McCallie fends off Ensworth comeback to punch ticket to Cookeville
For the second straight season the McCallie Blue Tornado found themselves one win away from the state championship game. Ensworth, the only region team to beat them this season, stood in their way at Spears Stadium.
McCallie won the toss, took the ball, and went on a methodical drive. Six minutes and 55 seconds it lasted and it was capped by a DeAngelo Hardy one yard score on 4th and Goal to give the Blue Tornado an early 7-0 lead.
It wasn't until the second quarter the Blue Tornado would strike again, this time it was the defense. Eric Rivers picked off Gerard Bullock and went straight to the house.
Hardy would find the end zone just before the half to give McCallie a 21-0 lead at the break and looking like they would cruise into the state title game. Ensworth had other plans in the second half.
The Tigers would return a fumble for a touchdown, Bullock would add two more touchdown passes, and just like that it was 21-21 in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Tornado would put together another methodical drive, Gavin Cagle would find the end zone with less than two minutes to go, but it was plenty of time for Ensworth.
Bullock throws his third touchdown pass of the half to Isaiah Horton and instead of kicking the PAT, the Tigers went for the lead. They try a reverse, halfback pass, but the Blue Tornado defense was not fooled. Rivers picks it off in the end zone.
Hardy would ice the game with his third touchdown of the night and McCallie is heading to the state championship game for the first time in 13 years with a 35-27 win.
They'll take on Montgomery Bell Academy on Thursday, December 5th at 8 p.m. (ET) at Tennessee Tech. The Blue Tornado are looking for their first state title, and second ever in football, since 2001.