Alcoa Tornadoes blank Milan 35-0 to win Class-3A state championship

Title is 6th in a row and 19th overall for the Alcoa program
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 12:27 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Alcoa Tornadoes claimed victory over the Milan Bulldogs in the Class-3A Blue Cross Bowl game Friday.

The Tornadoes have 18 state championships in 39 title game appearances. That is the most in Tennessee high school football history.

Gary Rankin’s Tornadoes would waste no time in making things happen. On the first drive of the game, the Tornadoes would convert a couple key third downs, get some nice running from quarterback Caden Buckles, but the big play was a long pass completion from buckles to Brayden Anderson. That would set up a short touchdown run by Ahmaudd Sankey as the Tornadoes take a 6-0 lead in the Class-3A state championship game against Milan. The PAT was failed.

The Tornadoes have one of the best defenses in the state, giving up just 20 tiotal points so far this post season. Well, that defense continues it’s strong play holding Milan scoreless in the first quarter. meanwhile, on its second possession, the Tordanoes get another big pass play, this time 38 yards from Buckles to Anderson!

That play would lead to another short Amhaudd Sankey TD run. Point after was good giving Alcoa a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Alcoa’s relentless attack on Milan continues. Caden Buckles hits Taharin Sudderth with a 42 yard TD pass. Buckles is now 6-6 for 144 yards and one TD. The Tornadoes lead the Bulldogs 20-0 in the second quarter at the Blue Cross Bowl Class-3A championship game in Cookeville.

Blue Cross Bowl Class-3A state championship game in Cookeville
Blue Cross Bowl Class-3A state championship game in Cookeville(Adrian Pearce)

The Tornadoes would fumble the ball on their second possession of the 2nd quarter, but immediately return the favor with an interception by Brayden Anderson inside the 5-yard line. Big afternoon so far for Alcoa’s #99! Defense would rule the rest of the half with the Tornadoes taking a 20-0 lead into the break.

The second half is underway in Cookeville. The Bulldogs would fumble the opening kickoff. It was recovered by #18 Major Newman giving Alcoa terrific field position. However, The Bulldog defense would chomp down and hold the Tornadoes scoreless.

The Bulldogs would finally start to mount a drive, but once again the Tornadoes defense would stand tall as #13, Ronald Jackson comes up with a big interception near his own 20 yard line putting an end to the Milan threat!

Brayden Anderson’s big day continues! A TD reception from Caden Buckles gives him 6-catches for 103 yards and 1TD. He’s averaging 17 yards per grab! Alcoa leads Milan 27-0 heading to the 4th quarter in Cookeville!

For good measure, the Tornadoes would add one final touchdown in the 4th quarter on a 31 yard Cam Burden Td run. Tornadoes convert on the two point play to make it 35-0.

That would be your final as the Tornadoes win their 6th straight championship and 19th overall, tops in Tennessee, for the Alcoa program. The win was also the 453rd career for Gary Rankin, the winningest coach in Tennessee High School football history! Congratulations to coach Rankin and the Tornadoes who close out another amazing season with a 14-1 record and yet another gold ball!

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