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Bears run away from Bison, 36-21 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Mt. Juliet High School football team slammed their foot on the gas pedal and didn’t let up until the clock hit zero in a 36-21 win over Station Camp Friday. 

On the first play of scrimmage, quarterback Nolan Chowbay kept the ball on an option, and took it right up the gut of the Station Camp defense. He wasn’t touched on his 75-yard foot race to the end zone. 

That set the tone for the rest of the night as the Bears were always a few steps ahead of the Bison. 

After Station Camp went three-and-out on their first possession, Thomas Harmon set up the Bears in good position to score again with a 54-yard punt return. The Bears were held out of the end zone, and Hayes Foster connected on a 21-yard field goal to make it 10-0. 

The Bear defense shut down the Bison again, and Mt. Juliet went on a long drive that spanned 71 yards on 14 plays. The Bears converted a fourth down by drawing Station Camp outside, a third down on a 16-yard pass from Chowbay to Peyton Haynes, then another third down on a slip screen to Josh Williams. On third and goal at the three, Chowbay went to Alex Landis on the outside to push the score out to 17-0. 

That score held until the half. 

The Bison needed something to get them going to start the second half, but the returner on the kickoff let his knee touch on the two yard line, giving Station Camp 98 yards ahead of them. However, the Bears turned their mistake into points when Zach McConnell rushed the corner and tackled Station Camp quarterback Kyle Anderton in the end zone. 

Station Camp were finally able to capitalize on a Mt. Juliet mistake when the Bison recovered a muffed punt. A few plays later, Anderton found Josh Gilley on a 6-yard pass to cut it to 19-7. 

The celebration was short lived as the first play on Mt. Juliet’s next drive, Chowbay found a wide open Austin Simpson to his left, and Simpson outraced everyone to the end zone for an 80-yard score. 

Station Camp was able to cut into the lead again two possessions later with a touchdown, but Chowbay and Simpson had another big play in them. Chowbay got it to Simpson, who shook loose of a defender and outran everyone to the end zone again, this time for 88 yards. 

Station Camp wasn’t going away. They came up with another score to cut it to 33-21. 

Mt. Juliet needed to get points and eat up some clock. They were able to come up with big plays once again on third down, as Chowbay connected with Williams on a 3rd-and-9, then Chowbay hit a diving Landis on a 37-yard gain. The drive stalled at the 16-yard line, but Foster was able to get another three points to push the lead out to 36-21. 

Station Camp had two chances to get points late in the game, but both ended in turnovers. 

Chowbay put up big numbers in the contest, going 12-for-22 for 288 yards and three scores through the air, while also picking up 105 yards on eight carries and a score on the ground. He was named Titans Prep Player of the Week.

Simpson finished with three catches for 184 yards and two scores. 

Mt. Juliet hits the road again  next week as they play highly ranked Blackman. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

 
Central notches first win with blowout of Portland PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central got in the win column in impressive fashion Friday, knocking off visiting Portland, 56-17. 

It looked like Central’s Homecoming might be marred by a loss when Portland took the second play of the game 79 yards for a score. However, Central was not going to let that happen. Senior Weston Rountree took the very next play 71 yards to tie the game.  The Wildcats never looked back.

On Portland’s second drive, Central’s defense pushed them back from the 20 to the 8-yard line, forcing them to go three and out. A bad snap on the kick allowed Central to take possession on the 1-yard line. On the next play Jordan Wilson ran the ball in for a 1-yard score and a 14-7 lead.

On the first play of their next drive, Portland fumbled the ball and Central recovered it on the 21 yard line. Two plays later Jordan Hooper carried the ball for 21 yards and a touchdown.  At the 8:38 mark in the first half Central was up 21-7 after only running four plays.

On Portland’s next drive they began to move the ball, pushing down to Central’s 17-yard line.  However, Central’s defense stepped up with the help of Senior Evan Juhnke’s sack, and Portland missed a field goal.

Two drives later, Central was again moving the ball. Jordan Wilson and Dakivian Moore had runs of 21 and 20 yards respectively. However, they stalled at Portland’s 35 yard line. Central’s Adam William’s attempted a 51-yard field goal, and it was straight, but fell short in the end zone.

Central’s defense only allowed two more first downs in the half, and gave up no points. Central’s offense was not done yet.

Central went on to score on their final three possessions of the half.  Cody Ray had two good completions to Dakivian Moore (17 yards) and Blake Lea (8 yards) to keep the chains moving.  The drive was capped off with a 15-yard run by Cody Ray. Central led 28-7.

