West battles; falls in first-ever state title game
COOKEVILLE (WATE) - West jumped out to a 14-0 lead but couldn't hold off Henry County as the Patriots came back in the 2nd half to win the 5A state championship game 28-27 on Friday night at Tennessee Tech.
West took a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard Seth Marshall touchdown run that capped a 5-play, 62-yard opening drive for the Rebels.
West drove 49-yards on their next possession and capped it with a 17-yard touchdown run by Nathan Cottrell to make it 14-0.
West's Tommy Pridemore intercepted a Colton Randolph pass in the 2nd quarter, but the Rebels gave the ball back on a fumble by Marshall.
Henry County went 32-yards and cut the West lead to 14-7 at the half.
Henry County opened the second half with a 76-yard scoring drive to make it 14-14.
On West's next possession, Cottrell scored on a 69-yard run to give the Rebels a 21-14 lead.
On Henry County's next possession, R'tario Perkins ran 62-yards for a touchdown but the Patriots missed the PAT-- cutting West's lead to 21-20.
Henry County capitalized on their next possession-- going 48-yards in four plays-- capped by a Perkins 1-yard touchdown run to give the Patriots a 28-21 lead.
On their next possession, West's Seth Marshall hit Umar Tate on an 11-yard pass and on the next play, Justin Hodge rushed 8-yards for a touchdown to make it 28-27, Henry County. The Rebels missed the PAT.
The West defense held Henry County on 4th down twice in the fourth quarter and had the ball at their own 28-yard line with 1:08 to play.
The Rebels moved the ball to the Henry County 39-yard line but couldn't convert on a desperation 4th and 22 play with seconds left.
Cottrell rushed for 153-yards and two touchdowns for West.
The Rebels finished the season 13-2.
Henry County, the 2011 state champs, finished unbeaten (15-0).