WESTMORELAND — Friendship Christian scored on its first offensive play and held Westmoreland in the closing seconds of a 7-7 tie in jamboree action Friday night.
After holding the Eagles to a three-and-out to start the action, the Commanders’ big-play offense struck as Austin Taylor got outside for a 60-yard touchdown run. Jonathan Luck’s kick made it 7-0.
Friendship’s offense never threatened the rest of the evening.
Westmoreland scored on an 8-yard run with around three minutes left.
Friendship went for it on fourth and 2 but came up short.
Commander cornerback Steven Hollis broke up a long Jake Perry pass to help preserve the tie.
Earlier, Friendship’s middle school shut out Westmoreland 6-0 as Ernie Gallatin scored on an early 60-yard run.
FCS’ junior-varsity then rolled 18-0 as Ben Jamison scored on runs of 70 and 60 yards, sandwiched around Caleb Farris’ 30-yard touchdown pass to Chad Holcombe.
Friendship will travel to Memphis next Friday to open the season at Harding Academy. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
At Smyrna, Mt. Juliet was no match to a big, physical Oakland team in a 41-0 loss.
The Golden Bears will lick their wounds before preparing to play host to local-rival Lebanon in District 9-AAA season-opening action at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Tonight, Wilson Central will travel to Hartsville’s Creekbank to take on Pope John Paul II at 6:30 p.m. after the JV teams tangle at 6 at John Kerr Field.
At Watertown, the brand-new Robinson Stadium will get a test run when DeKalb County comes to town. The JV will square off at 7 p.m., followed by the varsity at 8. The Purple Tiger middle-school team will take on Carroll-Oakland at 6.