On Central’s next drive Ray hit Hunter Wilson in stride for a monster 52 yard gain. A few plays later Dakivian Moore ran it in from four yards out to give Central a 35-7 lead.

On their last possession of the half, Ray hit Anthony Dobson for a 12-yard gain and Moore had a 23-yard run. The drive was capped off with a 6-yard run by Jordan Wilson. Central went into halftime with a 42-7 lead.

The third quarter started off rough for Central as they fumbled the first play of the half, but the defense held and Portland was not allowed to score, based in part to an 11-yard sack by Justin Lee that pushed Portland out of field goal range.

Central went three and out on its next drive, but Portland blocked the punt and recovered for a safety. Portland then went down the field and scored a touchdown, cutting Central’s lead to 42-17 with just under three to go in the third.

Central was not done making noise yet again as Tyler Bowes pick off a Panther pass to effectively end any hope the Panthers had of making it a game again.

Central’s offense had two more drives in them as Sophomore Blake Meadors led two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter.

On the first drive Central ran the ball all six plays of the series, easily moving the ball from their own 27-yard line, pounding the ball.  Conner Walls found the end zone on a 6-yard rush to give Central a 49-17 lead.

As time was ticking down Central put together one last drive, with Eric Sharks taking the first rush of the series and capping off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown. Central won the game by a score of 56-17.

Central’s offense was hitting on all cylinders as they amassed almost 500 yards of total offense.

Next week Central continues their five game home stand to open the season with a visit from Cleveland (1-2) who is coming off their first win of the season in a 23-21 victory over Cookeville.

 
Bears improve to 2-0, beat Antioch 31-13 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

While it was the Bear offense that got Mt. Juliet the season opening win, it was the defense that won it in game two. 

The Bears got two defensive scores, and held Antioch to just 13 points in a 31-13 victory. 

Antioch’s defense was shutting down Mt. Juliet as well, as the Bears offense was held off the board in the first half. However, the Bears defense reached the end zone twice. 

The first came on Matt Massey’s 60-yard interception return on Antioch’s first drive. Two Antioch possessions later, the option play was blown up by the Mt. Juliet defense, and Peyton Haynes scooped up a fumble and ran it back 12 yards for the second Mt. Juliet score. 

Antioch was able to get a score on a Connor Bumbalough run, and at the half, the Bears led 14-6. 

Mt. Juliet forced another turnover to start the second half when Charles Brooks recovered a fumble, but they weren’t able to capitalize as Antioch got a goal line stand. However, Antioch went three and out and Mt. Juliet got the ball with good field position. Nolan Chowbay found Alex Landis and Jahuar Jackson on nine yard gains, then picked up eight on the ground himself. The drive stalled, but Hayes Foster was able to connect on a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-6. 

After another Antioch 3-and-out, a few Josh Williams runs set up a Chowbay 15 yard pass to Kyle Mahler. A personal foul added some more yardage, and two plays later Chowbay scrambled in from eight yards out for the score. 

Antioch’s Damien Baugus cut into the lead with a 60-yard touchdown reception, but Mt. Juliet was able to close out the game late with a 21-yard touchdown run by Williams. Interceptions by Jonathan Jenkins and Massey, his second, rounded the five turnovers forced by Mt. Juliet’s defense. Mt. Juliet has forced nine turnovers in their first two games. 

Chowbay finished with 113 yards passing on 9-for-14 passing, and added 41 yards on the ground. Williams led in rushing with 58 yards on nine carries. 

Mt. Juliet comes back home Friday for a game with Station Camp. That game will kick off at 7 p.m.

 
Wilson Central comeback attempt falls short against LaVergne PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central battled back but a comeback attempt came up just short in a 27-21 loss to LaVergne Friday. 

The Wolverines looked sharp as they took the opening possession and went 60 yards in only four plays. They used less than two minutes off the clock to take a 7-0 lead.

On Central’s opening possession it looked as though they would keep pace with the Wolverines as they got a kickoff return to midfield. Hunter Wilson moved the ball easily with a big 9-yard pick up on Central’s first play.  Central was able to pick up a first down but then the drive stalled after a false start penalty on the Wildcats.

Central’s defense then showed that it was here to play as they forced the Wolverines to turn the ball over on downs their next possession.

Central’s hopes began to be lifted as on their next possession, faced with a 3rd-and-10, Cody Ray hit Anthony Dobson for a 70 yard touchdown. However the excitement was short lived as Central was called for a personal foul during the play and the ball was brought back to midfield.  Although this resulted in a first down, Central then stalled.

