COOKEVILLE — Xavier Hawkins had four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, leading Fulton to its second straight TSSAA Class 4A championship with a 54-14 rout of Giles County on Saturday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
It was the fifth state football championship for the Falcons (15-0).
Fulton scored 862 points for the season, 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 a little more than a minute later.
Hawkins, who was named offensive MVP, closed 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 TD 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.
The Falcons’ Tony Gunn also had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Kenton Baker and Cameron Ordway each ran for touchdowns for Giles County (12-3) with Baker scoring on a 13-yard run and Ordway rushing for a 45-yard score.
Trousdale County 21, Adamsville 12
COOKEVILLE — Kenyan Harper rushed for 177 yards to lead Trousdale County over Adamsville in the 2A championship at 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 Trousdale County (14-0) a 7-6 lead, then later ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Adamsville’s Zak Neary was named the game’s defensive MVP after collecting eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
The win gave the Yellow Jackets their ninth state championship and first since 2009.
It was the second consecutive championship game loss for Adamsville (11-3).
Cardinals quarterback Seth Paul threw for 141 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice. Neary ran for 84 yards and a touchdown.