Streak stretches to 11 straight -
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet seized the momentum in the early going and never let off the gas in Friday's 24-7 win over Region 4, 6A rival Lebanon at Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium.
The victory marked the 11th in a row for the Bears over LHS and moved the series to 28-15 since the two programs renewed their rivalry in 1977.
Showing little of the Wing-T attack they used in their Aug. 16 season-opener, Mt. Juliet unleashed a three and four-wide spread offense that kept the Blue Devils on their heels.
QB Brice Messenger fired a short pass to Jamari Sowell on Mt. Juliet's third offensive snap and the speedy junior did the rest, racing down the boundary for a 62-yard touchdown with 9:20 left in the first quarter.
The Bears tallied again with 11:19 remaining in the half as Jordan Braswell banged in from six yards out, capping a seven play, 48-yard drive.
Lebanon managed to cut the margin to 14-7 with 4:45 left in the third period as QB Breeze Copas found DeQuantay Shannon down the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown pass.
Mt. Juliet answered with a five play, 78 yard drive that ended with Conlin Baggot bouncing off right end and scoring from 23 yards out to clinch the win with 2:25 left in the third.
Mt. Juliet senior Tyler Johnson ended the scoring with a 38-yard field goal with 4:38 remaining in the game.
The Bears piled up 292 yards in total offense on 51 offensive snaps and 12 first downs.
Baggott ran for 87 yards on 16 carries while Messenger completed 8-of-17 passes for 141 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and was picked off by Levi Sampson.
Lebanon was limited to 229 yards in offense, just 91 on the ground on 29 attempts.
The Blue Devils were penalized 11 times for 82 yards. Mt. Juliet was flagged seven times for 53.
LHS (1-2 / 0-1) returns to the gridiron Friday, Aug. 13 playing at LaVergne High while
Mt. Juliet (1-1 / 1-0) is scheduled to host Gallatin at the Mel Brown Athletic Complex.