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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.

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. 

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