COOKEVILLE — 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 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 rushed 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 teams traded touchdowns back and forth through the third quarter until Perkins put Henry County up 28-21 on a 1-yard touchdown run. West’s Justin Hodge scored on an 8-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. 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.
Alcoa 25, CPA 7
COOKEVILLE — Running back Jaquez Tyson rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns, and Alcoa beat Christ Presbyterian Academy for the 3A state championship at Tucker Stadium.
The victory gave Alcoa (13-2) its 13th state championship but 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 when 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 1-yard touchdown with 8:33 left in the second quarter, but Austin Wallace’s PAT was blocked. He scored from a yard out again with 37 seconds left in the half. His third TD, also a 1-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 2½ tackles for loss, was the game’s defensive MVP.
The Tornadoes held CPA (14-1) to 143 total yards, 99 rushing and 44 passing.
Union City 23, South Pittsburg 14
COOKEVILLE — Ricky Henry ran for two touchdowns and 101 yards as he led Union City over South Pittsburg in the TSSAA Class 1A championship at 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). 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 championship, won by Union City, 31-29. It is the Golden Tornadoes’ second championship.