Saints, Davis gain first win
MT. JULIET -- Quarterback Rik Vanmali threw for three first half touchdowns as Mt. Juliet Christian Academy won for the first time this season Friday night, posting a 36-0 victory over Pickett County at Suey Field.
The win was the first for the Saints since Oct. 25, 2013 when MJCA topped Zion Christian 34-0, and marked the first career head coaching victory for first year head coach Dan Davis.
"The players came out and played hard like we want them to," Coach Davis said.
"There was a good focus and the players got after it and made plays. As a coach that is what you want to see in all three phases. The defense played well and threw a shutout and played aggressive."
Vanmali finished the night four-of-10 passing for 120 yards and was picked off once. He threw touchdown strikes to Peyton Sloan (45 yards), Newman Ward (50 yards) and Landon Boyd (14 yards).
Sloan carried 11 times for 84 yards and opened the scoring for the Saints with a first quarter TD run of seven yards.
Samuel Eastin chipped in with two runs for 14 yards, including a 10 yard scoring run, also in the first quarter.
Linebacker Tristan Mathis led the defensive effort with 10 tackles, including three quarterback sacks.
With the win, MJCA improved to 1-6 on the season headed into a Friday, Oct. 17 home game vs. The King's Academy.
Pickett County slipped to 2-6 overall with the loss.