LEBANON - Cumberland split its two matches Saturday in the Volleydawg Classic, coming out flat and falling, 3-0, to Reinhardt University before rebounding with a hard-fought 3-0 triumph over the Univ. of Pikeville. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 2-2 overall.
Cumberland hit just .029 against Reinhardt, struggling to return serve and pass efficiently for the second straight match. It was also the clubs undoing Friday in a loss to Faulkner University. CU also did not help itself in the serving column, committing seven errors.
In the opening set the Eagles took control with a 5-1 spurt for a 12-6 advantage. The Bulldogs ended the set with only six total kills, falling 25-18. The second set was much the same, with CU recording nine kills with as many errors. Reinhardt took a 2-0 advantage by the same score.
Cumberland found its rhythm in the third set, totaling 13 kills, including five from Mackenzie Gass and four by Lauren Carter. The Bulldogs led for most of the set, but RU won the final four points in a nip-and-tuck affair, prevailing 25-22.
In the second match the Bulldogs jumped out early, hitting .379 in the first set with 13 kills, including four from Karli Collins and three by Carter. CU won the set, 25-14, and continued with its good play in the second set, getting three kills from Jaclyn Jordan and 12 in the set, prevailing 25-20.
The third set was back-and-forth much of the way, but the Bulldogs started quickly, taking a 10-5 lead behind three kills each from Gass and Carter. But Pikeville battled back, eventually knotting the score at 19. The Bears had a set point, but an attack error tied the set again and Cumberland won the final two points, both on errors by UP.
Collins and Gass both finished the day with 17 kills and Carter added 16. Meghan Gass posted 31 assists and Lacey Gregory added 22.
Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action Tuesday at Mid-Continent at 6 p.m. and hosts Kentucky Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
GLADEVILLE -- Special teams giveth, but then taketh right back from Wilson Central Friday night against visiting LaVergne. And for the second week in a row, it took a victory from the Wildcats.
A week after special teams play doomed them in the opener, the Wildcats struggled again in a 21-17 loss to the Wolverines.
A blocked punt helped put the Wilson Central up two scores, but allowing a kick return for a score, followed by a shanked punt in the first half and a high snap for a big loss on a punt in the second half, enabled the Wolverines to score the comeback victory and send the Wildcats to an 0-2 start. They will try to rebound next Friday when they begin district play at Hendersonville.
Things got off to a good start for Wilson Central on the special teams end.
The Wildcats, after having thwarted a deep opening drive from the Wolverines and turning it into a score, managed to block a punt deep in LaVergne territory and use it help build an early 14-0 lead.
A La Vergne fumble on its opening series opened the door for Wilson Central to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. The Wildcats capitalized on the turnover with a long pass to get into scoring range, and Brandon Mallory went in from the 2.
LaVergne then had a punt blocked on its own 4, and Wilson Central needed just two plays to build the lead to 14-0. D.J. Majors scored from the 1.
We had the blocked punt to get the momentum early and then we kick it off and they go 98 yards for the score and get the momentum right back, Wilson Central coach Brad Dedman said.
Then the special teams gremlins struck again.
The Wolverines answered right back with a special teams play of their own when Jalen Taylor returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to cut the lead in half near the end of the first quarter.
The high snap on a Wilson Central punt, with eight minutes left in the game, was the turning point. The Wildcats lost 35 yards on the play, placing the ball at their own 26. From there, Jalen Taylor needed just one play to make up the difference, running untouched down the right side for La Vergne's game-winning score.
The Wolverines held off a late, 10-play drive that ended with L.J. Dismuke intercepting Jordan Roundtree at the La Vergne 25 and returning it to midfield to secure the victory.
We were looking to hit something in the flats and get seven yards, Dedman said of the fourth-and-6 play at the Wolverine 37. But they got there and made the play.
Special teams helped the Wolverines in the second quarter as well. After having a long fourth down pass intercepted by Centrals Nick Grant at the 1-yard line, the La Vergne defense stuffed every attempt Wilson Central made to get away from its own goal line. And a 14-yard punt from the back of the end zone certainly helped, too.
The Wolverines needed just one play -- a 14-yard touchdown pass from Dustin Bills to Sedale Roland -- to even the score at 14 with seven minutes left in the first half.
Brad Cavonaugh booted a 39-yard field goal to give Wilson Central a 17-14 lead at the half.
By CORBY A. YARBROUGH
WINCHESTER -- For a little guy, Juicy Apple had a BIG night for Lebanon in a 41-27 win at Franklin County High Friday night. Apple accounted for nearly 200 yards in total offense and scored two touchdowns on a night where the Blue Devils' offense scored on each of its first four possessions to start the game.
Apple ran for 136 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 62 yards. Fghting through strep throat, LHS quarterback Patrick Maynard rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries and scored a TD. He also completed 10-of-12 passing attempts for 146 yards and a pair of scores.
Lebanon (1-1) will host District 9AAA rival Gallatin Sept. 2 at Nokes-Lasater Field.
MJ BEARS CLAW McGAVOCK 48-7
DONELSON -- Jalen Graham set the tone early, returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as Mt Juliet torched McGavock 48-7 Friday night.
Caleb Hopkins added three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) as the Bears improved to 2-0 on the season. He ran the ball just four times for 117 yards and scored TDs on runs of 14 and 50 yards.
Mt. Juliet will host Portland Friday, Sept. 2 in a Distrit 9AAA showdown.
FRIENDSHIP DOWNS WH-HERITAGE 21-7
WHITE HOUSE -- Friendship Christian bounced back from last weeks crushing loss with a 21-7 win at White House-Heritage Friday.
The Commanders (1-1) got a pair of touchdown runs from senior Dekolas Reeves, who rushed for 118 yards. The Commanders racked up 243 yards on the ground. FCS had two touchdowns called back, an interception return and a pair of punt returns. They also turned the ball over five times.
Friendship will host Region 4A rival Gordonsville Friday, Sept. 2 at Pirtle Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
RBS 53, MJ CHRISTIAN 15
RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy dropped to 0-2 on the season following a 53-13 loss at Red Boiling Springs Friday, Aug. 26. Following an early score by the Saints, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 34-8 lead in the first half and never let up.
MJCA will be on the road Friday, Sept. 2 as they travel into Davidson County to take on 1-1 Ezell-Harding Academy in a Division I East-Middle contest.
RBS improved to 2-0 on the season and will be idle until they travel into Wilson County Sept. 9 for a game at Watertown High.