Tigers rally to claim 2nd place
WESTMORELAND -- Down 30-20 late in the second quarter, Watertown poured on the gas in the second half for a 49-30 victory over Westmoreland Friday at Eagle Stadium.
Quarterback Seth Price threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in the win.
He finished 19-of-29 passing for 310 yards. Vonte Bates caught nine passes for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
With the win the Purple Tigers finished the regular season 9-1 overall and will host a first round Class 2A game against Chattanooga's Boyd Buchanan (7-3) Nov. 4 at Robinson Stadium.
Wilson Central 38, Overton 31
GLADEVILLE -- Down 21-17 at intermission, Wilson Central staged a stirring second half comeback to knock off Nashville Overton 38-31 Friday.
Tyler Bowes ran 33 times for 142 yards and scored a fourth quarter touchdown.
Blake Meadors completed 16-of-26 passes for for 189 yards and was picked off once.
Devon High and Colton Dowell each caught seven passes for 93 yards. High had two TD receptions, one for 32 yards on a quick screen and a 23-yarder in the third period.
With the victory, the Wildcats closed the regular season at 8-2 overall and earned third place in the Region 3, 6A standings.
WCHS will host a first round playoff game Friday, Nov. 4 against Collierville (3-7).
Franklin 45, Lebanon 0
FRANKLIN -- Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss last week the Mt. Juliet, Franklin took care of business with a 45-0 victory over Lebanon Friday at Howard Gamble Stadium.
The Rebels (8-2) took advantage of good field position for three scoring drives of less than 30 yards and finished with 290 yards in total offense.
Lebanon (1-9) managed just 77 yards -- only 13 on the ground -- and six first downs.
The Rebels finished second in Region 3, 6A and will host the No. 7 team from the Shelby County region -- Germantown (3-7).
The Blue Devils will travel to Memphis next week to take on the No. 1 team from Region 4, 6A -- undefeated Whitehaven.
Friendship 46, LCA 6
SMYRNA -- Friendship Christian closed out the regular season on a high note, posting a 47-6 win over Lancaster Christian Academy Friday at Smyrna Middle School. The Commanders (6-4) led 14-0 after one quarter and 34-0 at intermission.
It was a rough senior night for the Knights (4-6) as they were flagged for 16 penalties for 151 yards and turned the ball over three times.
The Commanders scored on the opening drive, taking the ball 60 yards and punching it into the end zone with a running back Spencer Burge slamming in from the six.
A recovery of a fumble on the ensuing kickoff by the Commanders resulted in a quarterback sneak by Brandon Reece to give his team a 14-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
The Knights grabbed some momentum when defensive back Jasean McKissack intercepted a pass, but it was to no avail as they turned the ball back over to the Commanders on a fumble on their own 15-yard line.
Freshman running back Justin Seagraves crossed the goal line from eight yards out to make it a 21-0 game for the Commanders at the 10:47 ,ark of the second quarter.
"We played as a team," Seagraves said. "Our linemen stepped up big like they always do, and we just did the best we could."
FCS went up 28-0 after the Commanders got good field position on a punt return to the Knights' 40-yard line and drove to the 3-yard line where Seagraves circled right for another touchdown.
With 15 seconds remaining in the first half, the Commanders went up 34-0 after a 44-yard touchdown connection from Seagraves to tight end Jackson Cherry.
"Coach McNeal drew it up on the sidelines and showed me right before the play," Cherry said.
It was 40-0 after the Commanders first possession of the second half when running back Ernie Gallatin scored from the Knights 2-yard line.
An interception by safety Jacob Bostian gave the Commanders great field position, which they capitalized on with a 3-yard touchdown run by running back John Michael Petty to go up 47-0.
"We were running a zone scheme and I saw it, and I jumped up the route and the rest is history," Petty said.
A 73-yard touchdown run by Knights quarterback Danny Crawford, where he changed direction and broke several tackles, finally put points on the board for his team.
Burge paced FCS with 82 yards rushing on 12 carries; Ernie Gallatin added five attempts for 53 and Seagraves ran five times for 29.
The Commanders will be on the road Friday, Nov. 4 opening the Division II-A playoffs at University School of Jackson (7-3).
The winner of the FCS v. USJ game advances to play wither Battle Ground Academy of The King's Academy Nov. 11.
DCA 54, MJ Christian 54
MT. JULIET -- Donelson Christian improved to 7-3 on the season with a come from behind 54-39 victory of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Friday at Suey Field.
The Saints (6-4) led 26-21 at halftime only to see DCA close strong in the second half.