MJHS defense makes stand in season-opening win

NASHVILLE — There was less than a minute left on the clock and McGavock had the ball at the Mt Juliet 3-yard line. A bad snap moved it back to the 15, from there an incompletion and a sack on fourth down with eight seconds left by the Mt Juliet defense was enough for a 21-20 victory on the ro...
Aug 31, 2009

Mt. Juliet's Kervin Poindujour [3] returns a McGavock punt. Photo by GEORGE PAGE

NASHVILLE — There was less than a minute left on the clock and McGavock had the ball at the Mt Juliet 3-yard line. A bad snap moved it back to the 15, from there an incompletion and a sack on fourth down with eight seconds left by the Mt Juliet defense was enough for a 21-20 victory on the road Friday night.
"I knew McGavock was an explosive football team," Mt Juliet coach Roger Perry said. "I never relaxed even when we were up 21-6."
"Mt. Juliet was just better on the last play," McGavock coach Arcentae Broome said.
The Golden Bears scored first on an 8-yard pass from Reed Gurchiek to Mikee Brown. The point after by Tyler Emmets was good and the score was 7-0. The key play in the drive was a 71-yard pass from Gurchiek to Vaughn Cornelia setting Mt Juliet up inside the 10.
McGavock came right back on a six-play, 59-yard drive, capped by a pass from Kody McKinley to Trenton Hayes of 6 yards. The extra point was blocked by Taylor Beavers leaving the score 7-6.
The Golden Bears' next score was set up by an interception by Desmond Fisher. Mt. Juliet took over on its 15. It took six plays, but the Bears scored on a 29-yard run by Doug Tompkins. It was the first of two scores on the night for Tompkins, who rushed for 55 yards on nine carries.
Mt Juliet got the ball to begin the second half and drove it inside the red zone, but Gurchiek threw an interception, giving the Raiders the ball at the 20.
McGavock was forced to punt and Mt Juliet drove the football 72 yards in seven plays, capping the drive with a 2-yard run from Tompkins.
The key play in the drive was a 39-yard catch by Cornelia. He finished with three catches for 125 yards.
The Raiders battled back. Late in the third quarter, they scored on  a 50-yard pass from McKinley to Darius Turner. Everett Colbert ran the ball in for two points and the score was 21-14.
McGavock got the ball back early in the fourth quarter on an interception by Devon Warfield. From there, Colbert got the pigskin scoring on a 5-yard run. The Raiders went for two pointsand the pass failed leaving the score at 21-20.
Another interception by the Golden Bears left McGavock with the ball at its 43. The Raiders converted a fourth-down play at midfield to keep the drive alive.
Another fourth down was converted inside the 30, getting McGavock inside the 5. From there, Mt Juliet's defense stiffened, holding McGavock to hang on for the one-point win.
Mt Juliet (1-0) will host old rival Gallatin (1-0)  next week in the District 9-AAA opener. McGavock (0-1) will travel to Cane Ridge (0-1)  next Friday night.

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