Wylins ran for 328 yards on 32 carries. Darius Hylick, the Saints’ star running back, was held in check by King’s Academy, as he totaled only 34 yards on 14 carries.
“When you don’t do little things right,” said Mt. Juliet Christian head coach Dan Davis, “they will come back to bite you.”
King’s scored on its first drive, after holding the Saints (4-1, 1-1) to a three-and-out. They went 69 yards in seven plays, capped off with a 33-yard touchdown run by Wylins. The extra point made the score 7-0.
After the teams traded punts, King’s looked to blow the game open. Wylins ran 51 yards to the Saints 7-yard line, but two plays later, he fumbled and the Saints recovered at their own 5.
After an exchange of punts, the Saints marched 77 yards in eight plays, mostly through the air as quarterback Alex Pitman connected on four passes, capped off with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Caylor Bates. The extra point tied the game at 7. On the ensuing kickoff, King’s muffed the squib kick, and the Saints recovered. After getting to King’s 13-yard yard line, Pitman and Hylick fumbled the exchange and ended the threat.
After intercepting King’s, the Saints used a trick play. Pitman threw a lateral to Bates, who then threw downfield to an open Trent Graves in the end zone to give the Saints at 14-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Wylins took over. On the first drive, he ran on all nine plays for 64 yards, but was stopped shy of the end zone on fourth and 1. After forcing a Saints’ punt, he ran 30 yards on the second play of the drive to tie the game at 14. After another exchange of punts, Wylins scored from 2 yards out after his 57 yard run to give King’s a 21-14 lead. Pitman was then intercepted, and on the next play, Wylins scored his fourth touchdown of the night, extending the lead to 28-14.
The Saints cut the deficit to 28-21 when Pitman threw short to Logan Collier, who made a defender miss and ran down the sideline to score.
“Our goal is making the playoffs,” said Davis. “We will come back Monday and correct things and get ready for Friday.”
King’s Academy 35, Mt. Juliet Christian 21
Kings Academy 7 0 7 21 35
Mt. Juliet Christian 0 14 0 7 21
K- Cody Wylins 33 yard run. Keith Izumi kick good.
M- Alex Pitman 5 yard pass to Caylor Bates. Camden Burgess kick good.
M- Bates 28 yard pass to Trent Graves. Burgess kick
K-Wylin 30 yard run. Izumi kick.
K-Wylins 2 yard run. Izumi kick.
K-Wylin 40 yard run. Izumi kick.
M-Pitman 52 yard pass to Logan Collier. Burgess kick.
K-Brandon Burgess 2 yard run. Izumi kick
First Downs 14 11
Rushes-yards 37-318 23-31
Pass yards 145 241
Turnovers 2 2
Penalties 6-43 3-15
RUSHING—Kings- Cody Wylins 32-328, Evan Whaley 2-7, Brandon Burgess 3-(-17). MJCA – Darius Hylick 14-32, Logan Collier 2-7, Alex Pitman 7-(-8).
PASSING—Kings – Brandon Burgess 12-18-1-145. MJCA – Alex Pitman 20-32-1-213, Caylor Bates 1-1-0-28.
RECEIVING—Kings – Wylins 4-59, Jake Weekley 2-23, Tommy Gagne 5-57, Jacob Hoffman 1-11. MJCA – Logan Collier 7-129, Caylor Bates 3-34, Trent Graves 6-52,Darius Hylick 2-5, Hunter Stonebreaker 3-19