Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

WEEK ONE FOOTBALL --

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MJ Christian 20, Cornersville 17 (2 OT)
Watertown 41, Gordonsville 15
Mt. Juliet 25, Gallatin 6
Wilson Central 38, Beech 28
Davidson Acd. 37, Friendship 29

Saints open with thriller
CORNERSVILLE -- Tailback Austin Collier scored 14 overtime points, including the game-winner to lift Mt. Juliet Christian Academy to a 20-17 victory over Cornersville in Friday's season-opener.
Regulation closed with the game tied at 6-all, but Collier scored twice on short runs and tacked on a two-point conversion run.
The Saints were stellar on defense, as Preston Sloan and Sam Eastin each intercepted Cornersville passes.
Jacob Hall led MJCA with eight tackles, Andrew Kittrell added seven.
Mt. Juliet Christian's lone score in regulation came on a short run by Preston Sloan.
The Saints return to the gridiron Friday, Aug. 26 as they host Richland at Suey Field

Watertown rips G-Men
GORDONSVILLE -- Quarterback Seth Price threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns as Watertown blew past Gordonsville 41-15 Friday at Turney Ford Field.
The Purple Tigers led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at intermission.
Seven different WHS receivers caught balls from Price, including Vonte Bates who had six for 153 yards and two scores.
Price finished 16-of-26 and was not picked off.
Ty Love paced the ground game with 12 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Brady Swann ran seven times for 17 yards and Corban Beene added two carries for 14.
Watertown will be back in action hosting Davidson Academy Friday, Aug. 26 at Robinson Stadium.

MJ Bears capitalize, convert
MT. JULIET--Three turnovers and a high snap that resulted in a safety was all Mt. Juliet needed to record a 26-6 win in Friday's season opener over Gallatin.
The Golden Bears picked of Green Wave QB Wyatt Hayes twice, while Gallatin's Dezmond Chambers mishandled a punt and a punt snap sailed over the head of Wave punter Chase Dowell for a late safety.
The Green Wave took the opening drive the length of the field to the Golden Bear three yard line before an offsides penalty preceded Gallatin's first turnover. Junior Aidan Raines intercepted Hayes in the end zone to extinguish the drive.
Mt. Juliet was forced to punt on the drive but placed points on the board on their next possession.
Jacob Bailey capped a 14-play 67-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal with 10:44 to play in the second quarter.
Gallatin responded with a 74-yard drive to the Bear six-yard line. However, the Wave was denied points once again after Jalen Porter was dropped for a six-yard loss on a fourth down play.
The Wave defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession but Chambers' muffed punt gave the Bears the ball on the Gallatin 23-yard line.
Seven plays later Mt. Juliet quarterback Mason Earls found his way into the end zone on the first of his two one-yard sneaks. The Bears lead moved to 10-0 with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.
The second half owned by the Mt. Juliet offensive line. The Bears began the second half with a nine play 65-yard drive that was finished by a 22-yard run by Terrence Watkins.
Gallatin's Jordan Mason, who finished the game with 20 carries for 253 yards, snapped-off a 71 yard gallop on the next Gallatin possession to put the Green Wave on the board.
"I think Jordan Mason is phenomenal," said MJ head coach Trey Perry said. "I said that one year ago probably to the date.
"I think that is he is healthy; he is going to get yards. I thought our defense did a great job of playing what we call 1-11's--doing your job, playing your responsibility. For the most part they played incredibly."
Mt. Juliet answered Gallatin's score with a 64-yard drive that ended with the second of Earls' one yard runs.
Earls finished the game as the Golden Bears leading rusher with 17 carries for 110 yards and two scores. The converted wide receiver completed 2-of-7 passes for 27 yards.
Mt. Juliet ended the night with 49 attempts for 264 yards. Gallatin compiled 298 yards on 46 attempts.
"We pushed all fall camp about having an identity," Perry said.
"It was tough during camp just like I'm sure it was for Gallatin not to show your cards. This is an older football team and I thought they could handle coming out and not winning scrimmages. It was more about coming out and taking care of business while trying to work on us. I'm sure that all played a factor. Our identity is going to be smash mouth and I think we did that tonight."
The final points of the contest came with 11:50 to play in the fourth quarter.
Forced to punt deep in their own-territory Dowell saw the snap sail over his head and into the end zone. Dowell tapped the ball out the back for a safety.
"When you have two good football programs that know each other it can be something little like that," Perry said.
"A turnover here or there or a stop and change of field position can really make the difference in a ballgame."
Mt. Juliet will be back in action Thursday, Aug. 25 as the Bears host Cane Ridge.

Wildcats hold off Beech
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Wilson Central bolted to an early 18-0 lead and held off a late Beech comeback try to post an impressive 38-28 victory over the Bucs Friday at Shackle Island Stadium.
Wildcat QB Blake Meadors turned in the best performance of his prep career, completing 14-of-20 attempts for 212 yards. He threw TD passes of 50 and 69 yards to Colton Dowell and 14 yards to Devon High. He was picked off once.
Dowell finished with four catches for 130 yards, High snagged five passes for 34 yards and Salton King caught four for 22 yards.
Tailback Tyler Bowes pounded out 84 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns on short runs.
Wilson Central overcame eight penalties for 99 yards.
The Wildcats host Station Camp Friday, Aug. 26.

Davidson Acd. downs FCS
LEBANON -- Nursing a 10-6 halftime lead, Davidson Academy scored three times in the third quarter on the way to a 37-29 win over Friendship Christian Friday at Pirtle Field.
Bears quarterback Stone Norton took advantage of a young Commander secondary, completing 15-of-22 passes fof 320 yards and three touchdowns.
"We gave them some easy opportunities, and they converted them into touchdowns," said FCS coach John McNeal.
"Hopefully as the season goes along, our kids will have a better understanding of what we want."
Down four points late in the second quarter, the Commanders drove the ball to the Davidson Academy one, only to have Tyler Burge stoned at the goal line as the the half ended.
"That was the same play we scored two touchdowns and an extra point on, we just didn't execute it there before halftime," McNeal said.
FCS rotated quarterbacks Colt Mahoney and Braden Reece throughout the contest.
Mahoney completed two-of-six for 36 yards; Reece connected on three-of-seven for 53 and was picked off twice, once in the endzone.
Burge led the Commanders on the ground with 118 yards on 15 carries -- including a 73 yard sprint around left end midway through the second squarter for a score.
Freshman Justin Seagraves ran eight times for 65 yards, Gray Taylor added seven attempts for 23 and two touchdowns. Ernie Gallatin chipped in with two fourth quarter carries for 14 yards.
Seagraves returned a short kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Luke Smith had a QB sack, Jackson Cherry picked off a DA pass and Ryan Jackson recovered a Bear fumble.
The Commanders will be on the road Friday, Aug. 26 -- playing at Battle Ground Academy.

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