The next three races will be held at St. Andrews in Sewanee (Oct. 6), at Herb Parsons in Memphis (Oct. 27), and the season finale at Lock 4 Park in Gallatin (Nov. 17).  

Several teams have been formed, including a Wilson County Comprehensive team coached by Stephen Capps. So far our team is small with only one rider, Charlie Capps (pictured above), a Junior Varsity rider with over six years experience in MTB racing from Mt Juliet High School.  

If you would like more information, call Coach Capps at (615)497-4465 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information pertaining to the races and the league can be found at The goal is to have teams from the various high schools in the county. 

MJ drops second game in a row, first time since 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

It’s been a few years since Mt. Juliet has lost two consecutive games, but Blackman got the best of the Bears Friday, 42-14. 

2009 was the last time the Bears lost two consecutive games when they lost to Beech to end the season, and Oakland in the first round of the playoffs. 

Courtland Douglas had a big night on the ground with 146 yards on 18 carries, but the Bears couldn’t get anything going in the first half against the Blaze’s stingy defense. Mt. Juliet was held without a first down in the first half for the second week in a row. Blackman was able to build a 35-0 lead by the half. 

Mt. Juliet was able to get on the board in the fourth when Jordan Hooper ran it in from three yards out. 

In the final minute, freshman Trey Pruitt came in at quarterback and found Ahmad Bradley on a 40-yard bomb for another score. 

Mt. Juliet is at home again next week when they host rival Wilson Central. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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