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Wilson Central pounds Portland, 26-7 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

The Wilson Central Wildcats traveled to the Portland Panthers on Friday to face a team that had yet to score any points in its first two games.  

The Wildcats defense did not break the streak as they kept the Panthers offense scoreless.  The only blemish was when the Wildcats let the Panthers Bryant Dowland return a kickoff for a touchdown.  

Even with the return, the Panthers were never in the game as Central easily won 26-7.

Central’s defense set the pace for the game as they came out and forced Portland to go three and out on the opening drive, aided by Preston Reed who tipped a pass. Central’s offense came out and on the first play and Jordan Roundtree hit Blake Lea with a 40 yard pass for a touchdown.  Brad Cavanough hit the extra point and Central jumped to a quick 7-0 lead.

On their next drive, the Panthers began moving the ball.  They ran 12 plays, but the Wildcats got a stop on fourth down, ending the drive.

Central came back out, looking like they were going to easily score again as Alex Price ripped off a 33 yard run.  However, the drive stalled on the 26 of the Panthers and Cavanough came through with a 43 yard field goal to bring Central’s lead 10-0 with 19 seconds to go in the first quarter.

Central’s offense later came out for what would be the last drive of the half.  The Wildcats started with the ball on their own 45.  Roundtree and Hunter Wilson had rushes of 12 yards each and Roundtree his Gabe Angel with a 19 yard pass.  However, with time expiring, Central was having a hard time punching it in from inside the 10.  As time expired, Cavanough hit a 27 yard field goal to take the lead into the half 13-0.

Central’s offense was not able to get anything done on the opening drive of the second half.  However, Cavanough had a 71 yard punt, pinning the Panther’s on their own 5 yard line.

Central’s defense limited the Panthers’ offense and forced a punt.

On their next possession, it was the Kyle Coombes show as he had runs of 12 and 25 yards and a reception for 12 yards. Price had a 7-yard run and Weston Rountree punch the ball in from the two. Cavanough’s kick was good and Central took a 20-0 lead in the third.  On the kickoff, Central allowed Panther’s Bryant Dowland to go 97 yards and return the kickoff for a touchdown.

Central’s offense came back out after Price had a great return to the Panther’s 45.  Central moved down the field with runs of 12 yards each by Jordan Wilson and Coombes.  The drive was capped by 24 yard pass from Roundtree to Jordan Wilson for a touchdown.  The extra point was blocked and Central took the lead, 26-7.  

Next week Central travels for the fourth week in a row to open the season, going 160 miles all the way to Cleveland (2-1). Kickoff will be 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central. 

MTCS spoils MJCA home opener PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New lights around the Mt. Juliet Christian football field made for a great atmosphere for the Saints home opener against the Cougars of Middle Tennessee Christian School, but it also help show the flaws in the Saints defense as MTCS (3-0) rolled to a 48-17 over the Saints (0-2) Friday night.

Excellent quarterback play by MTCS and less than stellar tackling by the Saints combined to make for a long night for the Saints. Even though MTCS had yet to be scored upon in their first two games, MJCA was able to move the ball on offense between the 30-yard lines. With steady running by Noah Wilson and Ric Van Mali passing to receivers Race McLean, Zach Jones and Andy Pitman, the Saints consistently gained yardage on each possession but failed to turn enough of those possessions into scores.

After a bye-week to “study up” on the Cougars, Head Coach, Jake Roberts, was not at all happy with the results.  “We knew their quarterback was really good - but with two weeks to get ready for him, we expected for this to be a much better effort. On offense, we moved the ball OK - we just didn’t finish drives. And obviously, we need to execute better on defense.”   

On Friday the Saints travel to non-district opponent Oakdale for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

MJCA MS knocks off Cornersville, 28-20

MJCA Middle School Football traveled to Cornersville Middle School last night and was able to hold off the bulldogs on their last drive to win 28-20. 

The Saints fell behind early 8-0 but before the half were able to score on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex Pitman to Preston Sloan, bringing the score to 8-6. 

MJCA would receive the ball first to start the second half. The Bulldogs kicked deep to Alex Pitman who then returned it for a 75-yard touchdown. That gave MJCA their first lead at 12-8. 

MJCA on the ensuing drive would find themselves behind again 14-12. A few drives later Cornersville found the end zone again and the Saints were down 20-12. 

The Bulldogs kicked off to the front line and Dawson Perry returns the kick for a 50-yard touchdown and then MJCA tacked on the two point conversion to tie the game 20-20. MJCA then attempted an onside kick and the bulldogs tried to return it but the ball was stripped and the Saints recovered the fumble. MJCA struck quickly when Alex Pitman ran it in for a 30-yard touchdown on the first play and MJCA pulled ahead 28-20 with six minutes to go in the game. 

