The Mt. Juliet Bears repeatedly got knocked down Friday by visiting Riverdale in the first round of the playoffs.
But no matter how many times they did, whether it be the 89-yard touchdown on the first play of the game or the late two score deficit late in the fourth, they got back up and they kept fighting. Unfortunately for the Bears, Riverdale held off the effort and advanced to the second round with a 20-14 victory.
Tennessee Mr. Football nominee Savion Davis got the Warriors on the board on the first Riverdale play with an 89-yard run.
Davis scored again late in the first on a 31-yard run, and the game was quickly in the Warriors’ favor at 13-0.
But the Bears weren’t going down without a fight. They put together an 18-play, 83-yard drive that included two fourth down conversions, and ended with an Aidan Raines touchdown around the right side making it 13-7 going into the half.
The third quarter was scoreless, but Riverdale appeared to put it away when Davis got his third touchdown with 9:14 left to go in the game. But the Bears went to the air, and senior Cody Glass went to work. Glass marched the Bears down the field, and a 54-yard connection to Malik Bowen suddenly had the Bears back in it. A few plays later, Glass punched it in to cut the lead to 20-14.
Riverdale just needed to put together a couple of first downs to end the game, but the Bear defense got the stop it needed. The Bears got it back, and moved the ball a bit downfield, but just couldn’t get that big play to the notch the score. With just over a minute to play, Glass’ pass fell incomplete on 4th-and-13 and the Warriors were able to run out the clock and end the Bears’ season.
Mt. Juliet finished the season 10-1, including seven shutouts. The defensive group only gave up 50 points on the year, while the offense piled up 406.
By: Kenny Howell, The Chronicle Correspondent