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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.

Mistakes cost MJ in loss to Station Camp PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mistakes and an injury to starting quarterback Nolan Chowbay hurt Mt. Juliet in a 41-3 loss to Station Camp Friday. 

Mt. Juliet came up with a fumble recovery and a stop on the Bison’s first two drives. 

On the Bears second drive, Chowbay rolled out to the right and was tackled near the sidelines. He exited the game with a broken collarbone and wouldn’t return. Junior Alex Landis took his place, but Mt. Juliet couldn’t get anything going against an attacking Bison defense. 

Josh Malone scored on a 67-yard reception, and Station Camp recovered a bloop kickoff to get the ball back. Trey Malone scored from three yards out a few plays later. 

Station Camp would block a punt leading to another touchdown, then got a pick six on the next drive. The Bison would get another touchdown before the half and lead 35-0. 

Mt. Juliet would get on the board in the fourth quarter when Justin Dubay connected on a 42-yard field goal. 

Mt. Juliet will regroup and head back home to face Blackman (3-0) Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

MJ soccer falls to Smyrna, beats Portland PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mt. Juliet lost to Smyrna, 3-2, Tuesday, Sept. 3, but bounced back with a win Thursday over Portland, 7-0. 

Smyrna led 2-1 at the half before Nataya Wade tied it up with a girl in the third minute of the second half. She was assisted by Riley Wendling.  However, Smyrna was able to get the winning goal in the 30th minute of the second half. 

Mt. Juliet outshot Smyrna, 22-9. Sarah Carter had six saves. 

“Our defense let us down on the three goals Smyrna scored,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “We made mental mistakes close to the goal and it cost us.”

In the Portland game, Nikki Blais scored seven minutes into the game with an assist by Chandler Scott. Blais scored again in the 11th minute with an assist by Nataya Wade. Caitlin Bender scored in the 27th minute unassisted. Corrine Cheatham scored in the 36th minute with an assist by Savanah Collins. Julia Duggan scored 16 seconds into the first half on an assist by Wendling. Duggan scored again in the 17th minute of the second half with an assist by Caitlin Bender. Destini Oldham scored our last goal in the 33rd minute of the second half unassisted.

Mt. Juliet outshot Portland 29-2. 

“We dominated possession the whole game,” said Hill. “Most of the game was played on our offensive side of the field. Our midfielders did a great job keeping the ball pushed forward which gave us multiple chances to score.”

Mt. Juliet played Wilson Central Tuesday after press time. 

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.

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