COOKEVILLE — Walter J. Baird came up just short on a couple of occasions in a 16-8 middle-school football loss at Prescott South on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs scored on their first two series for a 16-0 lead.
Baird countered with Deratio Shannon's 80-yard kickoff return and Jajuan Foutch's two-point run to cut the lead in half.
But that was all the scoring as the Blue Devils dropped to 3-2. Not that there weren't several opportunities.
Quarterback Zach Wrenn's 83-yard touchdown run between Prescott South's scores was called back by a block-in-the-back penalty.
Baird took the second-half kickoff and drove on fourth-and-goal where Foutch was stopped one inch shy of the goal line.
After the Blue Devils' defense forced a Prescott South punt, Foutch, on the return, was tripped up by a shoestring tackle at the Bulldog 5-yard line. But the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on third down and ran out the clock.
Baird will travel to Carthage next Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game at Smith County. Coach Eric Lawrence picked up that game Thursday after Carroll-Oakland pulled out of the scheduled contest due to a lack of available players.
Pitman accounts for three TDs as MJCA outlasts Cornersville 28-20, improves to 4-0
CORNERSVILLE — Alex Pitman's 30-yard run broke a tie with six minutes to play and Mt. Juliet Christian's defense stopped Cornersville at the Saints' 20-yard line with 26 seconds left to preserve a 28-20 triumph Thursday night.
Dawson Perry's 50-yard kickoff tied the game 20-20.
Mt. Juliet Christian failed to recover the ensuing onside kick, but a fumble gave the Saints right back to set up Pitman's score as the visitors improved to 4-0.
"I'm very proud of how our guys stayed strong and continued to fight," Mt. Juliet Christian coach Mike Kittrell said. "To pull out out a win in a tough battle like this is huge for our guys and our school. Our defense came up big at the right time when we needed it. They have been pretty resilient all year long."
The Saints, who had allowed just six points through the first three games, fell behind 8-0 early. But Pitman passed 30 yards to Preston Sloan to bring Mt. Juliet Christian within 8-6.
Pitman returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards for the touchdown and a 12-8 lead.
Cornersville scored a pair of touchdowns to go up 20-12.
Mt. Juliet Christian will play host to Davidson Academy at 6 p.m. next Thursday at Suey Field for homecoming.