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Mt. Juliet falls to visiting Centennial, 39-10 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet couldn’t get moving on Centennial’s attacking defense and couldn’t slow down a powerful running game in a 39-10 loss Friday. 

Mt. Juliet was only able to pick up one first down in their first four possessions, allowing Centennial to jump out to a 17-0 lead. 

It wasn’t until Nolan Chowbay found Alex Landis on a 52-yard pass that Mt. Juliet got going. That reception, in addition to a facemask penalty, pushed the Bears down to the one yard line. Chowbay punched it in and cut the lead to 17-7. 

Centennial answered on the next drive with a 59-rushing touchdown by Tyrel Dodson. 

Justin Dubay added a 37-yard field goal late in the game for the other Mt. Juliet score. 

Mt. Juliet returns to district play this Friday as they take on Beech. The game will be televised on WUXP/My30. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Mt. Juliet. 

Central wins shootout over Dickson County PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central’s first road trip of the season turned out to be a good one, as they knocked off Dickson County, 41-31. 

Central’s offense started off hot, easily moving the ball from their own 20 to the 30-yard line of Dickson County. 

After an opening drive stalled, the Wildcats came back strong as they kept the ball on the ground and went 83 yards in six plays to score. Tyler Bowes had a 48-yard run to open the drive and Dakivian Moore ended the drive with an 18-yard score.  Central took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

On the second play of Central’s next drive, Cody Ray hit Blake Lea with a 62-yard touchdown pass to give Central a 14-0 lead.

On their next play, Ray hits Zack Dover with a 69-yard pass to give Central a 21-0 lead with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

As time expired in the first quarter, Dickson County was able to get on the board with a 39-yard pass to cut the lead to 21-7. They then added a field goal to cut the lead to 21-10. 

Both teams had another score in them for the half. Central marched down the field, capping off an 81-yard drive with a Ray to Noah Stafford 10-yard touchdown pass. Dickson County had a short field and only had to go 50 yards to score.  The teams went into the half with a score of 28-17.

Most of the third quarter was taken up with a long drive by Dickson County. They went 62 yards in 16 plays. Dickson County went for a 2-point conversion, but came up short.  Central’s lead was cut to 28-23.

Central’s next drive continued into the fourth quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Central fumbled the ball.  Dickson then went 62 yards in nine plays to take their first lead of the game, going up 31-28, having successfully converted a 2-point conversion.

Central then marched down the field and pulled out a trick play and running back Jordan Wilson hit Blake Lea with a 23-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead at 34-31 with just over six minutes to go. Central again went for a 2-point conversation and came up short.

Dickson turned the ball over on downs on their two remaining possessions. With 26 seconds left in the game, Central’s Tyler Bowes ran it in from two yards out to give Central a 10 point lead, 41-31. 

Central ended the night with over 550 yards of offense.

Next week Central goes to Station Camp (2-3) in an important district matchup.

MJ-Central go down to the wire, Bears win 17-10 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

When cross town rivals get together, you know it is going to be a knock down, drag out game. 

That proved to be true as Mt. Juliet held off a late rally by Wilson Central in a 17-10 win. 

Offensive fireworks were at a minimum all game as the Mt. Juliet and Central defenses limited the big plays. If you were going to score, it was going to have to be through execution of small plays. 

Mt. Juliet did that on the opening drive, but couldn’t find the end zone. However, Hayes Foster put the ball between the uprights from 31 yards out, and the Bears took the early lead, 3-0. 

Central was not able to get anything on their next two possessions, and after the second, a short punt set Mt. Juliet up at the Wildcats’ 35 yard line. 

After seven plays, three of which were Kyle Mahler runs totaling 20 yards, Josh Williams plunged in from a yard out to push the Mt. Juliet lead out to 10-0. 

Central needed to get points on the board before the break, and they did that on a 16-play drive that ate up most of the second quarter. They couldn’t get a touchdown, but Adam Williams knocked it in from 24 yards out to cut the lead to 10-3. 

Central got the ball to start the second half, and needed to keep up the momentum, but Mt. Juliet snatched it away in the form of a Will Richman interception on the third play of the second half. He returned it to the one yard line, and Nolan Chowbay got behind his offensive line and pushed it in for the Bears to make it 17-3. 

