MURFREESBORO (WVLT) - For the first time in TSSAA history, a high school football team can hold four fingers into the air.
The Alcoa Tornadoes became the first team in Tennessee history to win four consecutive state championships, romping to a dominant 35-3 win over Goodpasture to claim the 2A state championship Friday at Middle Tennessee State University. The state title was Alcoa's ninth.
Quarterback Randall Cobb led the Tornadoes, posting 127 rushing yards and three first-quarter touchdowns -- two runs, one pass -- en route to offensive MVP honors.
"It feels amazing," Cobb said just before hoisting the title trophy. "I was playing for all those people sitting in the stands and all the people on the sidelines cheering for us. This game means so much to me right now."
The win gave head coach Gary Rankin another state title to add to his long list. Rankin collected his second gold ball in two years at Alcoa, after establishing a dynasty at 5A Murfreesboro Riverdale.
"I think this is the most satisfying victory I've ever had," Rankin said. People doubted us early in the year and we had a little adversity, but our kids played so hard and believed in everything we were doing. I'm just so proud of...all the Alcoa people."
The Tornadoes stormed Goodpasture early and often, driving the length of the field on their first drive, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Cobb to Tyler Robinson. Two Cobb runs put Alcoa ahead 21-0 before the first quarter whistle even sounded, and the rout was on.
Two more Knoxville-area teams are looking for state championships Saturday. 3A Fulton takes on David Lipscomb at 1pm Eastern time, and 4A Maryville aims for its eighth title in 10 years when it faces Maplewood at 4:30pm.