No. 31 Alcoa captures 4th straight Tennessee high school football championship

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Alcoa’s trophy cases picked-up more hardware Saturday. The Tornadoes won their fourth straight high school football state championship with a 21-14 victory over Covington in the Class 3A title game, which gives the school a state-record 17 overall football championships..

This one came down to the end with the teams tied at 14-14 with five minutes to play. That’s when Alcoa quarterback Walker Russell, the Tennessee Titans Class 3A Mr. Football, scored on a 1-yard run with 16 seconds to play. The score capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive that lasted four minutes and 45 seconds.

The game marked the 500th overall in Gary Rankins coaching career. It was also his 14th overall state championship, which includes four at Riverdale High. Rankins’ all-time record now stands at 425-75, which makes him the state’s all-time winningest football coach.

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Alcoa entered the game ranked No. 31 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings and No. 1 in our statewide rankings.

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