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MJ can’t stop Commandoes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Kyle Smith ran for 173 yards and three scores, but Mt. Juliet couldn’t slow down Hendersonville in a 59-20 loss. 

Hendersonville rolled up 394 yards of total offense, all on the ground, and took advantage of three Mt. Juliet fumbles. 

The Commandoes led at the half 31-0. After extending it to 38-0, Smith got his first touchdown from 52 yards, and added another before the end of the third from 28 yards out. 

Smith would get another score in the fourth from 36 yards out. 

The Bears are outside looking in the playoff race currently. In the latest playoff standings, Mt. Juliet is the fourth team out.  

Mt. Juliet is off Friday, and return to action Friday, Oct. 25 on the road at Gallatin. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Central hands Beech 1st district loss since 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central did something that no District 9-AAA team had done in two seasons - beat Beech.

The Wildcats scored 23 unanswered points to come away with a 30-17 win. 

Beech started the game on fire.  They ran the ball down the field, daring Central to stop them. Central’s defense wasn’t able to as Beech jumped to a 7-0 lead with 9:17 to go in the first quarter.

A few possessions later, Central was able to take advantage of a mismatch as Jordan Roundtree hooked up with Gabe Angel on a 67-yard pass. The drive was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Kaleb Butler to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:51 to go in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers had another long drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and into the second. With 9:16 to go in the half, Carson Garrett caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to give Beech a 14-7 lead.

On their next drive, the Buccaneers were able to move into field goal range as they hit a 31 yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead.

On their final drive of the first half, Central was also able to move into field goal range with the help of a 45-yard pass from Roundtree to Zack Dover. Cavanough hit a 22-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the half. The half ended Central down 17-10.

The second half was all Central. On their first drive Butler (who has been plagued by turf toe all season) had runs of one, six and 10 yards. Roundtree also hit Alex Price with a 46-yard pass. Angel finished up the dive with a 9-yard rush to tie the game at 17-17 just two minutes into the 3rd quarter.

Central again moved the ball behind the running of Butler and Price, with both also having catches. With 4:51 on the clock, Jordan Roundtree ran the ball into the end zone giving Central the lead for the first time on the night.Cavanough missed the extra point but Central now had a 23-17 lead.

Beech again moved the ball, but Central’s defense held strong as on a 4th down, inside their own 20, they kept Beech from gaining a first down. Central’s defense had two more big fourth down stops where both Weston Rountree and Preston Reed had sacks that turned the ball over on downs.

Toward the end of the game Cavanough missed a 30-yard field goal.  However, Central made up for it, taking advantage of a Reed sack on fourth down, giving themselves a very short field. Jordan Roundtree ran the ball in from four yards out. Cavanough hit the extra point and Central handed Beech a 30-17 loss, the first District loss for Beech in over two years.

Central has now worked themselves back into the playoff standings with the win. They are currently in quad three, which would see them going east if they put some wins together. Teams in their quad currently are Oakland, Blackman, Siegel, Smyrna, Cookeville, Bradley Central, Farragut. The quad and teams are subject to change based on what happens over the next three weeks. 

Next week Central is off but returns to play on Oct. 25 at home again Lebanon.

MJCA shuts out Pickett Co. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy welcomed back alumni to Edward Suey Field last Friday night with a convincing 41-0 win over Pickett County High School.  

Both teams entered the contest with identical 1-5 records but the Saints clearly had the upper hand on this night.

The MJCA scoring barrage was highlighted by senior, Andy Pittman’s, three rushing touchdowns and junior quarterback, Ric Van Mali’s, two touchdown passes.  However, it was freshman, Samuel Eastin who began the scoring with a touchdown run on MJCA’s initial possession of the first quarter.  Pitman scored his first touchdown from three yards out in the second quarter to give the Saints a 14-0 halftime lead.  

The Pickett County offense had some success running up the middle against the Saints but was unable to sustain drives deep into MJCA territory.  

