Mt. Juliet poured onto the field in black and dark grey as an ominous storm cloud; a force to be reckoned with in a 35-0 defeat of John Overton on Friday night.
While the Bobcats only traveled 35 players, they stuck with the fight the entire game. Bears senior cornerback Michael Ruttlen set the tone early with several runs from scrimmage, as well a stalwart effort setting the corner on his side while on defense.
The Bears opened the scoring effort with a bruising run from 220-pound senior running back Justin Harrigan. Harrigan got the nod on most first downs and averaged 6 yards per carry.
If Harrigan was thunder from the Golden Bear backfield, senior Connor Ruzek was the lightning. Ruzek led all rushers with 60 yards, most of which came from the patented Mt. Juliet wing-T buck sweep. Mt. Juliet had 10 players touch the ball for 359 yards of offense all the while limiting the Bobcats to 119 yards in 35 offensive plays.
The Bears will look to defend the newly christened Mel Brown Athletic Complex Friday when Lebanon will make the trek down Interstate 40 to Golden Bear Parkway. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Overton 0, Mt. Juliet 35
John Overton0 0 0 0—0
Mt. Juliet 8 10 14 3—35
MJ—Harrigan 15 run, (Bowen run), 9:05.
MJ—Mixon 12 run, (Brewington kick), 1:11.
MJ—Brewington 15 FG, 0:00.
MJ—Ruttlen 23 run, (Brewington kick), 6:07.
MJ—Harrigan 5 run, (Brewington kick), 2:17.
MJ—Brewington 22 FG, 7:55.
Passing yards 61 72
Comp.-Att. 6-11 4-10
Penalties-Yards 6-60 2-5
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1
RUSHING—Overton, Desta 6-17, Mast 9-21, Kid 7-13, Baylis 2-3. Mt. Juliet, Ruzek 6-60, Grimes 6-53, Harrigan 8-49, Ruttlen 5-47, Mixon 5-36, Coleman 4-23, Harris 1-9, Martin 3-7, Bowen 3-5.
PASSING—Overton, Mast 6-11-61. Mt. Juliet, Mixon 4-10-72.
RECEIVING—Overton, Landry 2-115, Carter 5-35. Mt. Juliet, Ruttlen 2-40, Bowen 2-32.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Overton, blocked.