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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.

MJ soccer ends season in districts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mt. Juliet girls soccer ended their season in the district 9-AAA semifinals last week in a 5-0 loss to Beech. 

Mt. Juliet ended the season 7-10-1. Sarah Carter had 20 saves in the contest. 

“I was proud of the effort tonight we just didn’t get the result we wanted,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill.  “Beech showed why they were the number one seed and went undefeated in the district in the regular season. They took advantage of our mistakes and made us pay. Our team has a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years. We had one senior and no juniors with 20 sophomores and freshman. If they can play as a team next year they will be very tough to beat.”

Friendship wins shootout with DCA, 52-49 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Michael Hawks one-handed touchdown grab with two seconds left proved to be the difference in Friendship’s 52-49 win over DCA Friday. 

DCA came into the game with a 6-1 record and sitting in second place. Friendship was right behind them in third place with a 5-2 record. The night was all offense as the two teams put up over 500 yards of offense in the first half and nearly 1,200 yards in the game.  

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Friendship came out hot and on the second play of the game Steven Hollis ran for 73 yards and a touchdown. Blake Grosch (who was perfect on the night for extra points) kicked the extra point and Friendship took a 7-0 lead 55 seconds into the game.

Friendship was in control of the game until on the third play of their second possession, DCA’s Shannon Fayne picked off Friendship’s A.J. Long, giving DCA a short field with the ball on the 30. A few plays later DCA’s Will Reddick hit James Douglass with a 27-yard pass. The extra point was no good and Friendship still had the lead, 7-6.

Friendship came right back as Long hit Austin Taylor for 32 yard and then rushed for 29 to take a 14-6 lead.

Friendship didn’t let up as on their next possession they marched 84 yards, with the help of a 60 yard run by Hollis, to take a 21-6 lead with 10:29 to go in the half.

It was then DCA’s turn as they quickly moved down the field, with Reddick hitting Douglass with a 17 yards pass and then Shiv Patel with a 44 yard pass for a touchdown. Friendship’s lead was now 21-13. A few minutes later, Hop Matthews ripped off a 49 yard run, setting up a Fayne for a 15 yard run to score. DCA opted for two and Fayne easily ran it in, tying the score at 21-21.

Friendship again moved the ball, but with time winding down, and a 4th-and-7 on their hands, they opted for a 24-yard FG to take a 24-21 lead at the half.

DCA wasted no time as they scored on two of the first three offensive plays of the half. Nathaniel Stewart ran for 69 yards and a TD on the first play. On the second play DCA picked off Long’s pass to get the ball back. Then Stewart ran for 74 yards and another touchdown, all in the first 51 seconds of the half. The score was now DCA 35-24.

Friendship’s next drive was all Long as he rushed for 46 yards and passed for 33 to bring FCA within four, 35-31 with four minutes to go.

DCA wasn’t done yet as they ran right plays on their next drive, which was capped by a 5 yard touchdown run by Matthews.  They were now up 42-31.

Friendship wasn’t done either as with time winding down, they went 63 yards in two plays and 28 seconds to score. Hollis set up the score with a 55 yard run and Long took it in from the 5. DCA had a 42-38 lead going in to the fourth.

With six minutes left in the game, and down by four, Friendship found themselves on their own 5.  On 1st-and-10, Long found a seam and took it 95 yards to take a 45-42 lead.  Four plays later Reddick hit Alec Pratt with a 30 yard pass to retake the lead, 49-45, with just under four minutes to go.

Over the next 5 minutes Friendship put together their longest drive of the night. During the drive they converted on a 3rd-and-8 and a 4th-and-9 to keep the chains moving.  With only seconds left, and finding themselves 4th-and-17 from the 17, down by four, Long threw the ball to the back left corner of the endzone where Hawks was able to come up with a  one handed catch to win the game, 52-49.

Friendship had 477 yards rushing, led by Hollis (225) and Long was 7/18 for 138 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  DCA had 268 yards rushing, led by Stewart (169) and Reddick was 15-29 for 280 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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