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MJ’s big 1st half propels them to win over Antioch, 36-28 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet’s offense looked unstoppable in the first half Friday, as they scored touchdowns on their first four possessions. 

Antioch made a surge in the second half, but Mt. Juliet was able to come out with the 36-28 win. 

Kyle Smith’s 50-yard kickoff return set the Bears up with good field position on the opening possession. 

Ten plays later on 4th and goal, Nolan Chowbay plunged in from one yard out to give Mt. Juliet a 7-0 lead. 

On Antioch’s third play, they fumbled on a pitch out, and Cashuss Reid came up with the loose ball at the 42-yard line. 

Six plays into the drive, Mt. Juliet was backed up on a 3rd-and-16, but Chowbay found Ahmad Bradley, who made a catch in traffic in the end zone, making it 14-0 Mt. Juliet. 

Antioch got on the board on their next drive, which included a 4th-and-15 conversion. KaDarius Hannah scored for Antioch, and the 2-point conversion made it 14-8. 

Mt. Juliet had the answer with a 12-play drive that covered 70 yards. Chowbay picked up three yards on 4th-and-1 to keep the drive alive, and found Smith three plays later for a 17-yard touchdown. Chowbay hooked up with Patrick Cartmell on the 2-point conversion to make it 22-8. 

Chowbay and Cartmell connected twice on Mt. Juliet’s next drive after an Antioch punt. On 2nd-and-7, Cartmell picked up 15 yards, then scored on a 25-yard reception three plays later. The extra point made it 29-8. 

That score looked like it could be the halftime score, as time was running out. But Antioch had one big play left in them for the half. Michael Johnson reeled in a 69-yard pass from Raekwon Hosey. Moses Cornelius added the 2-point conversion to make it 29-16 going into the break. 

It only took Antioch a few plays to get back in the end zone to start the second half. Kebrin Peterson scored on a 43-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed to make it 29-22. 

In the fourth quarter, Antioch put together a long 15-play, 80-yard drive to get within one. Cornelius scored on a 2-yard run to make it 29-28. Antioch lined up to go for two, but Matt Massey came up with an interception to keep Mt. Juliet in front. 

Mt. Juliet needed a score to come out with a win. Set up the 42-yard line, Mt. Juliet went 58 yard on eight plays, helped out by two personal foul penalties on Antioch. Kyle Mahler plunged in from three yards out to get the deciding score. 

Antioch tried to put together a game-tying drive, but another fumble, recovered by Jacob Daniel, ended it. 

Mt. Juliet spread the wealth on offense, as they had eight different ball carriers in the game, and six different receivers pull in passes from Chowbay. 

Chowbay, Smith, Mahler, Ben Cheatham, Jahuar Jackson, Cole Sears, Courtland Douglas and Jordan Hooper all had carries. 

Smith, Mahler, Bradley, Cartmell, Douglas and Logan Hyder had receptions. 

Smith led Mt. Juliet on the ground with 66 yards on nine carries. Smith has 233 yards through the first two games, and is averaging just under 13 yards a carry. 

Chowbay was 7-for-15 for 105 yards and three touchdowns. He picked up 13 yards on the ground as well, and another score. 

Mt. Juliet hits the road to take on Station Camp Friday in a key district matchup. The Bison are 0-1 on the season after a 42-39 defeat against Beech on the nationally televised game on ESPN Sunday, Aug. 25. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday. 

Central battles back for come from behind win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Wilson Central Wildcats traveled to  LaVergne Friday in a match-up of two teams that are looking for their first win of the season.

LaVergne jumped out to a big lead in the first half, but Central came roaring back for a 45-34 win. 

The Wolverines received the ball to start the game. Central’s defense came out strong and looked as if they would get a quick 3 and out. However, after swapping penalties, Wolverine QB C.J. Fore threw a 63 yard TD pass to take the lead 7-0.

On their first possession Central wasted no time with Alex Price ripping off a 69 yard run to tie the score at 7-7.

