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It wasn't Mt. Juliet's best overall performance, but it was certainly enough to handily defeat LaVergne 35-19 Friday.

Mt. Juliet must prepare for a quick turnaround as they travel to Shackle Island Thursday to play in the MyTV30 Thursday Night Lights game against District 9AAA rival Beech. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Golden Bears' offense struggled, so they had to rely on stellar special teams play to secure the win. Senior DB Josh Shelton blocked a punt on LaVergne's first possession of the game, and Deontre Nealous scooped up the ball and ran 11 yards for Mt. Juliet's first score.

Shelton also blocked an extra point attempt, picked off a pass and was in on seven tackles for the Class 6A No. 5-ranked Golden Bears (4-0).

For his efforts, Shelton was named the Music City Star's Wilson County Player of the Week.

"I think our special teams played extremely well," said Mt. Juliet head coach Roger Perry. "Defensively, I think we played strong for three quarters. We had a breakdown or two late in the game. Offensively, we were so inconsistent tonight. I was very disappointed in our offense."

Mt. Juliet took a commanding 35-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but LaVergne was able to fight back on a 13-yard scoring run by tailback Willie Cowan with 10:25 to go.

Fullback Contrez McCathern led Mt. Juliet with 131 yards on 13 carries, while Drew Fraley ran for 59 yards on 7 carries.

Beech is coming off a wild 40-35 victory over Cookeville High.

From Post staff reports

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