By ZACK OWENSBY
GLADEVILLE — Big plays were easier to come by than parking Friday night when the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears visited Wilson Central for the Wildcats’ 2008 season opener.
But no play was bigger than the game-sealing interception by Central’s Kelton Stewart with 57 seconds left, capping his tremendous play with a 45-yard return and a dive into the end zone from three yards out, tallying the final score of 39-27.
Flags flew for an unsportsmanlike penalty, but hardly a Wildcat cared.
Roger Perry’s Golden Bears had clawed back from a 17-0 deficit early in the second quarter to hold a slim lead of 27-24 with a minute-and-a-half to play.
Central quarterback Stewart fumbled the exchange with tailback Alex Raines, and MJ recovered with a little over six minutes left to play and the lead.
When Central got the ball back, the Bears’ defense stood firm and forced the ‘Cats to punt with less than three minutes to play, down by three.
WATERTOWN – DeKalb County’s offense finally came to life and helped the Class 3A Tigers rally for a 31-14 victory over Watertown Friday night at Robinson Stadium.
Watertown (1-1) led 14-10 heading into the fourth quarter when DeKalb County erupted for three unanswered touchdowns and took command of the game.
DeKalb County improved to 2-0 on the season and saw quarterback Hunter Poteet complete 12-of-21 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Poteet also ran 22 times for 63 yards and scored once.
Watertown’s Dalton Phillips completed 9-of-15 attempts for 71 yards.
Ethan Patterson rushed five times for 36 yards, including an 11 yard touchdown.
Blaze Eaton ran 11 times for 56 yards and had the play of the game defensively as he intercepted a Poteet pass and returned it 61 yards for a score midway through the first quarter.
The Purple Tigers will be back in action Friday, Sept. 5 as they open up Region 4, 1A action with a road trip to Hartsville to take on Trousdale County High School.
PHOTO -- DeKalb County quarterback Hunter Poteete (10) vaults over the goal line despite the efforts of Purple Tiger defender Cody Christian during Friday night’s 31-14 loss at Robinson Stadium. The Purple Tigers take a record of 1-1 to Hartsville Sept. 5 for a regional contest against Trousdale County High School.
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By JOHN B. BRYAN
LEBANON -- The first two offensive plays of the 2008 season resulted in touchdowns for Friendship Christian as the Commanders overwhelmed visting Ezell Harding 56-20 Friday night at Pirtle Field.
Junior tailback John Markham started the scoring action on his first touch of the year and went 46 yards off tackle to score as sophomore place kicker Will Crockett added the point after for an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles couldn’t get much going on their next offensive possession and FCS took over on the Ezell Harding’s 28 yard line following a Payton Alsup 30 yard punt return.
From there junior quarterback Lee Maasen hit a wide open Charlie Tumbleston in the end zone for a 28 yard scoring catch. Crockett added the extra point and FCS led 14-0 with less than three minutes gone in the first quarter.
"We did some things right early, but we made some horrible mistakes as the game went on," said FCS coach John McNeal.
By TOMMY BRYAN
In a game that had more twists and turns than a dime store mystery novel, Gallatin came from roaring from behind to defeat Lebanon 33-30 Friday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.
The Blue Devils piled up a hefty 17-0 cushion at intermission, only to see Gallatin score on every second half possession.
"We came out in the second half and didn’t play our responsibility," said LHS coach Bobby Brown, "we had some people doing their own thing.
"We had ‘em fourth and 17 late in the fourth quarter, but if you don’t play your responsibility, you don’t win games."
Lebanon got the crowd on their feet on the second play from scrimmage as Matthew Maynard fired a pass in the left flat to wideout Robert Crudup – who shook a tackle and sprinted 56 yards for a touchdown.
The Blue Devils got the ball back near midfield as Matthew Maynard recovered a Green Wave fumble.