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MJ soccer finishes district play with winning record PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For the first time in six years, the Mt. Juliet girls soccer team finished with a winning record in District 9-AAA play. They beat Gallatin, 1-0, making them 4-3 on the season.

Riley Wending’s goal on a free kick with eight seconds left in the first half was the only score. Mt. Juliet had over 30 shots on goal and spent the majority of the time on the offensive end, just couldn’t get more than the one goal. 

Mt. Juliet celebrated Senior Night Thursday against Riverdale, but came up on the losing end, 4-0. 

“We were not ready to play tonight and it showed,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “Riverdale beat us to most 50/50 balls and controlled the pace of the game. We never really had any good chances to score.”

MJ tied the Middle Tennessee Golden Eagles 4-4 Monday. 

Middle Tennessee is made up of home school girls all over the region, and is based out of Lebanon. 

The Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Lady Bears battled back. Lauren Whitmire scored unassisted for us in the 7th minute of the second half. Savanah Collins scored on an assist by Julia Duggan in the 8th minute. Whitmire scored again in the 20th minute on an assist by Destini Oldham. Nataya Wade scored unassisted in the 26th minute.

“We played slow in the first half and did not pressure the ball which allowed them to scored three goals,” said Hill. “In the second half we controlled the tempo and gave ourselves alot more chances to score. I was proud of us coming back from being down 3-0. The girls could have given up but did not.”

Mt. Juliet finishes the regular season Thursday at Stewarts Creek. District Tournament play will begin Saturday. 

Strong 4th quarter lifts Station Camp over Central PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On Friday night, Station Camp traveled down 109 to Wilson Central for a match up of two District 9-AAA teams. The game was tight early, but the Bison pulled away from the Wildcats for a 48-27 victory.  

In the first half the teams swapped scores and Wilson Central was down 20-17 at the half.  The Wildcats put up a field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter and the game was all tied at 20 going into the last quarter.  However, in the 4th, Station Camp put up 21 unanswered points and outscored Central 28 to 7 to win the game.

On Station Camp’s second possession, they were able to move the ball fairly easily.  On 2nd-and-9 from Central’s 23-yard line, Preston Reed came up with a 9 yard sack.  However, on the next play Josh Malone caught a 32 yard touchdown pass. Reed got a hand on the extra point and it fell short.  Station Camp took a 6-0 lead with 4:45 to go in the 1st.

A few possessions later, Station Camp began to move the ball.  They had gained two first downs when Thomas Thurston picked off a pass and took it into the end zone.  However, Central was called for a block in the back and the TD didn’t count, but Central got the ball on their 28. On the next play Price hit a big hole with a full head of steam and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. With 9:51 to go in the half Central took a 7-6 lead.

Three plays later Malone caught a 27 yard pass.  Central’s Colt Russell picked off the Bison’s two point attempt, putting them down, 12-7.

On  Station Camp’s next possession, the first play they fumbled and it was recovered by Central’s Dillon Smith on the 7.  Three plays later Vic Johnson took it in from 4 yards out.  Cavanough’s extra point was good and Central took a 14-12 lead.

Central’s defense held and forced a punt.  However, the offense coughed the ball up and gave Station Camp the chance to score.  They went for 2 and it was good.  With only a minute left in the half, Central moved within field goal range and Cavanough hit one from 23 yards out to go into the half down 20-17.

The third quarter was a slow one with both sides keeping the ball on the ground.  The only score of the half came after Central’s Colt Russell picked off Station Camp at midfield.  Central moved the ball into range and Cavanough hit a 28 yard field goal, tying the game at 20.

The 4th quarter was all Station Camp as they scored on all four of their possessions. Central was only able to score on one of its’ four possessions.

Next week Central is at home again Beech (5-2) comes to town.

Friendship downs MJCA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friendship Christian School running back, Austin Taylor, scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Commanders compiled over 330 yards of rushing offense in a 41-7 win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy last Friday.

Taylor scored on runs of 5 and 27 yards in the first quarter on his way to a total of 77 yards for the night.  Steven Hollis, who led the Commanders in rushing with 105 yards, scored from 32 yards out on the first play of the second quarter.  Quarterback A. J. Hollis added an 18 yard rushing touchdown before Taylor scored his third TD of the half to give the Commanders a 35-0 lead at intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, MJCA was driving deep into Friendship territory when a Saints fumble was returned 68 yard for Friendship’s final score.  The Saints got on the score board when quarterback, Ric VanMali, found tight end, Zach Jones, in the end zone with 4:22 remaining the game.  The point-after by Landon Boyd was good for the final score.

