The Mt. Juliet Christian Academy middle-school football team defeated the East Catholic Bulldogs 12-6, in a torrential downpour Thursday night, at Ed Suey Field. The Saints persevered as they battled the weather as well as a talented East Catholic squad. The win moves the Saints to 2-1 for the season.
After the Bulldogs scored on their first possession, the skies darkened and the rain began. But on the next drive, QB Shawn Link pitched to RB Eli Wilson on the option and Wilson scampered in for a 32-yard touchdown. That would be the last score until the end of the third quarter as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey turned the game into a soggy, back-and-forth affair.
But shortly after the half ended, Wilson, now at the Free Safety position, picked up an East Catholic fumble and ran for 58 yards, almost making it to the end zone. Braxton Lamberth finished the job with a five-yard score that put MJCA up 12-6.
Late in the fourth quarter, East Catholic mounted an impressive drive that found them on the Saints 11-yard line with first and 10 and a minute to go. The Saints’ line bent but did not break on first and second down. On third down, a Bulldog rusher got free but a touchdown-saving tackle by LB Cole Carlisle effectively ended the game. With one second on the clock, East Catholic threw an incomplete pass and the game was over.
On the offensive side of the ball, Link rushed for 36 yards on seven attempts and two first downs while Wilson ran for 45 yards on four attempts and a touchdown. Defensive leaders included Jonah Britton, Cole Carlisle and Eli Burgess, each of whom collected four tackles.
Mt. Juliet plays Murfreesboro’s St. Rose Catholic School at home next Thursday night, September 7, at 6 p.m.