Gallatin – The Mt Juliet Golden Bears used turnovers and big plays to pull away for a 31-10 victory over the Gallatin Green Wave on Friday night at Calvin Short field.
The game was tied at 3 at the half, but the Golden Bears scored early in the third quarter and never looked back, finding the end zone three more times in the fourth to put the game away.
Mt. Juliet had trouble with penalties in the first half, helping extend Green Wave drives and having one penalty take a touchdown off the board in the second quarter, but tightened up in the second half.
Mt. Juliet Head Coach Trey Perry, was happy with the way his team overcame mistakes and made plays to win the game.
“We talk a lot about overcoming adversity,” Perry said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we responded tonight to some tough spots we put ourselves in.”
Gallatin had opportunities in the first half to jump out to a lead, but could not get much consistency going on offense for much of the night.
Green Wave Head Coach Chad Watson knew the effort was there from his team, but they just needed to capitalize.
“Our kids competed tonight, but we just have to take advantage of our opportunities,”
Watson said. “We have to put our guys in the best situations to win.
Gallatin had a 59-yard run by Steven Halcomb set up a touchdown chance late in the first, but a false start penalty near the goal line led to a field goal attempt.
The Green Wave also had a 15-play drive in the first half, aided by 4 15-yard Mt Juliet penalties, but were unable to get points right before the half.
“I’m tremendously proud of our defense tonight,” Perry said. “60 yards in penalties and to not give up any points is pretty special.”
The Golden Bears took the lead immediately in the third quarter when Cameron Malone ran in a 64-yard touchdown run, making the score 10-3.
After a missed field goal by Gallatin, Mt Juliet extended their lead when Jamari Sowell ran in a 40-yard touchdown on 4th down, making the score 17-3.
From there, the Golden Bear defense struck, when Matt Delfendahl intercepted a Gallatin pass. After that, Sowell struck again, this time on a reverse for a 23-yard score, extending the lead to 24-3.
Austin Keller intercepted another Gallatin pass on the ensuing drive, setting up the Bears inside the Wave 10. From there, Joshua Jackson ran in a 6-yard touchdown, giving Mt Juliet a 31-3 lead.
“This is a wakeup call, and we will see how we respond to it,” Watson said. “We will watch the tape, and we will reevaluate to go from there”
Gallatin came back down the field with a late 1-yard touchdown from Halcomb, making the score 31-10.
Gallatin will host Collierville next week, while Mt Juliet takes on county rival Wilson Central.