McCallie holds off Baylor 35-28 in classic
Two of the top five teams in the state, who just so happened to be huge rivals, battled it out Friday evening at The Baylor School. The Blue Tornado have won the last three meetings with both teams coming in undefeated for only the third time in this rivalry that dates back to 1905.
McCallie took the ball right down the field after the opening kick capped by a BJ Harris touchdown run. The Red Raiders would answer with one of their own, Tennessee commit Elijah Howard would find the end zone, but the Red Raiders would miss the extra point, so McCallie still leads 7-6.
Harris and Howard would score again in the first half but it was Blue Tornado QB DeAngelo Hardy's pass to Eric Rivers late in the half that gave McCallie a 21-13 halftime lead.
Howard would score his third touchdown of the night early in the third quarter to bring Baylor within one, but they just could not stop the Blue Tornado attack. On 3rd and 27, Hardy would find Rivers for a 37-yd touchdown pass to put McCallie up eight again.
The tide seemed to turn for Baylor as Neyland Jean would find the end zone, the Red Raiders would convert a 2-pt conversion, and the ballgame is tied with 10:55 to go in the game.
McCallie, as they've done all game, went right back down the field capped by a Hardy to Harris touchdown pass to go up for good.
The Blue Tornado defense would get a stop and drain the clock and the McCallie Blue Tornado stay unbeaten, winning their fourth straight over rival Baylor, 35-28.
McCallie will have a bye week next Friday with the Red Raiders traveling to take on 2A power Tyner.