Fulton football team celebrates victories on and off the field

Fulton football team celebrates victories on and off the field

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Fulton High School won the Division 4A state championship Saturday. Fulton High School won the Division 4A state championship Saturday.
"I committed to Appalachian State like a week ago. It feels good. I think I'm making the right choice," Penny Smith said. "I committed to Appalachian State like a week ago. It feels good. I think I'm making the right choice," Penny Smith said.
One of Smith's teammates, Xavier Hawkins, also plans to go to college. After being named the MVP during the state championship game, he talked to recruiters Monday. One of Smith's teammates, Xavier Hawkins, also plans to go to college. After being named the MVP during the state championship game, he talked to recruiters Monday.
"We're heavy in the recruiting process right now, and a lot of our guys are going to have some opportunities and some choices out there," Coach Rob Black said. "We're heavy in the recruiting process right now, and a lot of our guys are going to have some opportunities and some choices out there," Coach Rob Black said.
"When you're able to have a successful athletic team, it really helps your school culture, something for folks to rally around and get excited about," Principal Rob Speas said. "When you're able to have a successful athletic team, it really helps your school culture, something for folks to rally around and get excited about," Principal Rob Speas said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville High School football team is celebrating back-to-back state titles. Fulton High School won the Division 4A state championship Saturday.

Players 6 News spoke with say what they're doing off the field is just as exciting.

Penny Smith is best known around Fulton High School for being the senior quarterback on the football team.

"Winning the state championship feels good," Smith said. Smith also strives to win in the classroom.

"I wanted to go to the next level; that's why I kept my grades up," Smith said.

That dedication on and off the field is paying off.

"I committed to Appalachian State like a week ago. It feels good. I think I'm making the right choice," Smith said.

One of Smith's teammates, Xavier Hawkins, also plans to go to college. After being named the MVP during the state championship game, he talked to recruiters Monday. He says playing for the Falcons has made him a better student.

"It helped me to work hard. School is the main focus," Hawkins said.

With back to back state titles, Fulton's head football coach Rob Black says he expects many of his players to move on to the next level.

"We've got several kids who have really worked hard in the classroom and put themselves in position to be recruited. We're heavy in the recruiting process right now, and a lot of our guys are going to have some opportunities and some choices out there," Black said.

As the Falcons celebrate their latest championship, Principal Rob Speas says there are more good things to come here.

"When you're able to have a successful athletic team, it really helps your school culture, something for folks to rally around and get excited about," Speas said.

A few other local high school football teams also took home state titles including Webb, Alcoa and Maryville.

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