FRANKLIN — The Mt Juliet Golden Bears fell back to the
.500 mark at 3-3 with a 38-24 road loss to Centennial on Friday night.
In the game, Centennial had over 400 yards of offense highlighted
by Deon Sanders with 162 yards and three touchdowns rushing and Emanuel Hall with 104 yards receiving.
"We do not know how to handle adversity very well,” Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry said. “We came out and fought in the second half but in Class 6A football you have to play four quarters to win."
In the early portion of the game, it was a track meet as the teams combined for 24 of the 62 points that were scored.
Centennial got on the board first on a 25-yard run by Sanders. It was the first of three scores on the night for the running back.
Mt. Juliet came back and 21 seconds later scored on a 47-yard run by Cortland Douglas to tie the game at 7-7.
Centennial scored on its next possession, a five-play, 65-yard drive.
The scoring march was capped by a 44-yard run by B.J. Griffin to give the Cougars a lead they never relinquished.
Before the end of the first quarter, Garrett Zickgraf, in after regular kicker Justin Dubay was injured while making a touchdown-saving tackle early in the game, capped a 14-play, 56-yard drive with a 32-yard field goal that pulled the Golden Bears to within 14-10.
In the second quarter, Centennial scored twice to take a commanding lead into the locker room. The first score came on a 44-yard pass to Hall and with less than nine minutes remaining the score was 21-10.
Near the end of the first half, Sanders scored on a 3-yard run, giving the Cougars a commanding 28-10 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Centennial added a field goal of 38 yards by Nick Madonia.
Mt. Juliet scored twice in the fourth quarter to make a game of it.
The first score came on a 55-yard run by Justyce White.
Centennial got the ball back and drove the pigskin down to attempt a field goal but it was blocked, giving the Golden Bears the football back at the 20-yard line.
From there, the Golden Bears scored on a long pass of 52 yards to Patrick Cartmell from Alex Landis and with less than four minutes to go it was 31-24.
Centennial, however, drove the ball 58 yards in eight plays capped by a short run from Sanders, his third score of the night, making the final margin 38-24.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Beech next week to get back into District 9-AAA play. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Friday.
Centennial 38, Mt. Juliet 24
Mt. Juliet 10 0 0 14—24
Centennial 14 14 3 7—38
Centennial — Deon Sanders 25 run [Nick Madonia kick], 8:34.
Mt. Juliet — Courtland Douglas 47 run [Garrett Zickgraf kick], 8:13.
Centennial — B.J. Griffin 44 run [Madonia kick], 6:34.
Mt. Juliet — Zickgraf 32 FG, :51.
Centennial — Emanuel Hall 44 pass from Owen Roth [Madonia kick], 8:50.
Centennial — Sanders 3 run [Madonia kick], :23.
Centennial — Madonia 38 FG, 6:19.
Mt. Juliet — Justyce White 55 run [Zickgraf kick], 9:21.
Mt. Juliet — Patrick Cartmell 52 pass from Alex Landis [Zickgraf kick], 3:51.
Centennial — Sanders 3 run [Madonia kick], :41.
Mt. Juliet Centennial
First downs 13 17
Rushes-yards 38-243 34-254
Passing yards 101 152
Comp.-Att.-Int. 8-14-1 10-14-0
Return yards 87 76
Punts-avg. 3-26.3 2-35
Penalties 4-40 3-25
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
RUSHING — Mt. Juliet: Courtland Douglas 1-47, Justyce White 9-81, Jauhar Jackson 8-33, Ben Cheatham 10-37, Cole Sears 3-7, Kyle Mahler 6-39, Alex Landis 1-[-1]. Centennial: Deon Sanders 25-162, B.J. Griffin 8-89, Emanuel Hall 1-3.
PASSING — Mt. Juliet: Alex Landis 8-14-1—101. Centennial: Owen Roth 10-13-0—152, Emanuel Hall 0-1-0—0.
RECEIVING — Mt. Juliet: Chase Quinn 5-41, Patrick Cartmell 2-56, Logan Hyder 1-4. Centennial: Emanuel Hall 4-104, Dylan Phillips 3-23, Bailey Wisniowki 1-6, Trevor Turner 2-19.