MTCS tunes up for season with 16-0 win over Cannon County

Cannon County’s Jamal Barrett is drilled by MTCS’s Kemari McGowan while attempting to make a lateral pass to an open teammate. ETHAN SCOTT

Middle Tennessee Christian School’s football team tuned up for its season opener with a 16-0 win over Cannon County in a two-quarter jamboree on Friday night at Throneberry Stadium.

"It was a good day of work for us, but we still have a lot of things that we have to clean up," MTCS coach Fred Shambaugh said.

The two teams played two quarters of 12 minutes with a running clock. The Cougars opened the scoring with a 4-yard run by Drew Lusk, who had five carries for 41 yards in the two quarters.

MTCS' all-time leading rusher, senior Kemari McGowan, played in one series and had three carries for 18 yards.

After stopping Cannon County on downs, the Cougars scored again as they had a long drive, capped by a 33-yard field goal by senior Garriot Scott.

The only thing the Cougars struggled with was penalties as they had four, two for holding, one motion penalty, a facemask infraction and one score that was called back on one of the penalties.

The scoring was closed out as second-string quarterback Hayes Watson threw a 6-yard pass to Ethan Adams.

To open the season the Cougars will host White House-Heritage, a Class 4-A school.

"When you play a school like White House, depth is always a concern because they have so many more kids," Shambaugh said.

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