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On their next possession, the Wolverines moved down the field going 80 yards in 11 plays, capped by a 35 yard touchdown pass by Fore. In less than five minutes of play the score was already 14-7.

The Wolverines got the ball back after a missed field goal and marched down the field again, going 73 yards in nine plays, capped off by a second touchdown from Fore to Quinn Jernighan for a 21-7 lead.

The Wildcats got the ball back at the end of a first quarter. Apparently seeing a mismatch on the right side, Central gave LaVergne a heavy dose of running around the right side.  Butler, Jordan Wilson, Alex Price, and D’Sean Osborne all got carries as the Wildcats went 70 yards in 8 plays. Sophomore Wilson punched the ball in from 1-yard out for his first score and to bring Central within one score. 

The Wildcats got the ball back and went on a nine minute drive going 75 yards on four plays. However, because of a penalty on second down, Central was unable to punch it in from the five. Cavanough did convert a 27-yard field goal to make it 21-17.

The Wolverines then quickly marched down the field, aided by a personal foul by Central, going 65 yards in 20 seconds to take a halftime lead of 28-17.

After halftime, Central wasted no time going 68 yards in three plays. The drive was capped by a 54 yard rush by sophomore Wilson bringing Central within four, at 28-24.

A few possessions later, Price set up the next drive by returning the punt 28 yards to LaVergne’s 27 yard line. Three plays later, Osborne took it in from 11 yards out. The extra point by Cavanough gave the Wildcats the first lead of the night at 31-28.

After Central forced a turnover, a double reverse to Price, set up Jordan Roundtree  from one yard out. Central extended the lead 38-28.

The Wolverines were not going to roll over as they came out and on the first play of the drive got another score. Fore hooked up with Jernigan for a 72 yard pass for a touchdown.  The Wolverines went for two and it was no good.

LaVergne had an onside kick and Weston Rountree took it for a touchdown, however a block in the back brought it back to LaVergne’s 30 yard line.  Kyle Coombs opened up a 25 yard down to the 5.  Two plays later Coombs took the ball in for a score.  

The score was now 45-34, and even though there was 2:04 on the clock, LaVergne attempted a field goal, but would not be able to score again.

Central ended the game with 404 yards rushing the ball, led by Alex Price with 140 yards.  

Roundtree was 4-9 for 75 yards.  LaVergne had 396 yards in passing.

Next week Central travels for the third week in a row to open the season, going to Portland (0-2).

Bears back, beat Blue Devils, 29-8 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

One of the questions coming into the 2013 season, is how would Mt. Juliet be able to replace two 1,000 yard rushers. 

Kyle Smith took care of some of those concerns, getting 167 yards on just nine carries and three touchdowns in a win over Lebanon Thursday night. 

In the first quarter, it looked like Lebanon was going to control the tempo. A 59-yard touchdown run by Taye Davis and a 2-point conversion put the Blue Devils up 8-0. The Bears only managed  one first down in the first quarter, and it wasn’t until a big stop early in the second quarter that the Bears were able to steal some momentum. 

On 4th-and-1 from the Bears 46, the Blue Devils tried to pick up the first down, but were stuffed. Seven plays later, Smith got the first big run of the night for the Bears, going 27 yards down to the four. He punched it in, but a 2-point conversion failed to make it 8-6. 

The Bears used an 11-play drive just before the half to get the lead. They weren’t able to get into the end zone, but Justin Dubay added a 34-yard field goal to give the Bears a 9-8 lead at the half. 

In the third quarter, Smith struck again, this time getting to the second level, stumbling while going into a spin move, then outracing everyone to the end zone for 74 yards. The 2-point conversion failed again, making it 15-8. 

On Mt. Juliet’s next possession, Nolan Chowbay dropped back, broke away from a sack, rolled out and found Kyle Mahler for a 20-yard gain. A personal foul pushed it 15 yards further, and two plays later, Smith got his third TD on a 46-yard run, making it 22-8. 

