ANTIOCH - Mt. Juliet came away victorious in a battle of the Bears Friday in Antioch.
The first score of the game came at 4:41 of the first quarter when Matt Massey intercepted a pass from Antioch's Laron Brewer and took it 66 yards to give Mt. Juliet a 7-0 lead.
Mt. Juliet's defense came up big again on the opening play of the second quarter, as Peyton Haynes picked up an Antioch fumble just eight seconds into the period and powered his way in for a 13-yard score for a 14-0 Golden Bear lead.
Mt. Juliet Coach Trey Perry said "I would credit our defense tonight big time. They caused several turnovers and had two defensive scores. [Defensive Coordinator] David Vassar had a great game plan and they executed that game plan."
Antioch finally crossed the plane with 26 ticks left before halftime when Connor Bumbalough ran down the sideline for a 13-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was wide, but Antioch got another crack after Mt. Juliet was called for roughing the kicker. Antioch then went for two and was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 14-6.
Hayes Foster booted a 33-yard field goal with 5:39 to go in the third quarter to put Mt. Juliet up 17-6 and Nolan Chowbay scrambled eight yards for another score at just under a minute left in the third to put the visitors up 24-6.
Antioch's Damion Baugus hauled in a 61-yard bomb from Brewer for the hosts' final score.
Mt. Juliet's Josh Williams tore up the middle for a 21-yard score for the game's final points.
Mt. Juliet moves to 2-0 for the season and plays host to Station Camp at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Mt. Juliet 31, Antioch 13
Mt. Juliet - Matt Massey 66-yard interception return (Hayes Foster kick), 4:41
Mt. Juliet - Peyton Haynes 13-yard run (Foster kick), 11:52
Antioch - Connor Bumbalough 13-yard run (run failed), 0:26
Mt. Juliet - Foster 33-yard field goal, 5:39
Mt. Juliet - Nolan Chowbay 8-yard run, 0:58
Antioch - Damion Baugus 61-yard pass from Laron Brewer (Erick Aguilar kick), 9:51
Mt. Juliet - Josh Williams 21-yard run (Jacob Bailey kick), 4:47
Nolan Chowbay - 4-for-10 - 60 yards; 3 rush, 26 yards, TD
Austin Simpson - 1 reception, 14 yards
Peyton Haynes - 1 reception, 26 yards, TD
Alex Landis - 1 reception, 6 yards
Kyle Mahler - 1 reception, 14 yards; 4 rush, 15 yards
Josh Williams - 8 carries, 53 yards, TD
Jahuar Jackson - 1 reception, 11 yards
Hayes Foster - 33-yard field goal
Connor Bumbalough - 16 rush, 91 yards, TD
Austin Adams - 14 rush, 71 yards
Mt. Juliet - 11, 120 yards
Antioch - 8, 68 yards