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Fulton beats Giles Co. 54-14, wins second straight title

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 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.

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