But an explosive offense, led by Darius Hylick’s six touchdowns, was able to get the Saints a 61-36 victory over the Middle Tennessee Christian Cougars at Suey Field on Friday night.
The Saints’ head coach, Don Davis, said it was nice to see his team overcome some early “adversity,” especially after suffering their first loss of the season last week at the hands of King’s Academy.
“We got down 16 and just had to grind back out and dig it out and go get it,” said Davis. “My guys did that and I’m proud of them.”
Davis’ team was led by junior running back Darius Hylick, whose stat line looks straight out of a video game, posting 243 rushing yards, 88 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. When asked about Hylick’s night, Davis credited the team for his running back’s success.
“That’s a team thing,” said Davis. “Darius [Hylick] is the guy with the ball, but he doesn’t get the ball without everyone doing their job. Our offense came together, defense finally got back on track, special teams did a decent job. It’s just a team thing around here.”
A rough start to the night for the defense looked like it was going to get worse as the Cougars’ offense was driving again, looking to put more unanswered points on the board in the second quarter. The Saints’ defense held their ground though, stopping the Cougars on a 4th- and-goal situation. The momentum of the game shifted after that stand, and the Saints were able to outscore their opponent 61-20 the rest of the way.
“Our defense normally does a pretty commendable job,” said Davis. “We had our hiccup last week but they take pride in not letting people score, especially in situations like that. They stepped up and did it, and that helped the cause.”
This win brought the Saints’ record to 5-1 as they get ready for Friendship Christian next Friday at 7:30 at FCS’ Pirtle Field.
Mt. Juliet Christian 61, Middle Tennessee Christian 36
Mid. Tenn. 16 6 0 14—36
MJCA 0 21 27 13—61
MTCS— 34 McGowan run (2pt conv run McGowan) 10:19
11 Goins run (2pt conv. run McGowan) 7:04
MJCA—3 Hylick run (2pt conv. Hylick run) 10:19
40 pass from Pitman to Collier (2pt conv. failed) 10:10
35 Hylick run (Branim kick good) 4:35
MTCS—7 Berry run (2pt conv. failed)
MJCA—35 pass from Pitman to Hylick (Branim kick good) 10:10
79 pass from Pitman to Collier (Branim kick good) 7:21
22 pass from Pitman to Hylick (kick blocked) 5:32
31 Hylick run (Branim kick good) :40
MTCS—10 McGowan run (2pt conv. Berry run) 8:05
30 pass from Goins to Berry (2pt conv. failed)
MJCA—45 Hylick run (Branim kick good) 7:43
70 pass from Pitman to Graves (kick no good) 2:11
Rushes-yards 30-249 58-377
Passing yards 307 129
Comp.-Att. 9-17 10-23
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
RUSHING—MJCA: Hylick 24-243, Pitman 4-(-2)
MTCS: Berry 11-82, Allen 5-50, Goins 9-23, McGowan 23-199, McConnell 6-17, Pickard 1-13
PASSING—MJCA: Pitman 9-17-307
MTCS: Goins 10-23-129
RECEIVING—MJCA: Hylick 3-88, Collier 4-142, Graves 2-77
MTCS: Letzler 2-31, Berry 1-30, Brady 1-8, Pickard 5-55, George 1-5