Mt. Juliet 56, Lebanon 23
MT. JULIET – Averaging over seven yards per offensive snap Mt. Juliet powered past rival Lebanon 56-23 Friday in the 2014 season-opener.
The victory marked the sixth in a row for the Bears in the cross-country rivalry, moving Mt. Juliet ahead 22-16 since the series was renewed back in 1977.
Versatile Darius Lowery scored three touchdowns for the Bears, two in the first quarter on short runs after taking direct snaps out of the Wildcat set, and another on a 20 yard pass from Nolan Chowbay early in the third period.
Senior Kyle Mahler racked up 115 yards on just seven rushing attempts while Jahuar Jackson added 72 yards on six rushes.
Chowbay completed 6-of-14 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
While Lebanon generated 346 yards and 15 first downs, the Bears intercepted four Blue Devil passes to snuff out scoring opportunities.
Three LHS passers combined to go 9-of-23 for 88 yards.
Jarren Stewart rushed for 81 yards to lead Lebanon. He also threw a pair of TD passes to Kyle Santana.
Joseph Taylor added 80 yards and a touchdown on seven rushes while Taye Davis had 63 yards on 11 first half carries. He did not play in the second half after suffering cramps.
Thomas Harman paced the Mt. Juliet defense with a pair of interceptions.
Mt. Juliet will be on the road Aug. 29 at Antioch while Lebanon visits Franklin County.
Friendship Christian 27, Harding Acd. 7
MEMPHIS – Friendship Christian opened up a 19-0 first half lead and rolled to a 27-7 win at Harding Academy in Friday night’s season opener.
Senior Austin Taylor helped power the Commander offense with a pair of touchdown runs. He finished with 105 yards while teammate Steven Hollis raced for 134 yards and a score.
FCS dominated defensively, limiting Harding Academy to nine yards on the ground.
Now 1-0 on the season, the Commanders are idle Aug. 29 before playing at The King’s Academy in Seymour Sept. 5.
Cascade 34, Watertown 7
WARTRACE -- Mistakes plagued Watertown all night long in Friday's 34-7 loss at Cascade in the 2014 season opener.
The Tigers allowed four quarterback sacks, and gave up the football on an interception and a blocked punt as the Champions pulled away for a 27-0 lead at intermission.
Workhouse tailback Luke Turner plowed for 155 yards on 32 carried and scored Watertown's lone touchdown on a one yard run in the fourth quarter. Austin Brown added 61 yards rushing on 17 attempts.
The Purple Tigers will host Eagleville Friday, Aug. 29 in the first official varsity game at brand new Robinson Stadium.
Whitwell 45, MJ Christian 7
MT. JULIET – Whitwell rolled up over 400 yards rushing and scored on five consecutive possessions to open the game in Friday’ 45-7 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy at Suey Field.
Rik Van Mali scored on a one yard plunge in the second quarter for MJCA’s only touchdown.
The Saints are idle Aug. 29, but will be back in action Sept. 5 at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
Hendersonville 45, Wilson Central 7
GLADEVILLE – Hendersonville wasted little time getting started in Friday’s 45-7 win over District 9AAA rival Wilson Central at Wildcat Stadium.
The Commandos rolled up 24 first quarter points and never looked back.
QB Jeremias Elston and receiver Sam Pete hooked up on a couple for early scoring passes of 10 and 27 yards for Hendersonville.
Wilson Central was held to 155 yards in offense, all on the ground, and just nine first downs.
The Wildcats will be back in action Friday, Aug. 29 as they host LaVergne.