By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post
EXCLUSIVE -- The Wilson County Board of Education voted 3-2 Saturday morning to reject both hard bids and go ahead with the Guaranteed Maximum Price offered by Hewlett-Spencer (H-S) to build the new Lebanon High School off South Hartmann Drive, on the condition that the package has to include geothermal heating and cooling.
Director of Schools Mike Davis said he expects to meet with Steve Hewlett or Jamie Spencer very soon to verify the details of Hewlett-Spencer’s plans, since they did say some things had been cut from the original specifications in order to lower the cost.
H-S legal representative Jack Lowery told the board members, during the hour and a half they discussed the bids, that the new building will be as good as or better than the newly-completed Mt. Juliet High School.
Earlier this week, H-S representatives said some of the cuts would include tile floors instead of the requested Terrazzo ones, and Davis said he expects square footage cuts may include a smaller field house and commons area, but he won’t have exact details until he can meet with them.
Board member Don Weathers, who made the motion to accept the H-S price, said the board did discuss in detail the differences between the two prices and even talked about the possibility of bidding the project a third time.
From Post staff reports
SHACKLE ISLAND – Beech took control of the Region 6, 4A championship race with a one-sided 54-38 victory Friday night over Mt. Juliet.
The Bucs improved to 7-1 overall and more importantly, a perfect 5-0 in the league with just a game Oct. 24 at Clarksville Northwest and a home game Oct. 31 with Portland left on the schedule.
Mt. Juliet suffered its first regional loss of the year, falling to 4-1 in the league / 4-4 overall.
Leading 14-7 after one quarter, Beech took control with three second period touchdowns and held a commanding 34-10 lead at intermission.
Mt. Juliet made the game interesting with three fourth quarter touchdowns, but the damage had been done.
The Bucs controlled the ground game, rushing for 384 yards on 53 plays – an average of 7.24 yards per attempts. Senior backs Bobby Huey (20 carries for 164 yards. two scores) and Justin Allen (13 carries for 129, 1 TD) did most of the heavy lifting as the Bucs ground out 17 first downs.
Mt. Juliet finished with 19 first downs and 199 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Brady Earnhardt rushed 19 times for 91 yards, including a 52 yard first quarter burst.
Junior quarterback Reed Gurchiek completed 14-of-20 pass attempts for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran 12 times for 91 yards. Soph Vaughn Cornelia caught five passes for 132 yards and a score while Danny Valencic caught four passes for 45 yards.
Mt. Juliet closes out the regular season with back-to-back home games with Clarksville, Oct. 24 and Clarksville Northwest Oct. 31.
By DEAN FOX
GLADEVILLE — Led by Jordan Poole’s two touchdowns and a defensive stop in the final minutes, host Wilson Central handed Riverdale its third region loss of the year Friday night, 21-14.
The game marked the fourth consecutive win for the Wildcats who stand 6-2 overall / 3-2 in Region 4, 5A. The loss pushed the Warriors closer to the possibility of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
Riverdale (4-4, 2-3 in Region 4-5A) faces probable must-win situations the final two weeks of the season, when it hosts Smyrna and La Vergne.
"It¹s disappointing we didn¹t make the plays when we needed to make them," Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. "That’s a good football team. My hat’s off to them."
With Wilson Central nursing a 21-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Riverdale’s C.J. Overton intercepted a pass at midfield.
On the next play, quarterback Cody West hit Erik Wallin for a 48-yard pass to the 7-yard line, and Aaron Ebalaroza scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the 1 to make it 21-14.
The Warriors’ Joey Lee then intercepted another pass, giving Riverdale the ball at Wilson Central’s 29 with less than five minutes to play.
Riverdale got a pair of first downs to move the ball to the 15 — one came on a pass-interference call that nullified an interception. But West was sacked twice, including once by Poole, and a fourth-down pass fell short.
Riverdale got a final chance at a Hail Mary, but West’s game-ending pass was intercepted.
For Wilson Central coach Traye Aric, it was a happy ending to an all-too-familiar script.
"I’ll tell you what I was thinking there at the end: Here we go again," Aric said. "We’ve been down that road so many times this year. We challenged our guys at halftime, ‘were we going to let another one slip through our fingers?’ And they didn’t let it slip through our fingers."
Wilson Central led 14-7 at the half, scoring on Poole’s 40-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard screen pass from Kelton Stewart to JaJuan Brooks.
The Wildcats led 14-0 midway through the second quarter, having held Riverdale to only one first down.
But the Warriors finally broke through, converting three straight third downs and scoring on Trey Oliver’s 5-yard run. That seemed to finally give Riverdale momentum. The Warriors got a first down on their opening series, but had only six yards on their first four possessions.
Wilson Central finally pushed its lead back to two touchdowns midway through the third quarter.
After Wilson Central downed a punt at Riverdale’s 5, the Warriors botched a handoff on their first play, with the Wildcats recovering at the 1.
A penalty knocked Wilson Central back, but Poole finally scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1, pushing the lead to 21-7.
It was the second straight time Wilson Central has beaten Riverdale. The first came in last year¹s second round of the playoffs.
"It’s a great accomplishment," Poole said. "It’s hard to do. They’re a good team, but we went out and did it."
Wilson Central returns to action Friday, Oct. 24 at LaVergne High.
By JOHN B. BRYAN
GORDONSVILLE — No. 5-ranked Friendship Christian leaned on special teams and big plays to knock off Region 4,1A rival Gordonsville 48-22 Friday at Turney Ford Field.
