SHACKLE ISLAND -- Beech exploded for 27 second half points in a 34-7 victory over District 9AAA rival Lebanon Friday, Oct. 21.
Lebanon's defense played perhaps its best half of football before intermission, and trailed 7-0 at the break as the Bucs (6-3) drove 80 yards in six plays with soph Jalen Hurd banging in from six yards out with just 25 second left in the period.
Starting the second half at their own 25, Beech drove the ball 75 yards on just only plays as speedy Dorian Carter broke loose on a 45 yard scamper with 6:43 left in the period.
The Bucs settled into their "Smokestack I" power set for the rest of the contest and gound out scoring drives of 68, 63 and 45 yards.
All told, Beech piled up 395 yards in total offense -- some 330 on the ground. Sophomore tailback Jalen Hurd led all rushers with 122 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 60 yards.
Lebanon was led by senior Juicy Apple with 54 yards on 11 carries.
Bears thump Hendersonville
MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet clinched the District 9AAA regular season title with a 41-10 victory over Hendersonville High Friday, Oct. 21.
The victory gave MJ coach Roger Perry 250 wins for his career and upped Mt. Juliet's overall record to a perfect 9-0 on the season.
Junior fullback Contrez McCathern led the way for the Bears with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. QB Caleb Chowbay completed 4-of-11 passes for 115 yards, a TD and was picked off once.
FCS 63, Red Boiling Springs 6
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian rolled to a 49-0 lead at intermission en route to a 63-6 homecoming win over lowly Red Boiling Springs Friday, Oct. 21 at Pirtle Field.
Senior tailback Dekolas Reeves ran the ball just four times, but piled up 164 yards, including scoring plays of 61 and 86 yards.
The Commanders improved to 6-3 on the season and will play at Monterey next Friday in the regular season finale.
Trousdale Co. 49, Watertown 6
WATERTOWN -- Top-ranked Trousdale County rolled to a easy 49-6 win over Watertown Friday night at Robinson Stadium.
Leading just 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets (8-1 / 7-0) scored twice in the second quarter and tacked on three more TD's in the third.
Watertown slipped to 6-3 overall / 4-3 in Region 4A and needs a win at Monterey in the regular season finale to secure a first round home game in the TSSAA playoffs.
Also on Friday night, Station Camp rallied from five points down to score a 16-12 victory over Wilson Central Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Central slipped to 2-7 overall headed into the season finale next week at undefeated Mt. Juliet.
Over at Suey Field, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy built an early 21-0 lead, only to see Middle Tennessee Christian come roaring back to post a 42-27 win.
MJCA fell to 2-7 on the season while MTCS picked up win number one on the year after an 0-8 start. MJCA will close out the season on the road Friday night at Franklin Road Academy.