From Post staff reports
MT. JULIET —The last two years, the winner of Mt. Juliet Christian versus Red Boiling Springs has come down to the last play. The Saints came out on top both times, but not in convincing fashion.
This year, there was no doubt as MJCA pummeled the Bulldogs 51-20 Friday night before a happy homecoming crowd.
MJ Christian improved to 2-4 with the victory and 1-2 in region 4, 1A. Red Boiling springs slipped to 0-6 on the season and 0-3 in the league.
Coach Paul Townsend’s team took an early 14-0 first quarter lead after an 18-yard run by Zach Harvey and a 57-yard pass from senior quarterback Chris Frazier to Zach Orr.
But RBS came roaring back to cut the margin to 14-12 after a failed two-point conversion.
But the Saints proved to be too much on this night, piling up over 500 yards of offense and putting six different players in the end zone en route to a lopsided win.
Senior Stephen Hughes finished with 113 rushing and two scores, while the other classmate Trey McNeill racked up 81 yards rushing, 91 receiving and a score.
"We did the things we needed to do" on offense, Townsend said, "and we forced some turnovers when we needed them."
The game was interesting for a while until the second quarter when MJCA put up 31 points going into the half, up by 19.
After an early third quarter RBS score, MJCA put the baby to bed with 20 unanswered points.
Townsend said he was happy so many players got into the action, as seven players carried the ball while maintaining offensive balance.
The Saints rushed the ball 40 times for 289 yards, and Frazier went 9-of-26 for 223 yards.
"Whenever you have this kind of statistical performance, you feel good about your offense," he added. "But the kids came out ready to go and did what they had to do."
MJCA’s defense piled on, stuffing Red Boiling Springs for just 207 yards of total offense and less than 100 on the ground.
The Saints go back on the road October 10 as they travel to Watertown to take on the Purple Tigers in a Region 4, 1A game at Robinson Stadium.