Courtland Douglas capped off the scoring with another long touchdown run, this time from 79 yards out. 

Mt. Juliet will play their first home game of the season next week as they host Antioch. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

In our Football Preview section, some names were left off the Mt. Juliet roster. They were: Kyle Smith, Alex Landis, Kyle Fisher, Myles Fisher, Justin Dubay, Garrett Zickgraf, Jay Murphy, Blake Propes, Chase Sullivan, Alec Naiman, Andrew Fletcher, Matt Massey, Sidney Willis, Dominick Jamison, Jacob Bailey, C.J. Brooks and Michael Moore. 

Central falls on the road at Hendersonville, 28-14 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shaee Flatt

Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central started their quest for another playoff spot Friday and hit the road to play the Hendersonville Commandoes. 

After a back and forth first half, the Commandoes were able to keep the Wildcats off the board in the second, en route to a 28-14 victory. 

Hendersonville kicked off to start the game on a beautiful Friday night, and then forced the Wildcats to punt on their first possession of the 2013 season. The Commadoes then got behind a tough read option running game, and struck first with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter, on a 12-yard touchdown from Junior Cameron Turner. 

Central, however, struck right back on their very first play from scrimmage as senior quarterback Jordan Roundtree found senior wide receiver Alex Price deep for a 71 yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter. 

With just under 12 minutes remaining in the half, Wilson Central found themselves threatening with a chance to take the lead. On 3-and-goal from the four yard line, but Roundtree’s pass to the end zone was picked off by junior safety Braden Schwerdt. 

The teams would then trade touchdown drives. Jeremiah Elston found Justin Moore on a 43-yard score for Hendersonville, and Central would get a 4-yard run by Kaleb Butler. The 14-14 score would stick until the half. 

Hendersonville contolled the second half, holding the Wildcats out of the end zone. 

Central fell behind 21-14 with 4:51 left in the third on an Anthony Tate TD. 

Hendersonville would get another interception, and three plays later, Hendersonville was in the end zone, making it 28-14. That score would hold up as the final, as the Wildcats dropped to 0-1 on the young season.

Senior wide out Alex Price was a bright spot for Wilson Central in the loss, as he hauled in three receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown to go along with six rushes for 72 yards, giving him 202 total yards from scrimmage on the night. 

For Hendersonville, the ground game led the way. Senior Corey Jones and junior Cameron Turner led the way combining for 29 carries for 227 yards rushing. 

Wilson Central will be on the road again next week as they travel to La Vergne. It will be the second of five straight road games to open the season for Wilson Central. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

MJCA drops opener in Whitwell, 31-21 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Saints crossed over Monteagle Mountain for its season opener in Whitwell against the Whitwell Tigers.  

Monteagle turned out to be much less of an obstacle than the Tiger running backs which led Whitwell to a 31-21 victory over the Saints.

After taking the opening kickoff, the Saints moved swiftly down field until quarterback, Ric Vanmali, was intercepted setting up Whitwell’s first touchdown followed by a two-point conversion.  

The Saints countered with a score of its own but failed on the two-point conversion resulting in an 8-6 score at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Whitwell begin to use a ball-control offense with a combination of inside and outside running plays to dominate time-of possession and stretch their lead to 16-6.  

However, the Saints prevented another Tiger score just before halftime with an incredible goal-line stand as time expired.

The second half was all Whitwell. The Tigers continued their relentless running attack to stretch the lead to 31-6. However, the determined Saints kept fighting and scored second-half  touchdowns highlighted by a one-handed diving catch at the back of the end zone by tight end, Zach Jones, and a long touchdown run by running back, Noah Wilson, to narrow the final scoring gap to ten. 

The Saints have a bye week this week and will take on Middle Tennessee Christian in its home-opener on September 6th under new lights which have just been installed at Edward Suey Field on the Saint’s campus.

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