Prep football will be alive in Wilson County for at least one more week as Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet both pulled out thrilling wins Friday night.
The Commanders went on the road andcaptured a 24-14 victory at No. 1-seeded Trousdale County.
QB Brennan Swindoll completed 8-of-9 passing attempts for 111 yards as FCS rallied from 7-3 down to eliminate the highly-regarded Yellow Jackets.
Senior fullback Kyle Wood ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 5-yard TD pass to Dalton Patterson out of the Wildcat. Tailback Dekolas Reeves had 71 yards on 21 rushing attempts. As a team, FCS ran for 188 yards on 48 tries.
The Commandersimproved to 9-3 with the victory and will travel to Boyd-Buchanan in Chattanooga next week. TCHS ended the year 9-2.
Mt. Juliet's defense came up with two gutsy goal line stands, the last one with just six seconds remaining in the game for a 31-27 win over an inspired Siegel team.
"We struggled on defense tonight in different areas," said MJ head coach Roger Perry, "but I couldn't be anymore proud of 'em than I was on that goal line stand at the end."
Siegel hurt themselves with three costly fumbles -- turnovers that cost the Stars at least 10 points.
"We came up with some turnovers, plays that were very costly to Siegel," Perry said. "I'm just so proud of these guys -- the way they fought to the end. We're thankful, blessed to be going back to the practice field on Monday. They knew what it took to win the football game. The chips were down several times tonight, but we kept fighting back."
Trailing 27-24, Mt. Juliet converted a clutch fourth down and four as junior Caleb Hopkins raced 32 yards for the eventual game-winning score with just 1:44 left in the game.
Siegel (8-4) calmly marched 79 yards inside the Bear one yard line, where a fourth and goal quarterback sneak by Treyton Harris was stuffed by the middle of the Mt. Juliet defense at the final horn.
Mt. Juliet rushed for 345 yards on 44 attempts, led by fullback Contrez McCathern with 153 yards on 20 carries. Hopkins ran for 120 yards on 10 tries and scored three touchdowns.
Siegel QB Brent Stockstill threw for 179 yards and rushed for another 100.
Mt. Juliet remained undefeated at 12-0 on the season and will host Brentwood High Nov. 18 in the third round of the Class 6A playoffs.