South Pittsburg falls in TSSAA state title game
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COOKEVILLE (AP) — Ricky Henry ran for two touchdowns and 101 yards as he led Union City to a 23-14 victory over South Pittsburg in the TSSAA Class 1A state championship game on Friday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

Union City (13-1) did not throw a single pass in the game, racking up 319 yards on the ground, led by Alex Reid’s 105 yards and a 29-yard touchdown run on 10 carries.

Khalil Mitchell ran for a 17-yard touchdown and 107 yards on 17 carries for South Pittsburg (12-2), while Jujuan Lankford also ran for a 1-yard touchdown among his 12 carries for 40 yards.

Case Cook also kicked a 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to complete Union City’s scoring.

The game was a rematch of the 2009 title game, where Union City won 31-29. It is the Golden Tornadoes’ second championship.




Kenyan Harper rushed for 177 yards to lead Trousdale County to a 21-12 victory over Adamsville in the TSSAA Class 2A state championship on Saturday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

Harper, named the game’s offensive MVP, caught two passes for 55 yards.

Trousdale County quarterback Marquel Claiborne threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jackson to give TCHS (14-0) a 7-6 lead, then later ran for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Adamsville’s Zak Neary was named the game’s defensive MVP, collecting eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

The win gave the Yellow Jackets their ninth state championship and first since 2009.

For Adamsville (11-3), it was the Cardinals’ second consecutive championship game loss.

Cardinals quarterback Seth Paul threw for 141 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice. Neary ran for 84 yards and a touchdown.



Alcoa running back Jaquez Tyson ran for 278 yards and three touchdowns as the Tornadoes beat Christ Presbyterian Academy 25-7 in the TSSAA Class 3A state championship on Friday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

The victory gave Alcoa (13-2) its 13th state championship and first since the 2010 season.

Tyson’s 49 carries set a TSSAA championship game record, breaking the previous record of 43 set by St. George’s Omar Williams against University School of Jackson in 2011.

Alcoa quarterback Peyton Wall got the scoring started as he ran 28 yards for a touchdown on a draw play. Then CPA’s Chance Meier broke away for a 36-yard touchdown run to knot the game just before the end of the first quarter.

Tyson, the game’s offensive MVP, scored a one-yard touchdown with 8:33 left in the second quarter, but Austin Wallace’s PAT was blocked. He scored from one-yard out again with 37 seconds left in the half. His third touchdown, also a one-yard run, came with 6:03 remaining in the game.

Wall almost broke the century mark on the ground, picking up 93 yards on 11 carries.

Alcoa’s Braylon Young, who recorded five tackles, a half-sack and 2-1/2 tackles for loss, was the game’s defensive MVP.

The Tornadoes held CPA (14-1) to 143 total yards - 99 rushing and 44 passing.




Xavier Hawkins had four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, leading Fulton to its second straight TSSAA Class 4A state championship, beating Giles County 54-14 on Saturday.

It is the fifth state championship for the Falcons (15-0).

For the season, Fulton scored 862 points, which ranks fourth all-time nationally.

Hawkins ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, caught a 29-yard TD pass from Penny Smith in the second, then caught a 10-yard TD to open the fourth quarter. He then rushed for a 68-yard touchdown just over a minute later.

Hawkins was offensive MVP and ended the game with 78 yards on nine carries and 57 yards on five catches.

Smith threw four touchdowns in the win, compiling 143 yards on 7-of-15 passing. He threw a 47-yard touchdown strike to K.J. Roper and a 39-yard passing score to Domonique Williams. De’Ontay Tate also ran for a 22-yard touchdown.

Fulton’s Sidney Jackson was the defensive MVP, recording seven tackles, one tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass breakup.

Tony Gunn also had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Falcons.

Kenton Baker and Cameron Ordway each rushed for touchdowns for Giles County (12-3) with Baker scoring on a 13-yard run and Ordway rushing for a 45-yard score.




Jeremiah Godbott and R’Tario Perkins each ran for two touchdowns as they led Henry County to a 28-27 victory over Knoxville West in the TSSAA Class 5A state championship on Friday night at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

The Patriots (15-0) survived a last-second flea-flicker attempt from the Rebels (13-2), who were in their first appearance in the championship game.

The win gives Henry County its second championship in school history.

Godbott, who was named the game’s offensive MVP, ran for 114 yards on 23 carries. Perkins ran for 105 yards on 12 carries.

West’s Nathan Cottrell also ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

West’s Tommy Pridemore was named the game’s defensive MVP, collecting 10 tackles - eight solo - and picking off a pass.

The two teams traded touchdowns back and forth through the third quarter until Perkins put Henry County up 28-21 on a one-yard touchdown run. West’s Justin Hodge scored on an eight-yard run, but Manny Ruiz’s point-after attempt sailed wide right to make the score 28-27 with 11:53 remaining.

The rest of the fourth quarter saw both teams turn the ball over as HCHS lost the ball on downs twice and lost the ball on a fumble - the last one giving the ball to West with 1:07 left in the contest.

With time about to expire, West quarterback Seth Marshall completed a 10-yard pass to Jeff Bronner, then Umar Tate was caught by a wave of defenders, turning the ball over on downs and securing the victory for the Patriots.



Memphis University School led the game for three quarters, but a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter allowed Ensworth to rally and take a 27-10 victory in the TSSAA Division II-AA title game Thursday night at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

The win gives the Tigers (11-1) their fourth straight state championship.

With MUS leading 10-0 entering the fourth quarter, Ensworth scored three touchdowns in a span of a minute and 20 seconds. With 10:01 left on the clock, Division II-AA Mr. Football Back winner D’Andre Ferby scored on a six-yard run, and Jake Estes kicked the PAT.

Ferby ended the game with 167 yards on 35 carries and was named the game’s offensive MVP.

At 9:04 remaining, Thomas Freeland intercepted Blake Bennett and returned the ball 36 yards for a touchdown. Then with 8:41 left Donovan Sheffield followed suit, picking off Bennett and returning it 32 yards for the score to make it 21-10 in favor of the Tigers.

Sheffield also scored on a six-yard run with 3:49 left in the contest.

Hunter Travis, who recorded four tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception and three pass break-ups, was named the game’s defensive MVP.

In the first half, Bennett put MUS (10-3) on the board with a one-yard rushing touchdown to end a nine-play, 80-yard drive in the first quarter.

Gary Wunderlich connected on a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter to make it a 10-0 lead in favor of the Owls heading into the intermission.




Running back Todd Kelly led Knoxville Webb to its seventh championship and fourth in the last five seasons, beating St. George’s 28-14 in the TSSAA Division II-A state championship on Thursday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

Kelly ran for three touchdowns, collecting 248 yards on 19 carries. Two of his touchdowns, on runs of 62 and 27 yards, came in the opening quarter as the Spartans (10-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

The Gryphons (9-4) answered in the second quarter as quarterback Dean Brown ran for a 3-yard touchdown, then completed a 74-yard touchdown strike to Corey Jones with 56 seconds left before halftime. Scott Mullahey caught the two-point conversion to knot the game at 14.

In the third quarter, Webb’s Matthew Melton broke the tie with a 26-yard run for a score, and Kelly scored from 8 yards out with 7:12 left to play. Webb had an interception, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

For the Gryphons, Brown ended the game with 191 yards passing on an 11-for-27 effort.