LHS, CENTRAL FALL ON THE ROAD
DONELSON – Mt. Juliet’s defense rose to the occasion with a valiant last minute goal line stand to preserve a 21-20 win at McGavock Friday night.
The Bears (1-0) led 21-6 in the third quarter but struggled to hold off a furious Raider comeback try.
Mt. Juliet turned the ball over three times on interceptions.
Doug Tompkins scored a pair of rushing TDs for Mt. Juliet while Reed Gurchiek threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Mikee Brown.
Mt. Juliet will hold District 9AAA rival Gallatin High Sept. 4.
Wilson Central turned the ball over six times Friday in a 25-3 road loss at Rhea County High.
The Wildcats slipped to 0-2 with the loss as Rhea County QB Cameron Tallent threw for three TDs on a 7-of-16 night with 181 yards.
Central QB Hunter Cranford completed 22-of-37 passes for 149 yards, but was picked off three times.
Kicker Jackson Redditt tallied Central’s only points with a 43 yard field goal in the third quarter.
Central will host District 9AAA rival beech High School Sept. 4.
Lebanon (1-1) fell victim to Rossview’s quick-strike offense in a 40-20 loss to the Hawks Friday night in Montgomery County.
Rossview set the tone early with a 69-yard TD return of the game’s opening kickoff and pulled ahead 20-6 at intermission with a touchdown just before the halftime horn.
“We tackled poorly all night, which indicated we we’re ready to play,” said LHS coach Bobby Brown. “Rossview is certainly a good team, very skilled. But we didn’t help ourselves any.”
Rossviews scored three TDs in the second half on drives of one, three and one play.
Soph QB Patrick Maynard ran 22 times for 102 yards. He completed 8-of-24 passes for 76 yards and was picked off twice. He scored on rushing touchdown and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.
Senior Jordan Stafford rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a score.
The Blue Devils will host District 9AAA opponent Hendersonville High Friday in a 7 p.m. game at Nokes-Lasater Field.