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Purple Tigers stop Southside in overtime

From staff reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

GLADEVILLE — Watertown stopped Southside on a two-point conversion try in overtime to hold off the host Saints 22-20 in middle school football Thursday night at Wilson Central.

Slotback Keon Dotson's second jet sweep touchdown, a 10-yard run on the first play of overtime, broke a tie and fullback Isaac Hopper's two-point run lifted Watertown to a 22-14 lead.

Southside scored before Watertown stopped the buck sweep on the conversion as the Purple Tigers, with earlier wins over Carroll-Oakland, Gordonsville and Red Boiling Springs, improved to 4-0.

Watertown jumped to an 8-0 lead on quarterback Preston Tomlinson's 5-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion.

Southside drew to within 8-6 on a run before the first quarter expired.

Dotson's 23-yard touchdown run lifted the Purple Tigers to a 14-6 halftime lead.

Watertown threw an interception in the third quarter. Southside tied the score with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers drove to a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line before back-to-back muffed snaps backed them up. But they still took a shot at the end zone where a potential touchdown pass was dropped.

Watertown will play host to Winfree Bryant at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at Robinson Stadium.

MJCA blanks Davidson, clinches first winning season with fifth victory

MT. JULIET —Mt. Juliet Christian celebrated homecoming Thursday night with a 38-0 crushing of Davidson Academy at Suey Field.

The Saints racked up 358 yards of offense as they improved to 5-0 and clinched their first-ever winning season.

"I'm very proud of the guys' effort and the ability to stay the course," Mt. Juliet Christian coach Mike Kittrell said. "My assistant coaches have done a tremendous job helping to get these kids prepared each week.

"We have three games left and we can't lose sight of the job and tasks still at hand. God has truly blessed us and we want to continue on the same track. It's a very exciting time here at MJCA. This was a huge win for our guys and our school. To secure the first middle school football winning season is truly amazing. Our guys fought hard and they continue fighting hard. I couldn't ask for a better group of kids to coach than these kids at MJCA."

Alex Pitman, who ignited the Saints' first drive by intercepting a pass, ran for 107 of Mt. Juliet Christian's 259 rushing yards. Triston Mathis added 95 yards while Pitman passed for 99 more, including 47 on a touchdown toss to Preston Sloan.

Mathis had 47 receiving yards and Josh Jose 21.

Davidson Academy was held to less than 50 yards rushing. Andrew Kittrell led Mt. Juliet Christian's defense with five tackles while Mathis and Will Dedman each had 3 1/2. Noah Michael returned an interception 37 yards. Mathis added a fumble recovery.

Mt. Juliet Christian will next play host to St. Joseph at 6 p.m. next Thursday at Suey Field.

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