But Foutch put on some highlight-reel runs to leave the Saints in the dust as the undefeated Commanders cruised to a 55-14 win at Pirtle Field.
Foutch ran for 245 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, including one in which he juked past a defender in the backfield on his way to a 61-yard scoring sweep to cap his night, as the Commanders climbed to 7-0 for the season going into their bye week.
“Speedy was able to do a lot of things,” Commander coach John McNeal said. “Speedy is going to have that opportunity in a lot of cases. He’s so quick and fast. He made plays some other guys wouldn’t be able to make.”
“Speedy’s hard for anybody to catch, (and) everybody knows it,” Mt. Juliet Christian coach Dan Davis said.
In addition, his backfield partner, Justin Seagraves, summersaulted his way into the end zone from 2 yards out on a wildcat play for a 28-7 halftime lead. On another wildcat, he lobbed a 7-yard touchdown to Jacob Bostian. Backup fullback Ernie Gallatin rumbled for a 3-yard score to cap Friendship’s three-touchdown third quarter and backup quarterback Colt Mahoney crossed over on an 8-yard run in the fourth.
“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to,” Davis said. “It was competitive in the first half. We made a couple of mistakes in the second and things piled up. We didn’t play as well as we would have liked, but we can learn from it. Iron sharpens iron. We’ll take it and build on it for two weeks for now.”
Hylick, who had already broken the 1,000-yard barrier before the game, took 19 cracks at Friendship’s defense and finished with 173 yards and both Saints scores. The first came on a 94-yard run following a Friendship fumble in the red zone. He capped the scoring with a 4-yarder in the fourth quarter with a running clock.
“A couple of times we shot ourselves taking penalties and just didn’t convert the little things,” Davis said.
“I was proud of our guys,” Commander coach John McNeal said. “They’re a good team. You’re going to give up some things. It’s just that one run that we did. Offensively, we had opportunities to be more than 28 (at halftime) but we gave up some fumbles and some miscues that I wasn’t happy with. But we answered the bell coming out in the second half and taking care of business.
“Mt. Juliet Christian has gotten better each year. Coach Davis has done a great job. We knew it would be a battle.”
Other than Hylick, Friendship’s defense threw the Saints’ ground game for minus-yardage as MJCA fell to 5-2 going into its bye week. Quarterback Alex Pitman completed 8 of 21 passes for 72 yards with two interceptions (by Bostian and Taylor Carman).
Mt. Juliet Christian lost a fumbles to Friendship’s two. Saints linebacker Andrew Kittrell recovered the Commanders’ miscue just before Hylick’s 94-yard home run. Dawson Perry recovered the other FCS fumble while defensive back Cade Holcombe grabbed the MJCA loose ball on a kickoff return.
Friendship will return from the bye to play host to King’s Academy at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pirtle Field as the Commanders continue their drive for a possible District II-A East Region championship.
“There’s three games after the bye,” McNeal said. “We’re ready for a good rest and let them get re-energized and finish the season with three games at the end and hopefully things will go well in the playoffs.”
Mt. Juliet Christian will also take next week off before welcoming Ezell-Harding to Suey Field at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.
“We have a long way to go this season,” Davis said. “We have a lot of things we can accomplish. This was a good night. Sometimes you have to take a loss to grow and take the next step and go above where you’ve been.”
Friendship Christian 55, Mt. Juliet Christian 14
Mt. Juliet Christian 7 0 0 7—14
Friendship Christian 14 14 20 7—55
Friendship Christian—Jajuan Foutch 36 run (Neill Kane kick), 9:42.
Friendship Christian—Foutch 50 run (Kane kick), 6:37.
Mt. Juliet Christian—Darius Hylick 94 run (Carter Branim kick), 3:33.
Friendship Christian—Jacob Bostian 7 pass from Justin Seagraves (Kane kick), 11:56.
Friendship Christian—Seagraves 2 run (Kane kick), 2:45.
Friendship Christian—Foutch 16 run (Kane kick), 9:44.
Friendship Christian—Foutch 61 run (Kane kick), 6:57.
Friendship Christian—Ernie Gallatin 3 run (pass failed), 4:53.
Friendship Christian—Colt Mahoney 8 run (Kane kick), 9:19.
Mt. Juliet Christian—Hylick 4 run (Branim kick), 1:35.
First downs 10 16
—Rush 6 14
—Pass 3 2
—Penalty 1 0
Rushes-yards 26-157 36-402
Passing yards 72 47
—Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-21-2 4-7-0
Punts-avg. 4-33.8 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-25 5-51
Fumbles lost 1 2
RUSHING—Mt. Juliet Christian: Alex Pitman 6-(-17), Logan Collier 1-1, Darius Hylick 19-173. Friendship Christian: Justin Seagraves 11-45, Jajuan Foutch 10-245, Braden Reece 5-30, Ernie Gallatin 5-35, Gray Taylor 2-7, Jaheim Robinson 1-6, Colt Mahoney 3-34.
PASSING—Mt. Juliet Christian: Alex Pitman 8-21-2—72. Friendship Christian: Braden Reece 3-6-0—40, Justin Seagraves 1-1-0—7.
RECEIVING—Mt. Juliet Christian: Hunter Stonebraker 4-39, Logan Collier 3-26, Trent Graves 1-7. Friendship Christian: Justin Seagraves 3-40, Jacob Bostian 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.