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Beech pulls away from MJ late PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Mt. Juliet went toe to toe with defending 5A State Champion Beech Friday, but came up short in a 35-24 loss. 

The Bears led 24-21 going into the fourth quarter, but Beech was able to pick up two touchdowns to come away with the win. 

Beech and Mt. Juliet went back and forth in the first half. Mt. Juliet struck first, as a 53-yard run by Kyle Smith set them up with a first and goal. Ben Cheatham went in for the six yard score to put the Bears up 7-0. 

Beech answered behind 60-yard, 7-play drive. Dorian Carter scored from nine yards out to tie the game up. 

A Beech interception set  them up at the Bears 19-yard line, and four plays later Carter scored again, this time from five yards out to make it 14-7. 

Mt. Juliet punched back as Smith got another big run, this time for 41 yards to set them up once again with a first-and-goal. Smith eventually punched it in from 12 yards out to tie the game up. 

A bobbled snap on a Mt. Juliet punt attempt set Beech up in at the 15-yard line, but Mt. Juliet’s defense came up with a big stop. Jacob Daniel bust through the line on two straight plays for tackles for loss, and that was followed by a false start and two incompletions to turn the ball over. Mt. Juliet took advantage as runs by Courtland Douglas, Kyle Mahler and Smith moved them down the field. A pass from Alex Landis to Logan Hyder pushed the Bears down to the 16-yard line and Garrett Zickgraf was able to put a field goal through the uprights with five seconds remaining to give Mt. Juliet the 17-14 lead going into the break. 

Beech took the lead back on the first drive of the second half going 64 yards on 14 plays. They converted a 4th-and-goal on a quarterback bootleg run in by Parker Henry. 

The Bears came right back again as Jordan Hooper was the man with the big run, as he scampered 33 yards. Mahler eventually got the score from nine yards to pull back ahead 24-21. 

Beech pulled together another 14-play drive that included a conversion on 4th-and-15 when the punter Henry avoided Bear player trying to block the punt and took off running for 19 yards. Kourtney Hawkins got the score to make it 28-24 Buccaneers. 

Mt. Juliet was unable to pick up a first down on their next drive and had to punt it back to Beech. The Buccaneers put together another long drive to pick up another score and ice the game. 

Smith led the Bears with 148 yards on 12 carries. 

Mt. Juliet is back at home Friday as they take on Hendersonville. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

MJ soccer finishes district play with winning record PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For the first time in six years, the Mt. Juliet girls soccer team finished with a winning record in District 9-AAA play. They beat Gallatin, 1-0, making them 4-3 on the season.

Riley Wending’s goal on a free kick with eight seconds left in the first half was the only score. Mt. Juliet had over 30 shots on goal and spent the majority of the time on the offensive end, just couldn’t get more than the one goal. 

Mt. Juliet celebrated Senior Night Thursday against Riverdale, but came up on the losing end, 4-0. 

“We were not ready to play tonight and it showed,” said Head Coach Ryan Hill. “Riverdale beat us to most 50/50 balls and controlled the pace of the game. We never really had any good chances to score.”

MJ tied the Middle Tennessee Golden Eagles 4-4 Monday. 

Middle Tennessee is made up of home school girls all over the region, and is based out of Lebanon. 

The Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Lady Bears battled back. Lauren Whitmire scored unassisted for us in the 7th minute of the second half. Savanah Collins scored on an assist by Julia Duggan in the 8th minute. Whitmire scored again in the 20th minute on an assist by Destini Oldham. Nataya Wade scored unassisted in the 26th minute.

“We played slow in the first half and did not pressure the ball which allowed them to scored three goals,” said Hill. “In the second half we controlled the tempo and gave ourselves alot more chances to score. I was proud of us coming back from being down 3-0. The girls could have given up but did not.”

Mt. Juliet finishes the regular season Thursday at Stewarts Creek. District Tournament play will begin Saturday. 

Strong 4th quarter lifts Station Camp over Central PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David Watkins

Chronicle Correspondent

On Friday night, Station Camp traveled down 109 to Wilson Central for a match up of two District 9-AAA teams. The game was tight early, but the Bison pulled away from the Wildcats for a 48-27 victory.  

In the first half the teams swapped scores and Wilson Central was down 20-17 at the half.  The Wildcats put up a field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter and the game was all tied at 20 going into the last quarter.  However, in the 4th, Station Camp put up 21 unanswered points and outscored Central 28 to 7 to win the game.

