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Friendship's Austin Taylor

Wilson Central 41, Dickson Co. 31
DICKSON -- Friday night's long trip down I-40 to Dickson County was well worth the effort as Wilson Central came away with a 41-31 victory over the Cougars.

Coach Brad Dedman's team got out of the blocks quickly, opening up a 21-0 lead on an 18-yard run by Dakivian Moore and a pair of long touchdown passes from Cody Ray to Blake Lea (62 yards) and Zack Dover (69 yards).

With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 2-4 on the season headed into the final four games of the season -- all on the road -- headed into an Oct. 3 game at District 9AAA rival Station Camp.

Huntland 51, MJ Christian 14
HUNTLAND -- The outcome was never in doubt as Huntland ran out to a 35-0 lead and never looked back in Friday's 51-14 win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. Huntland improved to 4-1 with the victory while MJ Christian fell to 0-5.

The Saints managed 218 yards in total offense, thanks in part to a 13-of-28 passing effort from QB Rik Vanmali. The senior lefty threw for 167 yards and he ran for MJCA's second touchdown, a one-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter.

Mt. Juliet Christian's first score came with 3:39 left in the first half as Peyton Sloan ran in from the one. Vanmali connected with Landon Boyd for the two-point conversion.

Nine different Hornets combined to rush for 294 yards on 35 attempts, an average of 8.5 yards per carry.

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy will be back in action Friday, Oct. 3 as the Saints play at Friendship Christian School.

Watertown 32, Cannon Co. 12
Junior Skylor Scales got the crowd going by returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as Watertown went on to record a 32-12 homecoming victory over Cannon County Friday, Sept. 26 at Robinson Stadium.

Scales, who also had two pass receptions for 37 yards, helped the Tigers get off to a fast start -- something the squad had been lacking earlier in the season.

Following his kickoff return, Watertown went out to a 9-0 lead as the Tiger defense bottled up Cannon County for a safety with 6:44 left in the first quarter.

Cameron Jennings pushed the lead to 12-0 with a booming 25-yard field goal.

Luke Turner broke away for a 48-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and the lead ballooned to 19-0 in Watertown's favor. Turner finished the night with 16 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Four Purple Tiger defenders reached double figures in tackles, led by Jennings with 12 and Brady Swann with 11 -- including two tackles for loss.Turner and Zack Grisham each had 10 stops while Robert Caruthers finished with nine tackles -- three coming behind the line of scrimmage.

Watertown (2-4) plays Friday, Oct. 3 at district rival Gordonsville High.

Friendship 34, FRA 20
NASHVILLE -- Stepping up when his team needed him the most, Friendship Christian senior Austin Taylor responded with a 248-yard rushing effort and scored three touchdowns to lift the Commanders to a 34-20 come from behind victory at Franklin Road Academy Friday, Sept. 26.

Playing without leading rusher Steven Hollis, who is out for the season after being injured in the loss to Knox Webb, Taylor carried the ball a career-high 30 times -- averaging just under 10 yards per attempt. His touchdowns came on runs of 11, 11 and 41 yards as the Commanders improved to 4-1 on the season.

The win marked a milestone for FCS head coach John McNeal, who saw his career won-loss mark improve to 200-99 -- a winning percentage of .668.

Gene Carman had 14 tackles and Gage Bentley 12 to pace the FCS defensive effort. Taylor added nine tackles while Will Burress chipped in with eight as FCS limited FRA to just one score in the second half.

Friendship Christian will be back in action Friday, Oct. 3 as they welcome Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to Pirtle Field for a 7 p.m. East-Middle District contest.

Centennial 39, Mt. Juliet 10
Mt. Juliet High slipped to 4-2 on the season as Centennial ruined the Golden Bear homecoming with a 39-10 win Friday.

The Cougars racked up 16 first downs and 358 yards in total offense -- remaining undefeated at 6-0. Speedy Deon Sanders paced Centennial with 162 yards and a pair of TDs on 22 carries.

Mt. Juliet managed just 200 yards in offense -- including just 95 on the ground.

The Golden Bears will be back in action Friday, Oct. 3 as Beech comes to town for a MyTV30 Friday Night Rivals game.

Cookeville 69, Lebanon 6
COOKEVILLE -- If Friday night's game at Cookeville had been a prize fight, it would have been stopped.

The undefeated Cavaliers dominated in every phase of the game Friday, handing Lebanon a 69-6 loss at Eddie Watson Stadium.

Cookeville, who has now outscored their opponents 270-29 through six games, buried the Blue Devils (0-6) under a first half avalanche of points -- scoring on the ground, through the air, on an interception return and a punt return -- taking a 62-6 lead into intermission.

Lebanon will return home to Tribble Field for the final four games of the season -- beginning Friday, Oct. 3 vs. Gallatin. The Green Wave stands 2-3 after a 23-9 win over Trousdale County last week.

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