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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.

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.

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