The Golden Bears knocked off the Rossview Hawks, 31-17, Friday night, led by Aidan Raines’ 180 rushing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Raines began the game with a bang, taking his first carry 80 yards for a touchdown.
“Unbelievable performance from an unbelievable player,” said head coach Trey Perry of Raines. “I’m looking forward to the moment when colleges wake up and realize what kind of football player we have on our hands.”
Coming into Friday’s game, the Golden Bears hadn’t allowed a point this season. On Rossview’s first drive, the tension on the Bears’ sideline was palpable as the Hawks moved into field-goal range. A third-down stop led to a 38-yard field goal try from Zaden Webber, who sent the ball through the uprights. The streak was over.
But those were the only three points the Hawks scored in the first half, and Perry said he was proud of the way his team came out ready to play.
“I think we played a very good Rossview team tonight,” said Perry. “As I told our team, we had some great individual performances tonight, but individuals don’t win you regional championships or get you where you need to be.”
Despite the 7-0 start, Perry said there’s still something he’d like to see ironed out before his team takes on a very capable McGavock team.
“We just have to clean up our mistakes,” said Perry. “Not just penalties, but our scheme and responding to adversity and things like that. I mean they’re teenagers. You get that to some degree with the scoreless streak and stuff like that. But we’re also senior-led, and that shouldn’t happen on this football team.”
Mt. Juliet 31, Rossview 17
Rossview 3 0 7 7—17
Mt. Juliet 14 10 7 0—31
MJ—Raines 80 run (Brewington kick) 11:43.
MJ—Raines 6 run (Brewington kick ), :06.
RV—Weber 38 FG, 5:55.
MJ—Glass 2 run (Brewington kick), 8:24.
MJ—Brewington 39 FG, :54.
MJ—Grimes 12 run (Brewington kick), 8:24.
RV—Orr 13 run (Weber kick), 6:03.
RV—Orr 85 run (Weber kick), 8:07.
Rushes-yards 44-254 38-288
Passing yards 118 16
Comp.-Att. 10-16 5-11
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
RUSHING—Mt. Juliet: Raines 22-180, Glass 5-9, Ruzek 1-5, Walton 9-38, Grimes 6-25. Rossview: Orr 20-154, Avros 12-112, Miller 2-11.
PASSING—Mt. Juliet: Glass 10-16-118. Rossview: Avros 5-11-16.
RECEIVING—Mt. Juliet: Bowen 4-68, Raines 1-16, Mixon 1-11, Martin 3-18, Lodwick 1-5. Rossview: Orr 2-3, Phillipps 1-11, Lewis 1-2.