The Saints defense came up strong on the Bulldogs next drive. Cornersville had the ball and drove down to the Saint 20 yard line, with 35 seconds to go in the game. But with the Bulldogs facing a 4th-and-9, Cornersville’s  pass attempt failed and the Saints defense held with 26 seconds left. MJCA would then take a knee for the win and run out the clock. 

With this win, MJCA brings their season to 4-0. Coach Mike Kittrell said after the game that his team has not faced this type of adversity all season. 

“I’m very proud of how our guys stayed strong and continued to fight. To pull out a win in a tough battle like this is huge for our guys and our school. Our defense came up big at the right time when we needed it. They have been pretty resilient all year long.” 

The Saints defense coming into this game had only given six points through three games. 

MJCA will host Davidson Academy next Thursday, Sept. 12 at Edward Suey Field. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

MJ’s big 1st half propels them to win over Antioch, 36-28 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet’s offense looked unstoppable in the first half Friday, as they scored touchdowns on their first four possessions. 

Antioch made a surge in the second half, but Mt. Juliet was able to come out with the 36-28 win. 

Kyle Smith’s 50-yard kickoff return set the Bears up with good field position on the opening possession. 

Ten plays later on 4th and goal, Nolan Chowbay plunged in from one yard out to give Mt. Juliet a 7-0 lead. 

On Antioch’s third play, they fumbled on a pitch out, and Cashuss Reid came up with the loose ball at the 42-yard line. 

Six plays into the drive, Mt. Juliet was backed up on a 3rd-and-16, but Chowbay found Ahmad Bradley, who made a catch in traffic in the end zone, making it 14-0 Mt. Juliet. 

Antioch got on the board on their next drive, which included a 4th-and-15 conversion. KaDarius Hannah scored for Antioch, and the 2-point conversion made it 14-8. 

Mt. Juliet had the answer with a 12-play drive that covered 70 yards. Chowbay picked up three yards on 4th-and-1 to keep the drive alive, and found Smith three plays later for a 17-yard touchdown. Chowbay hooked up with Patrick Cartmell on the 2-point conversion to make it 22-8. 

Chowbay and Cartmell connected twice on Mt. Juliet’s next drive after an Antioch punt. On 2nd-and-7, Cartmell picked up 15 yards, then scored on a 25-yard reception three plays later. The extra point made it 29-8. 

That score looked like it could be the halftime score, as time was running out. But Antioch had one big play left in them for the half. Michael Johnson reeled in a 69-yard pass from Raekwon Hosey. Moses Cornelius added the 2-point conversion to make it 29-16 going into the break. 

It only took Antioch a few plays to get back in the end zone to start the second half. Kebrin Peterson scored on a 43-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed to make it 29-22. 

In the fourth quarter, Antioch put together a long 15-play, 80-yard drive to get within one. Cornelius scored on a 2-yard run to make it 29-28. Antioch lined up to go for two, but Matt Massey came up with an interception to keep Mt. Juliet in front. 

Mt. Juliet needed a score to come out with a win. Set up the 42-yard line, Mt. Juliet went 58 yard on eight plays, helped out by two personal foul penalties on Antioch. Kyle Mahler plunged in from three yards out to get the deciding score. 

Antioch tried to put together a game-tying drive, but another fumble, recovered by Jacob Daniel, ended it. 

Mt. Juliet spread the wealth on offense, as they had eight different ball carriers in the game, and six different receivers pull in passes from Chowbay. 

Chowbay, Smith, Mahler, Ben Cheatham, Jahuar Jackson, Cole Sears, Courtland Douglas and Jordan Hooper all had carries. 

Smith, Mahler, Bradley, Cartmell, Douglas and Logan Hyder had receptions. 

Smith led Mt. Juliet on the ground with 66 yards on nine carries. Smith has 233 yards through the first two games, and is averaging just under 13 yards a carry. 

Chowbay was 7-for-15 for 105 yards and three touchdowns. He picked up 13 yards on the ground as well, and another score. 

Mt. Juliet hits the road to take on Station Camp Friday in a key district matchup. The Bison are 0-1 on the season after a 42-39 defeat against Beech on the nationally televised game on ESPN Sunday, Aug. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday. 

Central battles back for come from behind win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Wilson Central Wildcats traveled to  LaVergne Friday in a match-up of two teams that are looking for their first win of the season.

LaVergne jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but Central came roaring back for a 45-34 win. 

The Wolverines received the ball to start the game. Central’s defense came out strong and looked as if they would get a quick 3 and out. However, after swapping penalties, Wolverine QB C.J. Fore threw a 63 yard TD pass to take the lead 7-0.

