WCHS 25, Gallatin 20
GLADEVILLE -- Not content to rely on a series of complicated tie-breakers for a crack at the TSSAA post-season, Wilson Central took care of business with a 25-20 Senior Night win over Gallatin Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
With the victory, Coach Brad Dedman's team improved to 6-4 overall, and earned a berth in the Class 6A playoffs next week. The Class 6A brackets were revealed Saturday morning on a live TV show and found the Wildcats going on the road to play undefeated Oakland (10-0) at Ray Hughes Stadium in Murfreesboro.
Wilson Central's defense ruled the night, holding the Green Wave to a mere 27 yards rushing.
The Wildcats raced to a 14-0 lead, then held off Gallatin the rest of the way.
WCHS pounded the run game, piling up 199 yards on 41 attempts, led by senior Kaleb Butler with 74 yards between the tackles.
Jordan Roundtree threw two touchdown passes, a 21-yarder to Blake Lea and a six-yarder to Zack Dover.
Linebacker Kyle Coombs intercepted a Gallatin pass and returned the ball 28 yards for a first half touchdown.
Friendship Christian 35, Ezell-Harding 0
ANTIOCH -- Friendship tuned up for the DII-A playoffs with a 35-0 road win over Ezell-Harding Friday night.
The Commanders improved to 8-2 on the season and will host 4-6 Memphis Harding Academy next Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Harding thumped Lausanne 55-20 to earn the post-season date with the Commanders.
Leading 7-0 after one quarter, FCS put the game out of reach with a 21-point busrt before intermission.
Soph Austin Taylor led the ground game with 121 yardsand three scores. Quarterback A.J. Long completed 6-of-15 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown.
Beech 17, Lebanon 7
SHACKLE ISLAND -- Beech appears headed back to the Class 5A playoffs on the strength of a hard-fought 17-7 home win over Lebanon Friday.
Now 6-4 overall, the Bucs have the opportunity to defend the state championship they won last season.
Finding the going tough on the ground against a solid Blue Devil front, Beech went to the air for two scores. QB Parker Henry completed 8-of-14 passes for 21-0 yards and was pikced off once by LHS safety Eddie McDaniels.
Beech tailback Dorian Carter ran for 93 yards on 23 attempts while Treston Wright added 44 yards on nine carries.
Taye Davis ran 17 times for 103 yards to lead Lebanon. The junior tailback finished the season with 979 yards rushing. QB Christian Haffner completed 5-of-17 passes for 74 yards. Julien Crutchfield caught two balls for 46 yards, J'Quan Jackson had two catches for 20 and Davis had one reception for eight yards.
Lebanon ended the season 2-8 for first year head coach Sam Harp.
Mt. Juliet 49, Portland 6
MT. JULIET -- Running for 318 yards Mt. Juliet closed out the 2013 season with a rousing 49-6 homecoming win over Portland Friday night.
The Golden Bears raced to a 25-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, putting the wraps on a 4-6 campaign under first year head coach Trey Perry.
Quarterback Alex Landis completed four-of-four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson Co. 42, Watertown 33
GAINESBORO -- Jackson County took a 15-0 first quarter lead and held off visiting Watertown for a 42-33 win Friday.
Senior quarterback Ty Jobe threw three touchdown passes in his final appearance for the Purple Tigers, who finished the season 2-8.
DCA 47, MJ Christian 14
DONELSON -- QB Will Reddick threw for 109 yards and a TD to lead DCA to a 47-14 home win over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Friday.
The Wildcats jumped to a 27-0 first quarter lead, the tacked on a touchdown and a field goal in the second period for a 37-0 lead at intermission.
The Saints ended the season 3-7 overall under second year coach Jake Roberts.