GALLATIN - The Gallatin Green Wave took advantage of some miscues by Mt. Juliet in a 24-17 victory at Calvin Short Field Friday night.
Early in the second quarter, the Green Wave's Jalen Rogan fell on a Bear fumble in the end zone for a touchdown which gave Gallatin a 14-0 advantage. The game's first score came on a 5-yard run by Gallatin's Eric Debow at 6:22 of the first quarter.
"Our kids gave great effort," Bears coach Trey Perry said. "When you've got two teams that are fighting for every inch, when you have a turnover like that in the end zone in a one score game, those kind of things make the difference."
The Bears would make their first strike at 6:40 in the second period as Alex Landis found Ahmad Bradley for a 9-yard score to close the gap to 14-7 in favor of the hosts. Tristan Rogers made a chip shot 25-yard field goal with 5:51 to go before halftime to extend the Gallatin lead to 17-7.
A scoreless third quarter kept the Mt. Juliet faithful cheering and the crowd jumped to its feet when Landis connected with Kyle Smith on a 61-yard pass to set up the second Landis to Bradley touchdown play at 8:56 to play to pull within 17-14.
Debow rumbled in for his second score of the night on a 6-yard push through the middle with 4:13 to play. Jacob Bailey knocked through a 26-yard field goal at just over two minutes remaining for the night's final points.
Penalties were also costly to the Bears, stalling offensive drives and extending a couple for the Green Wave.
"When you look at situations like penalties in a close football game, it takes you off your schedule, it makes the calls harder," Perry said. "In a close game, those are gonna be big and they were tonight."
The Bears will wrap up their season Friday at 7 p.m. when Portland comes to town.
Gallatin 24, Mt. Juliet 17
Mt. Juliet 0 7 0 10--17
Gallatin 7 10 0 7--24
Gallatin - Eric Debow 5-yard run (Tristan Rogers kick), 6:22
Gallatin - Jalen Rogan fumble recovery in end zone (Rogers kick), 8:59
Mt. Juliet - Alex Landis 9-yard pass to Ahmad Bradley (Jacob Bailey kick), 6:40
Gallatin - Rogers 25-yard field goal, 5:51
Mt. Juliet - Landis 11-yard pass to Bradley (Bailey kick), 8:56
Gallatin - Debow 6-yard run (Rogers kick), 4:13
Mt. Juliet - Bailey 26-yard field goal, 2:13
Rushing-Gallatin, Debow 26-117, Clay Carnes 13-57. Mt. Juliet, Kyle Smith 9-73, Kyle Mahler, 14-74.
Passing-Gallatin, Carnes 6-12-0-70; Mt. Juliet, Landis 6-12-0-120.
Receiving-Mt. Juliet, Ahmad Bradley, 4-31.