The first quarter ended with Central’s defense holding and forcing LaVergne to punt.

The second quarter was all Central as they took almost nine minutes off the clock moving the ball down the field, setting up D’Sean Osborne for the 2-yard score to tie the game. Central kept the ball on the ground as they only attempted three passes (completing two) out of the 19 plays they ran. Jordan Wilson, Jordan Hooper, and Dakivian Moore did the majority of the rushing this series with Wilson (15 yards) and Moore (14 yards) each having a big carry.

Central’s defense again held as the game went into the half tied.

Central received the ball after halftime, but went 3 and out.

The Wolverines then went 52 yards in four plays to score. The 2-point conversion attempt by LaVergne was no good and the Wolverines regained a 13-7 lead.

After the score, Central’s offense again went three and out. Almost repeating their prior series, LeVergne went 53 yards in four plays to take a 20-7 lead, which did not change into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter opened with Central turning the ball over on downs on their own 35 yard line.

LaVergne took advantage of the field position taking only a few minutes, and five plays to take a 27-7 lead over Central.

Central was down but not out as Moore returned the kickoff to the 49 of LaVergne. Central then quickly moved the ball as they went 49 yards in 8 plays and less than three minutes ending with Ray hitting Zack Dover in the back right of the end zone to bring Central within two scores, down 27-14.

Central’s defense again forced a 3 and out, giving their offense another opportunity.

This drive was all Ray as he went 7-for-8 for 65 yards. The drive was capped off with a 5-yard run by Hunter Wilson to bring Central within a score, 27-21 but with only 2:36 on the clock.

Central went for the onside kick and a Wildcat came up with the ball.  Ray was able to move the ball to LaVergne’s 30 with two quick passes but then threw his first interception of the game on the 17 yard line.

LaVergne was able to get a first down and things were looking bleak as they took a knee.  As LaVergne lined up in the victory formation to take a second knee the snap was fumbled and Central came up with the ball.  With only seconds left, the only thing that stood between a tied game was 28 yards. The ball was snapped and Ray threw the ball into the end zone, but it fell to the ground, incomplete.

Next week Central continues their five game home stand to open the season with a visit from Portland (0-2) who is coming off a 35-6 loss to White House.

 
Bears blast Blue Devils, 56-23 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet’s offense came out clicking on all cylinders Friday night, as they opened the season with a 56-23 win over Lebanon. 

The Bears were never forced to punt and nearly hit 500 yards of offense on the night. The Bear defense also came up with four interceptions. 

The first drive started with a mistake. The fourth play into the season, Nolan Chowbay was sacked and coughed up the football. Lebanon jumped out, but immediately gave it back to the Bears. The Blue Devils tossed it to Taye Davis who attempted a halfback pass. However, Zach McConnell was waiting for it and snatched the interception. 

After a few runs, and a 24-yard Chowbay pass to Kyle Mahler, Jahuar Jackson rumbled down to the three yard line with a 34-yard run. Darius Lowery punched it in on the Wildcat formation, and the Bears had their first score of the year. 

After a Lebanon punt, Mt. Juliet once again put together a long drive, 70 yards on eight plays, capped off once again by Lowery on a 3-yard Wildcat run. 

After Lebanon got on the board in the second quarter with a field goal to make it 14-3, the Bears went back to work. Lebanon tried but failed on an onside kick, giving the Bears the short field. Four plays later, Chowbay found Austin Simpson for a 16-yard score, and a 21-3 lead. 

Lebanon answered on just three plays as a Jarren Stewart 45-yard scramble set the Blue Devils up. Two receptions later and Lebanon cut the lead to 21-10. 

It didn’t last long as Mt. Juliet just needed three plays of  their own thanks to a Mahler 46-yard run. Jackson got the 11-yard score to give Mt. Juliet the 28-10 halftime lead. 

A short field once again on the Bears’ first drive in the second half led to another quick score. Chowbay found Lowery on a 20-yard touchdown to make it 35-10. 

Lebanon put together a long drive to cut the score to 35-17, but the Bears answered quickly once again with a three play, 59-yard drive. Mahler scored on a 20-yard run and the Bears pushed it out to 42-17. 

Mt. Juliet was able to get two more scores in the fourth on touchdown runs by Joey Hayes and Colin Williams. 

Mahler led the way for the Bears with 147 total yards, 123 of it on the ground. Chowbay threw for 144 yards and two scores. 

Mt. Juliet will hit the road for the first time next week as they travel to Antioch. Antioch started the season with a 20-0 loss to Cane Ridge. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday. 

 
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