Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian was 18 seconds from seeing an all-night rain turn into liquid sunshine when Lookout Valley rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to snatch a 25-21 win over the Saints at Mt. Juliet Middle’s Barry Wilmore Field on Aug 28.

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MT. JULIET - The humidity moved out in time for a sellout crowd at an officially half-filled Elzie Patton Stadium to watch host Mt. Juliet to win its 12th straight meeting with Lebanon 45-24 last night.

Though the game wasn't close at the end, it was entertaining,especially during a wild-and-woolly first half which saw the teams race up and down the field with big plays in all three phases.

But with Mt. Juliet leading at halftime, the Bears signs on the opening kickoff, returning the boot 94 yards to the Mt. Juliet 5-yard line.

But the Bear defense stiffened and Lebanon was hit by a false-start penalty, prompting Sean Redmond to come on for a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 Mt. Juliet kept the ball on the ground to run clock (though the one on the scoreboard wasn't working) and expand the margin as the home team went to 2-0 for the season with a victory in the Region 4-6A debut.

The Blue Devils dropped to 1-2 and 0-1.

But Lebanon's DeQuantay Shannon fired the first salvo by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards to the Mt. Juliet 5-yard line. The Bear defense stiffened and Sean Rredmond kicked a 26-yard field goal to stake the visitors to an early 3-0 lead.

Mt. Juliet came back with a 61-yard drive following a pooch kick. Stephen Swoner fired to Jamari Sowell up the right seam from 30 yards out to put the Golden Bears up 7-3. 

The Blue Devils bounced back on first down with a flea-flicker 73-yard bomb from Jalen Abston to Kemontez Logue to lift Lebanon to a 10-7 lead with less than four minutes gone from the clock.

Swoner came back with a bubble screen to Ethan Brown, who carried the ball to the Lebanon 8 for a 52-yard pickup. Sowell scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run on second down to swing the lead back to the Bears 14-10.

Following a Lebanon punt, Mt. Juliet drove to a 15-yard sweep down the right sideline by Camron Malone for a 21-10 Golden Bear lead in the final minute of the first quarter.

The scoreboard clock was problematic throughout the first quarter and shut down in the second. But the score count worked just fine and got another workout when Tanner Cocke blocked a Blue Devil punt, scooped the ball up and ran 34 yards to the end zone to up the Bear lead to 28-10.

Lebanon made the next big play when Will Seats made a sliding interception on the Mt. Juliet 27. The Blue Devils moved 29 yards in reverse on the ensuing series and had to punt.

Anthony Crowell gave the Blue Devils their next chance when he intercepted Swoner's pass on the 5 and returned it 88 yards to the Mt. Juliet 7. Shannon took a direct snap on third down and ran it in to bring Lebanon within 28-17.

With time being kept on the field and known only to the teams, Christian Borden intercepted Swoner's pass on a deflection to end the first half.

Armed with the lead, Mt. Juliet ran the ball eight consecuive plays to start the second half. Connor Kowalski came on for a 30-yard field goal which widened the Golden Bear lead to two touchdowns at 31-17.

Lebanon was far from finished. Without the flea flicker, Abston hit Logue deep down the middle for 47 yards to the Mt. Juliet 3. After a 1-yard loss, Shannon took the direct snap and worked his way into the end zone to draw the Devils to within 31-24.

Mt. Juliet went back to the run with Malone and Conlin Baggott to eventually expire the third quarter. Swoner muscled in the ball on a 4-yard quarterback sneak for a 38-24 lead two plays into the fourth.

The Bears got the ball back and gained a total of 6 yards, but ran off nine plays as three penalties were called. But time ticked down and, after Lebanon stalled on downs, Mt. Juliet drove down to a Baggott 5-yard touchdown run to put the game away at 45-24.

Mt. Juliet will head to Gallatin's Calvin Short Field next Friday for a 7 p.m. battle with the Green Wave. Lebanon will play host to LaVergne at the same time at Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium.

