MJ takes care of business against Rossview 52-20
From Post staff reports
MT. JULIET — A few gaffes and missed assignments were made by a young Golden Bear defense, but Coach Roger Perry can hardly complain with his team’s 52-20 victory over region foe Rossview Friday night, keeping Mt. Juliet undefeated in Region 6, 4A at 3-0.
"We had a few costly breakdowns at times," Perry said of his defense, giving up a 47-yard passing score and a 99-yard kickoff return.
"We gave up a passing touchdown, which never really sits well with us. But I think we (the defense) showed when we had the opportunity, we got on the ball."
Mt. Juliet recovered six of eight Rossview fumbles.
Injured last week, junior tailback Brady Earnhardt got back to wellness by rushing for 179 yards on 17 carries and touchdown.
"I think we were a little healthier than we’ve been in a while," Perry said after the homecoming game.
Mt. Juliet rushed well as a team, racking up 338 yards on the ground and another 205 through the air.
Junior quarterback Reed Gurchiek went 6-of-10 on the night with 136 yards and a 34-yard score to Danny Valencic.
Valencic also threw twice on halfback passes for 32 yards, both touchdowns to 6-4 sophomore wide out Vaughn Cornelia
The Golden Bears got on the board early with one of Cornelia’s 16-yards scores, taking a 7-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Brady Earnhardt recovered a fumble and bolted 55 yards for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead just minutes into the first quarter.
MJ added another TD before Rossview got on the board with a 47-yard pass by Thomas Burch to Michael Simmons, but Mt. Juliet lead at the half 42-14.
Perry was able to play some younger athletes in the fourth quarter that managed 10 points and showed the coach that their future looks bright.
Next week, the Golden Bears will travel to Clarksville to face another region foe, which he called a "dangerous" 0-4 Kenwood team that is "hungry for a win."