Williamsburg, Ky (WVLT) - The game came down to the final play, a Hail Mary that fell incomplete, leaving Tennessee with a 24-20 win over Kentucky in the 5th Annual National Guard Border Bowl.
The win was aided by several Knoxville area players beginning on the opening drive. Jake Minga of Grace Christian led all receivers with 6 catches for 115 yards, including a 56 yard reception on the first drive of the game. That led to the games first touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Pigeon Forge's Chase Travis. Travis was best as a punter, pinning 5 punts inside the 20 including a 57 yarder, leaving Kentucky on the 3 yard line.
Jerimia Gregg of Morristown West hauled in the game winning 32-yard touchdown catch with :50 seconds to play, putting Tennessee on top 24-20 to stay.
Jarod Henderson of Austin-East proved nearly unblockable from the Defensive End position, leading Tennessee with 7 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Henderson was named Defensive MVP.
The win improves Tennessee to 4-1 in Border Bowl games.