Mt. Juliet-Lebanon series results in Golden Bears 26-25 lead after years of rivalry
The Mt. Juliet Golden Bears shut out rivalry Lebanon Blue Devils last Friday night with a 54-19 victory at their homecoming game at the Golden Bears’ stadium.
Mt. Juliet finally holds the all-time advantage against Lebanon following their stunning win.
The rival teams have been playing against each other since 1924.
The successful defeat against the Blue Devils highlighted an eighth straight win in the team series, marking the longest shared by both teams.
The victory gives Mt. Juliet a 26-25 lead from an annual rivalry that began consistently 39 years ago in 1977.
Mt. Juliet Golden Bears Head Coach, Trey Perry, commented on the big victory.
“This is always a big win for the community, but most importantly on our checklist was that we play fast for 48 minutes, stay healthy, and once we established a solid lead, see who can help us in the big games coming up.”
Perry continued, “We were able to accomplish all of that and I’m extremely proud of our staff, players, and fans.”
The big night between the two big rivals began at 7 p.m. on the Golden Bears’ turf with a kick block resulting in an 80 yard touchdown run down the field from Blue Devils Quarterback, Chandler Crite,.
After the surprising touchdown by the Blue Devils, the Golden Bears gained points on the competing team during the first quarter after Mason Earls’ 3 run and a 32 FG attempt by Bailey with 2:43 left in the first.
After some serious yardage and runs by Mt. Juliet, the second quarter led the two teams into half-time with a score of 23-7, Mt. Juliet.
The second half brought a scoreless third quarter for Lebanon while the Golden Bears continued to pile up points on the scoreboard.
The tables turned during the fourth quarter leaving Mt. Juliet scoreless for the last period and Lebanon with a touchdown score, not enough points though to make up for the 54-19 lead and final score by the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears stocked up 414 yards total in offense with 362 on the ground on 48 attempts during the rivalry homecoming game.
Mt. Juliet now holds a 3-3 record in their league for the season.
Coach Perry mentioned the importance and appreciation the team has of its dedicated fans., “We will need that support this week as we take on one of the top teams in the state,” he said.
The Golden Bears prepare for their next rival battle against the undefeated 5-0 Wilson Central Wildcats Friday night, September 23.