The Mt. Juliet Bears put themselves in position to play for a Region 4-6A championship next week with a 53-16 road win Friday over the Station Camp Bison.
The Bears, with a 3-1 region record, will host the Hendersonville Commandos, 4-0, in region play on Friday.
“It’s the fourth year in a row we’re playing Hendersonville for a region championship,” said Mt. Juliet Coach Trey Perry. “We know what’s in front of us.
“They don’t beat themselves,” Perry continued. “We’ve got to play clean football.”
On defense, the Bears will have to limit explosive plays, Perry said. “When our defense has limited explosiveness, we’ve been really good this year.”
Mt. Juliet showed plenty of explosiveness on offense against Station Camp, scoring three times on runs of 45 yards or more.
“I’m proud of the offense,” Perry said. “We made a schematic change this week” going back to the wing-T offense, he said. “Back to our roots. The offense executed well.”
After the start of the game was delayed for two hours because of thunderstorms in the area, Jamari Sowell opened the scoring for the Bears on their first possession with a 45-yard dash down the sideline and into the endzone.
Mt. Juliet exploded for four touchdowns and 27 points in the second quarter to take a 33-0 lead at halftime.
Osize Danlyan scored on an 18-yard run on the second play of the quarter. On the ensuing possession, the Bears blocked a Station Camp punt and Kaleel Stewart recovered the ball in the end zone. A successful run by Sowell for a two-point conversion pushed Mt. Juliet’s lead to 20-0.
Sowell scored his second and third touchdowns of the game on runs of 26 and 13 yards to put the Bears up 33-0 at the half.
Mt. Juliet opened the second half with a 68-yard touchdown run by Camron Malone and a 10-yard touchdown run by Joshua Jackson to give the Bears a 46-0 lead.
Station Camp got on the scoreboard with 9:15 left in the game. A 21-yard run by Robert Bogus and a 20-yard completion from Blake Lancaster to Ray Davis set up an 11-yard run by Lancaster to the Mt. Juliet 1-yard line. Senior offensive tackle Josiah Lopez lined up in the backfield and carried the ball the final yard for the score.
Lancaster converted the 2-point extra point on a run to make the score 46-8.
However, Mt. Juliet’s Jackson countered with a 60-yard touchdown run to push the lead back to 53-8.
Station Camp closed out the scoring with a 14-yard run by Davis and a two-point conversion run by center Brody Moore, who lined up in the backfield.
“We made a couple of plays at the end,” Station Camp head coach Brent Alexander said. “There are individuals who are showing improvement. Collectively we’re still just not hitting the mark.”
The loss was Station Camp’s 23rd in a row as they fell to 0-9 on the season.
“We’ve got so much to work on, it’s hard to pinpoint things,” Alexander said.
The Bison will finish the season on Friday at Wilson Central in another Region 4-6A contest.
“It’s been an unbelievable year,” said Alexander, who is in his first year as the head coach at Station Camp. “It’s been more than just football. We’re just glad to have the opportunity to play football.”