Central wins first-ever state football title, defeating Henry Co., 14-9

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- After losing their first two games the Central High Bobcats have reeled off 12 straight wins and are squaring off against Henry Country from the Northwestern part of the Volunteer State.

1st Qtr-The game kicked off at 3pm. ET and after one quarter of play, Henry County leads Central 3-0. It's a sunny day, but defense and a stiff breeze in Cookeville has kept both offenses in check.

2nd Qtr.-Both defenses would continue to flex their muscles in the 2nd quarter. However, with the wind at its back, Central would drive into Henry County territory and finally convert. Flushed out of the pocket, quarterback Dekota Fawver would roll out to his right and find receiver Daunte Holliday streaking down the sideline. The 39 yard pass play gives Central a 7-3 lead at halftime of the Class-5A Championship in Cookeville.

3rd Qtr.-With the win at it's back, the Bobcats were able to put together a drive and extend it's lead over the Patriots in Cookeville. The drive was culminated by a Xavier Washington TD run. The extra point made it 14-3 Bobcats. However, two turnovers in the quarter have kept the Patriots in it. Henry County will have the ball to start the 4th quarter. Central, just one quarter away from it's first ever State Football Championship.

4th Qtr.- With the change of field, the Patriots are able to drive for a TD. 2-point conversion was failed and Central led by a score of 14-9.
The Patriots would drive again but be stopped on a 4th and 1 play at the Bobcats 21, turning the ball over to the Cats, but Central could not muster any offense and was forced to punt the ball back to Henry County. The Patriots would have one final drive to try and win the 5A Championship, they'd convert one 4th down play on the drive, but fail on the other. Central hangs on for the 14-9 win and it's first ever State Football Championship! Congratulations Bobcats on a remarkable run finishing the 2018 campaign with 13 straight wins and a 13-2 record. Congrats again to coach Bryson Rosser and company on a job well done!