Central had another long drive, this one an 18-play drive, but couldn’t capitalize with any points. However, after getting set up at the 47-yard line, a pass from Cody Ray to Anthony Dobson for 28 yards, the Wildcats were in business. Four plays later, Jordan Wilson scored from four yards out to cut the lead to 17-10 late in the fourth. 

Mt. Juliet was only able to get one first down, but a Justin Dubay punt  pushed Central all the way back to their own 2-yard line. They needed 98 yards for the tying score, and they went to work. 

A facemask penalty against the Bears got them out of the shadow of their on end zone, and Ray picked up a first down on two runs. Short receptions moved them down the field, eventually getting them to the 34-yard line. Ray was looking for a receiver near the end zone on his next throw, but the Bears’ Tavner Simmons was patrolling the center of the field. He jumped and snagged the interception, securing the victory for the Bears. 

Mt. Juliet will return home to celebrate Homecoming this Friday as they host Centennial. Central will be on the road the next five weeks. That starts with Dickson County Friday. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.

Bears suffer first loss of season, 49-21 to Blackman PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet had its hands full Friday night as they visited 6A No. 2 Blackman. 

The Bears suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the powerful Blaze team, 49-21. 

Blackman was able to dominate the first half, racing out to a 28-0 lead behind University of Tennessee commitment Quarterback Jauan Jennings. Jennings had a 59-yard touchdown pass and a 78-yard run for a touchdown in the first five minutes of play. The Blackman defense was also able to keep Mt. Juliet from passing the 50-yard line in the first half. 

The Bears came out still fighting in the second half, as they took the opening drive to the end zone. Mt. Juliet went 85 yards in seven plays, and it was capped off when Alex Landis got behind the defense and Nolan Chowbay lobbed it over the top for a 43-yard score. 

The strong Blackman offense kept churning as they built the lead back out to 49-7. 

Mt. Juliet was able to get two more scores in the final quarter as Chowbay threw two more touchdown passes, the first to Josh Williams, and the final one to Bryce Camacho. 

Chowbay finished the night 13-for-21 for 219 yards and three touchdowns. 

Mt. Juliet will be on the road again next week as they travel to rival Wilson Central. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday. 

Central falls in high scoring affair against Cleveland, 49-35 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

Cleveland raced out to an early lead and held off Central, 49-35 Friday. 

The first quarter had few bright spots as in the first 10:30 of the game the Wildcats gave up three touchdowns, fumbled the ball twice, and didn’t even gain a single first down on offense.

The end of the first quarter showed some promise as the offense was able to string together a 63-yard drive to cut the lead to 21-7 going into the second quarter. Cody Ray hit Anthony Dobson with a big 25 yard pass play to move the ball down the field and Jordan Hooper capped off the drive with a 7-yard run.

Central’s defense stiffened in the second as they limited Cleveland’s offense to only 17 yards and forced two punts.  However, Central’s offense was not able to get any points on the board as they fumbled the ball their first possession of the second quarter and missed a 35-yard field goal as time was expiring in the half.

Both offenses came out hot after the break, as Cleveland went 62 yards in four plays (including a 33-yard touchdown on 4th down) to take a 28-7 lead on their first possession and Central went 80 yards in two plays to score. Ray hit Zack Dover with a 78-yard pass to bring Central within two scores, down 28-14.

Cleveland was not done as they went 85 yards on one play to take a 35-14 lead.

Central was able to pick up a little momentum as the clock was winding down in the third as they were able to go 71 yards in 11 plays, capped off by a  4-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bowes. Ray went 4-for-7 for 57 yards, connecting with three different receivers on that drive.

The fourth quarter was all excitement as it opened with Cleveland going 47 yards in six plays to take a 42-21 lead.

Central answered, going 73 yards in nine plays to score.  Ray was 5-for-5 for 70 yards.  The lead was cut to 42-28.  The drive was capped off by a 1-yard run by Bowes.

Central’s defense held, but Ray came out and threw an interception that Cleveland took in for their final score of the game, taking a 49-21 lead.

Central’s offense had one more score in them. Jordan Wilson hit a hole and went 36 yards to score with just over two minutes left in the game.  

Central will host their last home game of the season Friday, as they host rival Mt. Juliet. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday. 

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