On Station Camp’s second possession, they were able to move the ball fairly easily.  On 2nd-and-9 from Central’s 23-yard line, Preston Reed came up with a 9 yard sack.  However, on the next play Josh Malone caught a 32 yard touchdown pass. Reed got a hand on the extra point and it fell short.  Station Camp took a 6-0 lead with 4:45 to go in the 1st.

A few possessions later, Station Camp began to move the ball.  They had gained two first downs when Thomas Thurston picked off a pass and took it into the end zone.  However, Central was called for a block in the back and the TD didn’t count, but Central got the ball on their 28. On the next play Price hit a big hole with a full head of steam and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. With 9:51 to go in the half Central took a 7-6 lead.

Three plays later Malone caught a 27 yard pass.  Central’s Colt Russell picked off the Bison’s two point attempt, putting them down, 12-7.

On  Station Camp’s next possession, the first play they fumbled and it was recovered by Central’s Dillon Smith on the 7.  Three plays later Vic Johnson took it in from 4 yards out.  Cavanough’s extra point was good and Central took a 14-12 lead.

Central’s defense held and forced a punt.  However, the offense coughed the ball up and gave Station Camp the chance to score.  They went for 2 and it was good.  With only a minute left in the half, Central moved within field goal range and Cavanough hit one from 23 yards out to go into the half down 20-17.

The third quarter was a slow one with both sides keeping the ball on the ground.  The only score of the half came after Central’s Colt Russell picked off Station Camp at midfield.  Central moved the ball into range and Cavanough hit a 28 yard field goal, tying the game at 20.

The 4th quarter was all Station Camp as they scored on all four of their possessions. Central was only able to score on one of its’ four possessions.

Next week Central is at home again Beech (5-2) comes to town.

Friendship downs MJCA PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friendship Christian School running back, Austin Taylor, scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Commanders compiled over 330 yards of rushing offense in a 41-7 win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy last Friday.

Taylor scored on runs of 5 and 27 yards in the first quarter on his way to a total of 77 yards for the night.  Steven Hollis, who led the Commanders in rushing with 105 yards, scored from 32 yards out on the first play of the second quarter.  Quarterback A. J. Hollis added an 18 yard rushing touchdown before Taylor scored his third TD of the half to give the Commanders a 35-0 lead at intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, MJCA was driving deep into Friendship territory when a Saints fumble was returned 68 yard for Friendship’s final score.  The Saints got on the score board when quarterback, Ric VanMali, found tight end, Zach Jones, in the end zone with 4:22 remaining the game.  The point-after by Landon Boyd was good for the final score.

The Saints (1-5) will entertain Pickett County for Homecoming, this Friday night with kickoff scheduled for 7:00PM.

Late rally falls short for MJ at Centennial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A late rally by Mt. Juliet came up short at Centennial Friday in a 38-24 loss. 

Mt. Juliet trailed 28-10 at the half, but came within 31-24 late in the fourth quarter. However, Centennial was able to ice the game with a late score. 

The first was back and forth, as big plays defined the quarter. Centennial struck first with a Deon Sanders 24-yard run, but a big kick return by Kyle Smith set up a 47-yard run by Courtland Douglas on the first play of the drive to tie the game. 

B.J Griffin gave the Cougars the lead back on a 44-yard run, but Mt. Juliet was able to get points to answer. The Bears had a 14-play drive, including a touchdown run by Smith that was called back, but the drive stalled at the 11-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty, Garrett Zickgraf, in for an injured Justen Dubay, kicked a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. 

Centennial controlled the second and third quarters, pushing their lead out to 31-10. But Mt. Juliet went down slugging in the fourth quarter. Two big plays for scores cut the lead to a touchdown. Smith had another big run, this time from 55-yards out to make it 31-17, and then Alex Landis connected on a bomb to Patrick Cartmell for 53 yards to make it 31-24. 

The Cougars were able to keep the ball and run out the rest of the clock while tacking on another score. 

Smith finished the day with 106 yards on 11 carries. Alex Landis was 10-for-18 on the night for 110 yards through the air. Ahmad Bradley pulled in seven catches for 53 yards. 

Mt. Juliet is on the road again next week as they travel to Beech. Kickoff is 7  p.m.

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