MT. JULIET — After beating Lebanon last week, Mt. Juliet knocked off its second Wilson County rival Friday night, rolling past Wilson Central 30-3.
The Bears (3-3, 2-1 Region 3-6A) controlled the game from the outset, faking a punt for a 31-yard gain to capture the momentum.
“It was a back to back rivalry week for us,” said Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry. “The kids rebounded well and prepared well.”
After the fake punt was successful, setting up a score, Mt. Juliet blocked a Wilson Central punt on the next series. That set up a field goal and 10-0 lead.
“Special teams was outstanding for us and they set the tone for the game,” said Perry.
Mt. Juliet was paced offensively by running back Jauhar Jackson, who ran for 70 yards and a first-half touchdown.
“They (Wilson Central) had talked about us a lot all week, how we had no chance against them,” Jackson said. “But we ignored them. We practiced hard all week, executed tonight and got the job done.”
Wilson Central (2-3, 1-1) was led by running back Jordan Hooper, who rushed for 89 yards on eight carries.
“Too many turnovers. Too many errors,” said Wilson Central coach Brad Dedman. “We will go back and watch the film and see what we can get fixed.”