The Spring Hill Bears returned home to take care of business on the gridiron Friday night to defeat the visiting Murfreesboro Rattlers 24-14 for 7-2A Conference play at Bear Stadium.

The Spring Hill Bears returned home to take care of business on the gridiron Friday night to defeat the visiting Murfreesboro Rattlers 24-14 for 7-2A Conference play at Bear Stadium.

The Bears victory keeps their postseason hopes alive as they're tied with Mineral Springs and Lafayette County for the fourth spot in league standings.

The Bears performance kept the Rattlers winless as they fall to 0-5 in conference, 0-8 overall.

The Bears improve to 2-3 in conference and 3-5 overall.

Spring Hill head football coach Matt McBride was satisfied with the Bears victory and to return home to pull away victorious to keep their postseason goal progressing by defeating Murfreesboro in conference play. Despite the Bears starting off a little slow early, the team stepped it in the second, third and fourth quarters to secure the win and not allow the visiting Rattlers to seek their first victory of the season on Spring Hill's home field.

"We came out on top for the victory, but got off to a slow start offensively the whole first quarter. We had two turnovers and two dropped passes, but two touchdowns in the second quarter and one in the third quarter. We put together a long drive in the fourth quarter to run the clock out. Defensively, we played well and responded better and tackled better," McBride said.

After falling short to make a end zone trip of scoring in the first quarter, Bears' Payton Massanelli drove through the Rattlers defense for a 16-yard touchdown and Cam Middleton scoring the 2-point conversion got the Bears on the scoreboard. Then Parker Freeman at quarterback launch an 73-yard touchdown pass reception to Massanelli and Keymonte Rhodes scored the 2-point conversion to spark the Bears scoring drives in first half action. In the second half, in the third quarter, Massanelli completed a 96-yard touchdown pass reception to Lewis Chambers with the 2-point conversion successful to account for the Bears scoring for the game.

Offensively, Massanelli completed 7-for-14 passes for 188 yards with one passing TD and Freeman was 1-for 2 passing for 73 yards with one TD. Receiving, Lewis had three receptions for 114 yards for a TD, Middleton also had three receptions for 51 yards, Massanelli had one reception for 73 yards for a TD and Hays Martin had one reception for 23 yards. On the ground attack, Rhodes had 15 carries for 71 yards rushing and Massanelli had seven carries for 36 yards rushing.

Defensively, Dustin Beck led with 13 tackles, Marshall Glover and Rhodes each had six tackles apiece. Drake Kidd had five tackles, Chambers and Levi Kidd each had three tackles apiece, Cannon Saunders, Martin and Matthew Kelesoma each had two tackles apiece. Rusty Orr, Middleton, Justin Adcock and Brady Whatley each had a tackle apiece. Martin, Parker and Middleton each had a INT. Rhodes, Orr and Chambers each had a QB sack/tackle of loss.

This week, the Bears will be back home to host the Dierks Outlaws for conference play. It will be the final home game for the Bears at Bear Stadium on senior night. Kickoff set at 7 p.m.