On their first possession Central wasted no time with Alex Price ripping off a 69 yard run to tie the score at 7-7.

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On their next possession, the Wolverines moved down the field going 80 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 35 yard touchdown pass by Fore. In less than five minutes of play the score was already 14-7.

The Wolverines got the ball back after a missed field goal and marched down the field again, going 73 yards in nine plays, capped off by a second touchdown from Fore to Quinn Jernighan for a 21-7 lead.

The Wildcats got the ball back at the end of a first quarter. Apparently seeing a mismatch on the right side, Central gave LaVergne a heavy dose of running around the right side.  Butler, Jordan Wilson, Alex Price, and D’Sean Osborne all got carries as the Wildcats went 70 yards in 8 plays. Sophomore Wilson punched the ball in from 1-yard out for his first score and to bring Central within one score. 

The Wildcats got the ball back and went on a nine minute drive going 75 yards on four plays. However, because of a penalty on second down, Central was unable to punch it in from the five. Cavanough did convert a 27-yard field goal to make it 21-17.

The Wolverines then quickly marched down the field, aided by a personal foul by Central, going 65 yards in 20 seconds to take a halftime lead of 28-17.

After halftime, Central wasted no time going 68 yards in three plays. The drive was capped by a 54 yard rush by sophomore Wilson bringing Central within four, at 28-24.

A few possessions later, Price set up the next drive by returning the punt 28 yards to LaVergne’s 27 yard line. Three plays later, Osborne took it in from 11 yards out. The extra point by Cavanough gave the Wildcats the first lead of the night at 31-28.

After Central forced a turnover, a double reverse to Price, set up Jordan Roundtree  from one yard out. Central extended the lead 38-28.

The Wolverines were not going to roll over as they came out and on the first play of the drive got another score. Fore hooked up with Jernigan for a 72 yard pass for a touchdown.  The Wolverines went for two and it was no good.

LaVergne had an onside kick and Weston Rountree took it for a touchdown, however a block in the back brought it back to LaVergne’s 30 yard line.  Kyle Coombs opened up a 25 yard down to the 5.  Two plays later Coombs took the ball in for a score.  

The score was now 45-34, and even though there was 2:04 on the clock, LaVergne attempted a field goal, but would not be able to score again.

Central ended the game with 404 yards rushing the ball, led by Alex Price with 140 yards.  

Roundtree was 4-9 for 75 yards.  LaVergne had 396 yards in passing.

Next week Central travels for the third week in a row to open the season, going to Portland (0-2).

Bears back, beat Blue Devils, 29-8 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

One of the questions coming into the 2013 season, is how would Mt. Juliet be able to replace two 1,000 yard rushers. 

Kyle Smith took care of some of those concerns, getting 167 yards on just nine carries and three touchdowns in a win over Lebanon Thursday night. 

In the first quarter, it looked like Lebanon was going to control the tempo. A 59-yard touchdown run by Taye Davis and a 2-point conversion put the Blue Devils up 8-0. The Bears only managed  one first down in the first quarter, and it wasn’t until a big stop early in the second quarter that the Bears were able to steal some momentum. 

On 4th-and-1 from the Bears 46, the Blue Devils tried to pick up the first down, but were stuffed. Seven plays later, Smith got the first big run of the night for the Bears, going 27 yards down to the four. He punched it in, but a 2-point conversion failed to make it 8-6. 

The Bears used an 11-play drive just before the half to get the lead. They weren’t able to get into the end zone, but Justin Dubay added a 34-yard field goal to give the Bears a 9-8 lead at the half. 

In the third quarter, Smith struck again, this time getting to the second level, stumbling while going into a spin move, then outracing everyone to the end zone for 74 yards. The 2-point conversion failed again, making it 15-8. 

On Mt. Juliet’s next possession, Nolan Chowbay dropped back, broke away from a sack, rolled out and found Kyle Mahler for a 20-yard gain. A personal foul pushed it 15 yards further, and two plays later, Smith got his third TD on a 46-yard run, making it 22-8. 

Courtland Douglas capped off the scoring with another long touchdown run, this time from 79 yards out. 

Mt. Juliet will play their first home game of the season next week as they host Antioch. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

In our Football Preview section, some names were left off the Mt. Juliet roster. They were: Kyle Smith, Alex Landis, Kyle Fisher, Myles Fisher, Justin Dubay, Garrett Zickgraf, Jay Murphy, Blake Propes, Chase Sullivan, Alec Naiman, Andrew Fletcher, Matt Massey, Sidney Willis, Dominick Jamison, Jacob Bailey, C.J. Brooks and Michael Moore. 

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