The victory sets up a long-awaited showdown between the 8-0 Commanders and undefeated Trousdale County October 24 in Lebanon.
FCS wasted no time setting the tone as junior John Markham returned the opening kick 77 yards to paydirt. Will Crockett’s PAT put FCS up 7-0.
After forcing a quick three and out, QB Lee Maasen streaked 73 yards to for a score — boosting the Commander lead to 14-0 with just three minutes gone in the first quarter.
"Our special teams play was really good and by scoring so quickly it kind of got us out of what we wanted to do offensively," said FCS coach John McNeal.
A mishandled punt kept a Tiger drive alive at the Friendship 34 and allowed the G-Men to cut the FCS lead to 14-6 after a missed extra point attempt.
"We had great field position and made some big plays so our offense stayed on the sideline most of the first half," McNeal said.
The FCS offense only had 12 plays in the first half, but still managed to go in to intermission with a comfortable 28-6 lead.
After Maasen hit Chris Hall on a 67 yard bomb for a touchdown, FCS defensive lineman Sam Wilkinson made a key interception on Gordonsville’s next possession giving the Commanders a short field at the Tiger 25 yard line.
Three plays later Dylan Boyd scored the first of his three TDs from five yards out and Crockett’s extra point made it a comfortable lead at intermission.
The second half was all Friendship with the Commanders putting up 20 points in the third quarter and another big special team play by Payton Alsup when he returned a Tiger punt 67 yards for a touchdown.
The punt return for a score would have been Alsup’s second on the night — but an 80 yard return in the first quarter was negated on a penalty.
The Commanders ended up with 336 yards of offense while allowing the Tigers 315. Maasen led FCS with 114 yards rushing. He went 6-of-9 through the air for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Boyd scored three times for FCS on runs of seven, six and 26 yards.
Trousdale County, a 66-12 winner last night over Mt. Juliet Christian, visits Lebanon Oct. 24 with the lead in Region 4, 1A on the line.
By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post
LEBANON — On paper it shouldn’t have been close. Thank goodness games aren’t played on paper.
Exerting a gallant effort, an out-manned Lebanon worked their own version of keep-away Friday night and swatted No. 3-ranked Oakland 17-14 at Nokes-Lasater Field.
The "Senior Night" victory marked the eighth time in nine seasons Lebanon has defeated the Patriots, upping the Blue Devil record to 3-5 overall / 2-3 in Region 4, 5A.
From Post staff reports
HARTSVILLE — Coming off a big loss at Watertown last week, the Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Saints didn’t fare any better Friday against an undefeated Trousdale County squad when they fell in Hartsville 66-12.
With a huge game looming versus the other undefeated in Region 4, 1A, Friendship Christian, next week, the Yellow Jackets took the opportunity to tune-up their game and take some momentum into what many are considering the matchup of the season.
Trousdale County proved dangerous early and a threat to score in all phases of the game, scoring in the first quarter on offense, defense and special teams, getting up quickly 28-0.
The Yellow Jackets blew the doors off fast by opening the scoring frenzy with a 42-yard run by Brent Ford.
Yellow Jacket Joey Cox shortly later intercepted a Chris Frazier pass and took it 44 yards to the house.
After MJCA’s next drive stalled, Tacola Seay took the punt and returned it 62 yards for the score.
Tyler Edwards added another 62-yard score, this time by way of the run. And then the first quarter ended.
In total, seven Yellow Jackets found the end zone, Edwards twice, before Frazier connected with Dillon Bradshaw from 11 yards out late in the second to finally get the Saints on the board.
But by that time, the score was 56-6.
Trousdale County kicker Jared White added a 36-yard field goal before half to go with his nine extra points in the game.
MJCA’s Robert Williams ran in from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter, setting the total at 66-12.
The Saints tallied 140 yards rushing with the lone touchdown, and they passed for 115 yards, but threw three interceptions.
Friday, October 24 MJCA (2-6 overall / 1-4 in the region) will host Clay County.
From Post staff reports
RED BOILING SPRINGS — Another big night from quarterback Dalton Phillips and tailback Dylan Holycross carried Watertown past Red Boiling Springs 42-22 Friday night.
In a game that was never as close as the final score indicated, the Putple Tigers piled up all 42 of their points in the first half while their defense pitched a shutout heading into intermission.
Phillips continued his stellar play of late, passing for 203 yards on 8-of-10 and four touchdowns.
Holycross caught two of those TDs, while adding two more on the ground to total four scores himself.
Watertown’s Ethan Patterson hauled in a 67-yard pass from Phillips to fill up the stat sheet and put the rest of the Purple Tigers on the bench for the rest of the game.
For the second straight week, head Coach Gavin Webster managed to get some of his younger players some valuable action.
Zach Dodd carred the ball six times for 15 yards, and senior Blaze Eaton carried twice for 26 yards.
But the story was once again the poise in the pocket for the maturing Phillips, who found Patterson for 135 yards and two scores, in addition to Holycross, Eaton and Jacob Anderson.
After a rough start to the season, the Purple Tigers (4-4, 3-2) are on a bit of a roll, gaining confidence just in time for a tough rivalry matchup with Gordonsville next week.
Excitement for next week’s game is high as the Purple Tiger Express will be carrying fans via rail to Gordonsville (3-5) before the game, creating a lively atmosphere for the matchup.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Turney Ford Field.