Tyner 39, Central 21
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Central made the early statement, but Tyner got the last laugh.
The host Rams ripped off 32 unanswered points, including 18 in the deciding fourth quarter, to rally past the Purple Pounders for a 39-21 win Thursday night in District 6-AA play.
Sadik Spence caught three touchdown passes for Tyner (5-2, 3-1 in 6-AA), while Dominique Dawson threw three in the loss for Central (1-6, 0-3).
Dawson's first scoring toss, a 95-yarder to TaQuan Johnson, came after a goal-line stand and set the tone for what looked to be a Pounders' runaway. After Spence's first TD catch from Willie Stewart tied the game, Dawson hit Traviunta Trammell and Kevin McKenzie for touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second quarter for a 21-7 lead.
The Rams didn't blink.
Spence caught his second score and Kalen Hardley followed with an 11-yard run for two touchdowns in a two-minute span and a 21-all score at the half.
The deadlock remained until the fourth quarter, when Tyner exploded for three touchdowns (and three missed PAT's) to pull away.
Spence gave the Rams the lead on his third and final touchdown, a 32-yarder from Stewart, then Lamonte Solomon extended it with an interception return for a score. Courtney Heard capped the night with an 11-yard jaunt for Tyner, who will face 6-AA frontrunner East Hamilton next week.
Red Bank 36, Brainerd 15
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- In a game of quick scores, Red Bank had the quicker trigger.
The Lions scored twice in the final minute of the second quarter to cap a 30-point first half in rallying for a 36-15 win at Brainerd.
Hagan Wilkey had a monster night, throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more, and the Lions needed it after an awful start.
Red Bank fumbled the opening kickoff, and Trey Davenport quickly put the Panthers up 7-0 with a 27-yard touchdown run on the next play. Following a fourth-down stop, Sam Caffey scored from 21 yards out for a quick 15-0 Brainerd lead just minutes into the game.
Red Bank answered with Wilkey's 43-yard TD pass to Quan Springs to get on the board, then tied the game with Wilkey's scoring run and conversion capping an 83-yard drive midway through the second quarter.
Wilkey added a three-yard touchdown run with 21 seconds left in the first half to put the Lions up 23-15, then lightning struck. Ellias Barker picked off a Caffey pass on Brainerd's next play, setting up Wilkey's 19-yard TD to Chris Tucker with just seconds left in the half for a 30-15 lead at the break.
Wilkey capped the scoring with a nine-yard toss to Tucker late in the third quarter, capping a drive that actually included two other touchdown passes that were called back by penalties.
Other scores from Thursday night:
North Jackson 62, Butler 7
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