Mt. Juliet (2-0, 1-0 9-AAA) has outscored its first two opponents 99-14 despite losing 27 players from last year’s Class 6A semifinalists.
“We had a lot of unanswered questions coming into this season,” Golden Bears coach Roger Perry said. “We’ve had some pleasant surprises where we’ve had young men step up. You don’t ever know, especially sophomores.”
Sophomores Nolan Chowbay (quarterback), Chris Harper (guard), Tavner Simmons (defensive back) and C.J. Brooks (defensive end) have made a quick impact with the Bears.
Chowbay’s older brother, Caleb, is a former Mt. Juliet quarterback who is a freshman basketball player at Belmont.
Mt. Juliet visits Portland on Thursday and LaVergne next week before a showdown with Beech and running back Jalen Hurd on Sept. 14. Hurd had 451 yards rushing on Friday against Henry County.
Two-way threat: Northeast’s Jalen Reeves-Maybin rushed for 343 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 41-20 win over Rossview, but Springfield coach Dustin Wilson is equally concerned about his abilities as a linebacker entering Friday’s game against the Eagles.
“In my professional opinion, he’s just as good on defense if not better,” Wilson said. “He’s close to being there on every play. He’s very impressive to me on defense.”
Reeves-Maybin has committed to Tennessee, where he is likely to play defensive back in the Volunteers’ nickel package.
“You can’t see how savvy a kid is on film, but you can tell when he’s to the ball every time he must understand the game fairly well for a young man,” Wilson said. “He was definitely in double-digit tackles last week, and (Rossview) threw the ball a lot.”
Page to co-host show: Franklin Road Academy athletic director Kurt Page, a former quarterback at Vanderbilt and Father Ryan, will co-host “Prep Football Talk” on 102.5-FM The Game.
The show will air from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 24.