MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Tyler Williamson did a little bit of
everything to lead Knoxville Catholic High School to a 28-18
victory against Mitchell in the Class 3A state football
championship on Saturday.
The Fighting Irish junior quarterback threw two touchdown
passes, ran for another and intercepted two passes at safety on a
frigid afternoon at Middle Tennessee State University.
Williamson's 1-yard touchdown sneak with 3:04 remaining was the
clincher as Catholic (15-0) won its first state football title.
Nick Branum caught a 55-yard touchdown bomb from Williamson in
the first quarter and Daniel Hood caught an 18-yard TD pass to give
the Irish a 21-12 halftime lead.
Junior running back Dorian Cozart added 100 yards rushing on 18
carries. Branum, named defensive MVP, sealed the victory with a
56-yard interception return to set up Catholic's final score.
Mitchell (9-6) was led by sophomore running back Artaves Gibson,
named offensive MVP after rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns
on 21 carries.