Defensive tackle Derontay Batey recovered a bad snap in the final minute to preserve Walter J. Baird’s 16-8 Eighth-Grade Night win over visiting West Wilson on Tuesday night.
Both Baird touchdowns came in the first half as the Blue Devils improved to 6-2.
Quarterback Zach Wren’s 60-yard run set up a 1-yard scoring sneak by Quinn Suber, who had been inserted under center by coach Eric Lawrence. Jajuan Foutch’s two-point run made it 8-0 late in the first quarter.
Foutch doubled the score on the third play following West Wilson’s ensuing series on a 67-yard run through the Wildcat defense.
“It was one of the best runs I’ve ever seen,” said Lawrence, a former Cumberland, Trousdale County and Lebanon High assistant coach. “The littlest guy on the field breaking tackles.”
Foutch then flipped a two-point pass to Suber for a 16-0 lead.
Both teams moved the ball past the opponents’ 30-yard line throughout the night. But Preston Parks, Jaxon Whittaker and Ryan Brown stopped West Wilson before cornerback Jamire Davis broke up a fourth-down pass play on a wheel route.
Baird, behind runs from Foutch, Wren and Tyriq Cooper, drove the ball inside the West Wilson 30 before stalling with 1:50 left in the first half.
The Wildcats went the other way via their two-minute offense before cornerback Suber broke up a pass in the end zone to end the first half.
After a Baird three-and-out to open the second half, the Wildcats used a series of short passes and runs up the middle to travel 60 yards to the end zone to cut the margin in half.
Both teams then drove inside the 30 before stalling.
A Baird punt gave West Wilson another chance with 1:50 left. But a bad snap in shotgun formation sailed over the quarterback and Batey beat the signal-caller to the ball with 41 seconds left.
Baird will play host to Watertown at 10 a.m. Saturday before joining forces with Winfree Bryant to take on Montgomery Bell Academy next Tuesday in a game tentatively scheduled to be played at WBMS, though Lawrence said it could be held at Lebanon High’s Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium.
Jones leads unbeaten FCS to sixth win
NASHVILLE — Mike Jones threw for one touchdown and ran for two others to lift undefeated Friendship Christian past host Davidson Academy 42-0 in middle school football last Thursday.
Jones scored on runs of 3 and 20 yards, plus both two-point conversion runs, for a 16-0 halftime lead. He then winged a 15-yard scoring pass to Wesley Elliot and flipped a two-point pass to Ben Jamison for a 24-0 lead in the third.
Jamison ran for a 15-yard score later in the third.
Mac Reeder scored on a 2-yard run and Josh Folkerts a 43-yarder in the fourth as the Commanders climbed to 6-0.
Jones rushed for 148 yards on 14 carries and passed for 96 more on 10-of-13. He also led the defense with two sacks among his five tackles. Travis Gaither and Jacob Bostian supplied six tackles apiece.
Friendship will play host to Franklin Road Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Commanders’ home finale at Pirtle Field before closing the season next Tuesday at Donelson Christian.