The Saints took the second half kickoff and went on an 80 yard scoring drive ending with a pass from Van Mali to sophomore, Race McLean for a 21-0 Saints lead. On the ensuing kickoff, eighth grader, Dawson Perry, recovered a Pickett County fumble setting up the Saints offense near mid-field.  Two plays later, Van Mali threw his second touchdown pass to tight end, Zach Jones to stretch the Saints lead to 28-0. Andy Pitman ran in the final two MJCA touchdowns with the last coming with less than a minute left in the game. 

The 2-5 Saints travel to Kings Academy in Knoxville next Friday night with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.  MJCA will close out its home schedule October 25 against Zion Christian Academy.

MJ soccer moves into 2nd round of districts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Mt. Juliet girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a loss, but bounced back with a win in the first round of the district playoffs. 

Mt. Juliet fell to Stewarts Creek in the regular season finale, 4-2. 

Nataya Wade and Julia Duggan got goals in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lady Red Hawks. 

Sarah Carter had 16 saves for Mt. Juliet

“We didn’t play bad in the first half.” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “We made a lot of mental mistakes in the second half which led to the three goals Stewarts Creek scored. We have had that problem of playing inconsistent and it really hurt us tonight.” 

Riley Wendling’s unassisted goal in the 14th minute of the second half was all Mt. Juliet needed to beat Gallatin in the first round of the District 9-AAA Tournament Saturday. 

“We had a lot of chances to score and we missed a penalty kick in the first half that would have given us some momentum before halftime,” said  Hill. “Gallatin battled the whole game but our defense did a great job keeping them from scoring.”

Mt. Juliet played No. 1 seed Beech Tuesday. The game was completed after press time. 

On the other side of the tournament, Hendersonville beat Lebanon 8-1 and Station Camp beat Wilson Central 4-1 to advance to the other semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The championship game will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Gallatin High School. 

Beech pulls away from MJ late PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet went toe to toe with defending 5A State Champion Beech Friday, but came up short in a 35-24 loss. 

The Bears led 24-21 going into the fourth quarter, but Beech was able to pick up two touchdowns to come away with the win. 

Beech and Mt. Juliet went back and forth in the first half. Mt. Juliet struck first, as a 53-yard run by Kyle Smith set them up with a first and goal. Ben Cheatham went in for the six yard score to put the Bears up 7-0. 

Beech answered behind 60-yard, 7-play drive. Dorian Carter scored from nine yards out to tie the game up. 

A Beech interception set  them up at the Bears 19-yard line, and four plays later Carter scored again, this time from five yards out to make it 14-7. 

Mt. Juliet punched back as Smith got another big run, this time for 41 yards to set them up once again with a first-and-goal. Smith eventually punched it in from 12 yards out to tie the game up. 

A bobbled snap on a Mt. Juliet punt attempt set Beech up in at the 15-yard line, but Mt. Juliet’s defense came up with a big stop. Jacob Daniel bust through the line on two straight plays for tackles for loss, and that was followed by a false start and two incompletions to turn the ball over. Mt. Juliet took advantage as runs by Courtland Douglas, Kyle Mahler and Smith moved them down the field. A pass from Alex Landis to Logan Hyder pushed the Bears down to the 16-yard line and Garrett Zickgraf was able to put a field goal through the uprights with five seconds remaining to give Mt. Juliet the 17-14 lead going into the break. 

Beech took the lead back on the first drive of the second half going 64 yards on 14 plays. They converted a 4th-and-goal on a quarterback bootleg run in by Parker Henry. 

The Bears came right back again as Jordan Hooper was the man with the big run, as he scampered 33 yards. Mahler eventually got the score from nine yards to pull back ahead 24-21. 

Beech pulled together another 14-play drive that included a conversion on 4th-and-15 when the punter Henry avoided Bear player trying to block the punt and took off running for 19 yards. Kourtney Hawkins got the score to make it 28-24 Buccaneers. 

Mt. Juliet was unable to pick up a first down on their next drive and had to punt it back to Beech. The Buccaneers put together another long drive to pick up another score and ice the game. 

Smith led the Bears with 148 yards on 12 carries. 

Mt. Juliet is back at home Friday as they take on Hendersonville. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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