The Saints (1-5) will entertain Pickett County for Homecoming, this Friday night with kickoff scheduled for 7:00PM.

Late rally falls short for MJ at Centennial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A late rally by Mt. Juliet came up short at Centennial Friday in a 38-24 loss. 

Mt. Juliet trailed 28-10 at the half, but came within 31-24 late in the fourth quarter. However, Centennial was able to ice the game with a late score. 

The first was back and forth, as big plays defined the quarter. Centennial struck first with a Deon Sanders 24-yard run, but a big kick return by Kyle Smith set up a 47-yard run by Courtland Douglas on the first play of the drive to tie the game. 

B.J Griffin gave the Cougars the lead back on a 44-yard run, but Mt. Juliet was able to get points to answer. The Bears had a 14-play drive, including a touchdown run by Smith that was called back, but the drive stalled at the 11-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty, Garrett Zickgraf, in for an injured Justen Dubay, kicked a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. 

Centennial controlled the second and third quarters, pushing their lead out to 31-10. But Mt. Juliet went down slugging in the fourth quarter. Two big plays for scores cut the lead to a touchdown. Smith had another big run, this time from 55-yards out to make it 31-17, and then Alex Landis connected on a bomb to Patrick Cartmell for 53 yards to make it 31-24. 

The Cougars were able to keep the ball and run out the rest of the clock while tacking on another score. 

Smith finished the day with 106 yards on 11 carries. Alex Landis was 10-for-18 on the night for 110 yards through the air. Ahmad Bradley pulled in seven catches for 53 yards. 

Mt. Juliet is on the road again next week as they travel to Beech. Kickoff is 7  p.m.

Central wins home opener, 34-3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

After playing on the road for the first five games to start the season, the Wilson Central Wildcats played their first home game Friday night against the Dickson County Cougars.  

The Cougars had not won a game coming into the matchup, but were better than their 0-5 record as they lost four of their games by a combined 11 points.  

Central’s defense put on a show for the Homecoming crowd during the first half as they limited the Cougars to three first downs and put up 14 points on an interception and a blocked punt.  Central’s defense held strong in the second half, only giving up a field goal on the way to a 34-3 win.

It took a while for the offenses to get going both teams were only able to manage one first down each in their first two possessions. Dickson County began moving the ball on their third drive, but Weston Rountree snagged a tipped pass and took it 38 yards for a touchdown to give Central a 7-0 lead with just under 3 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.

Central got the ball back and began to move down the field. They ran 12 plays and made it down to the Cougar’s 5 yard line. They weren’t able to punch it in as they settled for a 21-yard field goal by Brad Cavanough to give Central a 10-0 lead with 8:39 to go in the half.

Dickson County hoped to get something going before the half, or at least run out the clock, but were unable to do that as they again went 3 and out. On the punt Preston Reed pushed through his block and got a hand on the ball, blocking the punt. Fellow Wildcat Dalton Graves snagged the blocked punt and took it 20 yards for a score.  The extra point was good by Cavanough and Central took a 17-0 lead with 36 seconds left in the second, which is how the first half ended.

The Cougars moved the ball just enough to make a field goal on their first drive of the second, reducing Central lead to 17-3.

Central then moved the ball down the field on the back of Gabe Angel who had rushes of 38, 5, 6, and 2 yards, setting up Cavanough with a 52 yards field foal. The kick was short, but Dickson County was called for running into the kicker, pushing Central 5 yards closer and giving Cavanough another chance. From 48 yards out Cavanough’s kick had plenty of length and was good, taking Central’s lead to 20-3 with 2:02 to go in the 3rd.

Central marched down the field on their next possession and the drive was capped by an 18 yard rush by Gabe Angel for a touchdown. Central took the lead to 27-3 with eight minutes to go in the game.

Dickson tried to march down the field, but L.J. Lytle stepped up on defense and picked off a pass and returned it for a 45 yard touchdown.  Central had a 34-3 lead with seven minutes to go in the game.

Next week Central is at home as Station Camp (3-2) comes to town.

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