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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. 

MJCA Lady Saint soccer improves to 2-0 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The MJCA Lady Saints move to 2-0 in district play after beating visiting St. Andrews School 5-2 on Thursday evening. 

MJCA had two goals early from senior Amanda Wall (4:19 and 9:15). Junior Sarah Schlosser added two goals at the 28:40 mark and 73:20 mark. Senior Kyndel Boyd added her single goal at the 49:30 mark. 

The Lady Saints defense allowed only 10 shots on goal with junior goal keeper Bailey Jarrett having eight saves in the game. 

Justin Berry is in his first year as varsity soccer coach of the Lady Saints. Berry stated he was proud of how his team played.

“They are beginning to come together and play as a team”. The Lady Saints traveled to Ezell Harding Tuesday.

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.

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