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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.

MJ soccer beats Central, shut out by Station Camp PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mt. Juliet soccer came up with a 5-2 win over Wilson Central, Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

Nataya Wade scored in the 12th minute to give Mt. Juliet the early lead. It was assisted by Marileigh Mabry. 

That 1-0 lead held at the half, and Julia Duggan took control in the second, scoring four goals. She scored in the third minute, fifth minute, 35th minute and 38th minute. 

She was assisted by Chandler Scott on the first three goals, and Nikki Blais on the last. 

“We played really well tonight,” said Mt. Juliet Head Coach Ryan Hill.  “For most of the game we did a good job controlling the pace and tempo. Wilson Central went on a run in the second half when they scored their two goals but we came back to take the momentum away from them in the last 10 minutes. I was proud of the way our girls battled. It’s always special to get a win against Wilson Central.”

Thursday, Station Camp beat Mt. Juliet, 2-0. 

Station Camp had that lead by the half. Mt. Juliet outshot the Lady Bison 19-10 in the game.  

“We had a couple of defensive lapses that allowed Station Camp to score,” said Hill. “We had three shots that went off the post or crossbar. In the second half we played better but we just couldn’t break through and score. The effort in the second half was much better than the first half.”

Mt. Juliet is now 3-4 (2-3 in 9-AAA). They played Lebanon Tuesday night after press time.  

Central falls on long road trip to Cleveland PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

The Wilson Central Wildcats traveled to Cleveland to play the Blue Raiders for the 4th consecutive road game to start the season.  

The Wildcats came out on fire on both sides of the ball, but couldn’t keep it going in the second half and lost 33-13. 

Central started with the ball and very methodically moved down the field.  Jordan Roundtree had three completions for 51 yards while Alex Price, Gabe Angel, and Kyle Coombes combined for 48 yards on nine plays. Roundtree even got into the running action as he completed a quaterback sneak for an easy first down on a 3rd-and-1 around midfield to keep the Wildcats going.

After a short punt later in the half, the Blue Raiders started out on Central’s 42. One play later they were inside the 5. The next play Reed came up with a sack for a 5 yard loss. However, two plays later, Cleveland tied the score a few seconds into the second quarter.

Later, Cleveland  marched down the field.  Central’s defense buckled down and never let Cleveland get inside the 5, forcing a field goal.  With just over three minutes left to go in the half, Cleveland took the lead 10-7.

Alex Price fumbled the kickoff and Cleveland got the ball back at Central’s 25. Three plays later Cleveland went up 17-7.

With time running out in the half, Cleveland tried pushing the ball down the field.  However, Cody Ray stepped up and came up with an interception for Central.  With time running out in the half, Central tried to get a big play to end the half.However, as Roundtree was scrambling to extend the play, he was hit hard and went down.  He came out for the last play of the half, not to return.

Cleveland got the ball after the half and easily moved it to Central’s 29.  They took a shot at the end zone, but Wildcat Colt Russell came up with the pick to give the ball back to Central.  Central then marched down the field, led by Cody Ray at quarterback, went 80 yards for the score. The drive was capped by a 35 yard run by Weston Rountree.  Cavanough missed the extra point and Central pulled within four, 17-13.

The Blue Raiders then went 65 yards in seven plays and increased the lead to 24-13.

Cleveland was able to get a score on a safety and another touchdown. 

Next week Central travels for the fifth week in a row to open the season, going a few miles down the road to play Mt. Juliet. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

MJCA defense holds off Oakdale for first win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

After struggling in opening losses to Whitwell and Middle Tennessee Christian, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy broke into the win column with a 13-6 victory at Oakdale Friday.  

The Saints defense was the difference in the game with impressive goal-line stands at the end of the first half and at the end of the game.

After a scoreless first quarter where both teams moved the ball consistently, Saints running back Elliot Lee scored mid-way through the second period. 

The Eagles of Oakdale, behind the passing of quarterback Aaron Powers and the running of Logan Cox, appeared ready to even the score as they moved near the Saints goal line at the close of the half.  It was there that the Saints defense held the Eagles in check recovering a Powers fumble to end the half with a 7-0 lead.

As in the first half, both teams had little trouble moving the ball up and down the field even though there were no scores in the third period. Saints running back Noah Wilson had well over 100 yards rushing by midway of the fourth quarter before going out of action with an injury. However, Elliot Lee, scored his second touchdown of the night with 4:15 remaining in the game but the Saints missed the extra point attempt leaving the score at 13-0. That is when things got really exciting.

The Eagles took the ensuing kickoff and quickly moved into Saints territory. An interception of a long Oakdale pass by Landon Boyd appeared to seal the win for MJCA.  However, the Saints fumbled just two plays later and the Eagles quickly scored cutting the deficit to 13-6 with 2:15 remaining. Oakdale then executed an on-side kick recovering the ball at the Saints 45 yard line. A pass interference call on the Saints set the Eagles up deep in MJCA territory with 1:20 remaining.  As they did at the close of the first half, the Saints defense stiffened to hold Oakdale out of the end zone on four consecutive plays to give Head Coach Jake Roberts and the Saints their first win of the year.

The Saints travel to Ezell Harding next Friday for their first region game of the year.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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