Week 3 scores

Rossview 7

WILSON CENTRAL 27

WATERTOWN 9

Trousdale County 7

Donelson Christian

FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN Postponed until Sept. 18

Gallatin 42

GREEN HILL 3

MT. JULIET CHRISTIAN 12

Macon County 39

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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian was 18 seconds from seeing an all-night rain turn into liquid sunshine when Lookout Valley rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to snatch a 25-21 win over the Saints at Mt. Juliet Middle’s Barry Wilmore Field on Aug 28.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Most of the damages and debris may be gone, but families in Mt. Juliet are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of the March 3 tornado.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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SPARTA, Ky. — On a restart with two laps to go, some of the biggest names in NASCAR — Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski — were at the front of the field racing for the Quaker State 400 win.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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After a long absence, auto racing will be returning to the Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville with a NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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The Mt. Juliet High School football program has been placed on probation and sanctioned by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for recruiting violations that occurred earlier this year.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Mt. Juliet boys basketball coach Troy Allen said Monday he would leave the Golden Bears after 16 seasons to accept the head coaching position at the new Green Hill High School.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
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Above: Wilson Central junior Sydnee Richetto announced her commitment last week to play basketball for Wofford College, a Division I school in Spartanburg, S.C. The high-scoring point guard averages 18.8 points per game this past season before blowing out her knee in January. For her career,…

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Because of to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is closing most of its checking stations and has announced a major change in check-in procedures for harvested turkeys.

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Mt. Juliet’s Randall Young is carrying on the family racing tradition, but in a slightly different manner.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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I was hiking through a remote marshy area one recent late afternoon, seeking escape from the constant dismal drumbeat of bad news and calamity, when a reassuring voice suddenly sounded from the darkening swamp.

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Above: Wilson Central junior Sydnee Richetto announced her commitment last week to play basketball for Wofford College, a Division I school in Spartanburg, S.C. The high-scoring guard averaged 18.8 points per game this past season before blowing out her knee in January. For her career, she i…

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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The Mt. Juliet boys and Lebanon girls, along with 34 other teams in Division I’s three classifications, may yet have a chance to continue the state basketball tournament.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Mt. Juliet’s boys, along with 24 other boys’ and 12 girls’ basketball teams, were left in limbo last week when the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, following the lead of every professional and college sports league across the co untry, as well as many other state high school …

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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SPRINGFIELD — They endured The Dunk as freshmen and The blowout as sophomores. But Mt. Juliet’s seniors are going out for the first time in Golden Bear boys’ basketball history as region champions after finally knocking off Northeast in the 5-AAA final 53-44 last Thursday night.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020
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Kevin Dawson, principal of the new Green Hill High School, has announced several new faculty hires to head some of the school’s extracurricular programs. Robert Brindos will coach of the boys’ soccer team. Currently in his 11th teaching year, Brindos teaches at Mt. Juliet High School, and he…

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CLARKSVILLE — Host Rossview ended a two-year first-round losing streak by District 10-AAA teams in the Region 5-AAA tournament by ousting Wilson Central 57-39 Friday night.

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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys were never in real danger of an upset, but it wasn’t until a big run midway through the second half that the Golden Bears dispatched visiting Kenwood from the Region 5-AAA tournament with a first-round 70-41 win Saturday night.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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FRANKLIN — Four Wilson County wrestlers, including three from Wilson Central, reached the championship round of the TSSAA Championships last Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

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GLADEVILLE — Mt. Juliet continued its rumble through the District 9-AAA tournament with a 60-31 Saturday night semifinal thumping of Gallatin at Wilson Central.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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MT. JULIET — Coming off its first District 9-AAA loss of the season, and first setback of the 2020 calendar year, Mt. Juliet reeled off 33 straight points in a 79-31 Senior Night win over Wilson Central last Friday.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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FRANKLIN — Armed with the school’s first undefeated record, Wilson Central had high hopes of bringing home the Wildcats’ first state dual wrestling championship from the Williamson County Ag Expo Center last Saturday.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
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A day after learning Sydnee Richetto will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Wilson Central’s girls battled host Lebanon tooth and nail for the first 1 1/2 quarters Friday night.

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Wilson Central’s boys play hard enough and shoot three-pointers well enough a team could be sorry for drawing the Wildcats come tournament time.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys played their game, and got Lebanon to play it too, during a midgame run which turned a close contest into a 63-46 victory last Friday night.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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You probably won’t come across a $104,00 vintage fishing lure like the one Mt. Juliet’s Gibby Gibson encountered a few years ago at a tackle sale in Kentucky, but there will still be some great bargains on all sorts of gear — new and old — at an upcoming event at Charlie Daniels Park.