By B.B. Branton
CHATTANOOGA -- QB Brennan Swindolls 6-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal in overtime followed by Hunter Andersons extra point, lifted Friendship Christian to a 21-20 win against host Boyd Buchanan in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday.
Swindoll reportedly injured the thumb on his left (throwing) hand as he lunged into the endzone. He will be examined by team physicians over the weekend.
On third down, Swindoll was driven out of bounds by a Boyd Buchanan defender at the 12-yard-line for a loss of six, but an official ruled he threw an incomplete pass before going out of bounds and marked the ball at the original line of scrimmage.
Boyd Buchanan had the first possession in overtime and scored on a 10-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jim Cardwell for a 20-14 lead but Reeds extra point attempt was blocked setting up the stirring finish.
I knew it would be that kind of game, Friendship coach John McNeal said. Last week we beat Trousdale County and I dont think many people gave us a chance, but it doesnt matter to us what other people think. Now weve beaten Trousdale and Boyd-Buchanan, the number one and two teams in the state, in consecutive weeks.
Im not one of those who thrives on confidence. We just want to get prepared for our next opponent. If youre still playing at this point, you have a good team.
Friendship Christian improves to 10-3 while the Bucs closed out the season at 10-2. The victorious Commanders travel to Oliver Springs in a semifinal game next Friday.
For the second week in a row, the Bucs rallied in the second half, but this time the rally ended a play short. Last week, Boyd Buc trailed Rockwood 10-0 at halftime and won, 17-13.
FCS led 14-6 at halftime thanks to the running of Kyle Wood who had 44 rushing yards in the first half, including a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs.
Reed had a 35-yard scoring run for the Bucs in the first quarter, but he missed the extra point attempt.
Friendship controlled the tempo in the first half as it had an 11-3 advantage in first downs, 36-16 lead in plays from scrimmage and a 177-54 lead in total offense.
But as they did against Rockwood, the Bucs came alive in the final 24 minutes against FCS and tied the game at 14-14 at the 4:49 mark of the third.
Reed dashed 56 yards to pay dirt, followed by a Cardwell to Kyle Thomas pass completion for the 2-point conversion.
In the second half, the Bucs out rushed FCS 87-to-34 and had a 128-to-50 advantage in total offense.
Overall, the total offense numbers were in the Commanders' favor, 238-184 and rushing, 211-168.
Dekolas Reeves led FCS with 90 yards on 23 carries (3.9 yds per carry), while Wood gained 51 yards on 14 carries (3.6) and two scores. Swindoll ran for 21 yards on eight carries (2.6), including the final six for a score.
Friendship Christian 21,
Boyd Buchanan 20 OT
Friendship 7 7 0 0 7 - 21
Boyd-Buc 6 0 8 0 6 - 20
FCS Kyle Wood 5 run (Hunter Anderson kick), 7-0 1st Q, (3:31)
(5 plays, 22 yards)
Boyd-Buc Chase Reed 35 run (kick failed); 7-6 1st Q (1:32)
(4 plays, 55 yards)
FCS Wood 5 run (Anderson kick), 14-6 2nd Q (7:22)
Boyd Buc Reed 56 run (Kyle Thomas pass from Jim Cardwell), 14-14, 3rd Q (4:49)
Boyd Buc Cardwell 10 run (kick blocked), 20-14 OT
FCS Brennan Swindoll 6 run (Anderson kick), 21-20 OT
Records: Friendship Christian (10-3), Boyd Buchanan (10-2)
BEARS REACH 6A FINAL FOUR
By TOMMY BRYAN
Mt. Juliet broke open a 14-all game with a second half scoring flurry en route to a 34-21 win over Brentwood Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Junior halfback Caleb Hopkins scored on runs of 31 and six yards, sandwiched around a 17 yard return of a blocked punt by Cameron Fryer as The Golden Bears remained undefeated on the season at 13-0.
"We said before the game that it might come down to the kicking game," said MJ coach Roger Perry. "That was the turning point. The scoop and score was something we work on every week. I'm proud of our punt block team for that."
Senior Cody Carr burst up the middle and blocked the punt, allowing Fryer to pick up the bounding ball and score, giving the Bears a 28-14 lead.
"It was looking tough in the first half," Perry said, "I was glad to see it tied at the half. We dodged a couple of bullets there and was able to get in the locker room and make a couple of adjustments.
"Our adjustments were nothing big, just a couple of things we saw. We thought we could attack the weakside more and continue to run our speed sweep. Our inside game never opened up like I thought it would. Brentwood is a good defensive football team and they did a great job. What they were able to shut down, we we able to capitalize on something else."
Neither defense appeared capable of stopping the other team, as Mt. Juliet piled up 379 yards in offense and 17 first downs. Brentwood finished with 362 yards in offense and 16 first downs.
"I think we set a record for penalties tonight," Coach Perry said. His squad was flagged 11 times for 114 yards. Brentwood had six penalties for 56 yards.
Mt. Juliet (13-0) will be a home Friday, Nov. 25for the semifinals against 13-0 Memphis Whitehaven.
Mt. Juliet 34,, Brentwood 21
Brentwood 7 7 0 7 -- 21
Mt. Juliet 7 7 14 6 -- 34
B - Andy Schumpert 13 pass from Austin Winfree. Matt England kick. 10:13 first quarter. Five plays, 64 yards.
MJ - Jalen graham 6 run. Ryan Jenkins kick. 5:46 first quarter. 10 plays, 80 yards.
B - Chudi Echetebu 1 run. Englanf kick. 11:39 second quarter. 14 plays, 72 yards.
MJ - Contrez McCathern 1 run. Jenkins kick. 6:04 second quarter. 12 plays, 81 yards.
MJ - Caleb Hopkins 31 run. Jenkins kick. 8:48 third quarter. Seven plays, 72 yards.
MJ - Cameron Fryer 17 return of blocked punt. Jenkins kick. 5:56 third quarter.
MJ - Hopkins six run. Kick failed. 11:44 fourth quarter. Nine plays, 80 yards.
B - Jonathoan Regan 1 run. England kick. 00:37 fourth quarter. Seven plays, 85 yards.