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Bears host Gallatin tonight

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By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Parking and seating will be at a premium tonight as Gallatin and Mt. Juliet -- two of Middle Tennessees undefeated heavyweights -- square off in a District 9AAA contest.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mt. Juliet. Live radio coverage can be heard on WHIN AM-1010 out of Gallatin.

Gallatin comes in 6-0 / 3-0 in the league after a 31-24 victory over Brentwood High last week at the Wave Yard. The Green Wave is tied for fourth in the Associated Press Class 5A poll with Morristown West.

Mt. Juliet (5-0 / 3-0) was idle last week after whipping Beech 49-25 way back on Sept. 15. Mt. Juliet is ranked fifth in the APs 6A poll.

Weve found ways to win so far this season, but the Mt. Juliet offense is without a doubt the most explosive offenses weve faced so far this season, said Gallatin head coach Robert Lassiter. Their offense starts with their fullback (Contrez McCathern) and they have a good one, and if Im not mistaken, I think hes the only player who plays on both sides of the ball, said Lassiter.

We know theyre going to feature him, but we know they can also throw the ball around because they also have a good quarterback (Caleb Chowbay). We know we have a tough test in front of us, but weve been facing tough challenges all season, so well approach this game the same way.

Mt. Juliet head coach Roger Perry isnt downplaying the excitement surround tonights contest.

Its got all the makings of another big one, Perry said, its important in District 9AAA -- it looks like well have a full house.

Perry was quick to admit that Gallatin has had a tougher road to this point. Theyve played a tougher schedule than we have, its prepared them a little more for the battle. But our guys have worked extremely hard, even during the bye week. Hopefully were excited about playing and are ready to go.

The open week was the first in Perrys lengthy coaching career. I guess well see after Friday if I like it or not, Perry said, laughing, really, our coaches and players worked hard, got some things accomplished and even took a day or two off in there -- days I think our kids needed. All in all, we spent a good amount of time getting prepared for a very good Gallatin football team.

Because Mt. Juliet last played Thursday, Sept. 15 in a MyTV30 Game, Perry and his staff had the opportunity to see Gallatin play in person on two occasions -- against Station Camp and Brentwood High.

In a head-to-head comparison, tonights opposing teams are remarkably similar. Gallatin is averaging 31.5 points per game while Mt. Juliet is averaging 43.6 per contest.

The Green Wave defense has allowed just 15.6 ppg while the Bears are surrendering 16.8 points per game. The two teams have shared one common opponent -- Lebanon.

Mt. Juliet whipped Lebanon 38-13 in the season-opener while the Green Wave blanked the Blue Devils 41-0.

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