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Patriots Win Their Second State Championship in 3 Years
Cookeville, Tenn.- The 2013 Henry County Patriots football team braved freezing cold and rain Friday night to cap off an undefeated season with their second TSSAA 5A state championship in three years.
The Patriots defeated West High School in Knoxville in an incredibly close game by a final margin of 28 to 27.
West looked dominant early in the game, screaming out to a 14 to nothing lead in the first half and holding Henry County’s offense to one first down in the first quarter. West also forced an interception on the Patriots’ first real scoring opportunity near the end of the first half.
R'Tario Perkins breaks away on his 63 yard touchdown run (Tim Pharr photo).
Henry County finally managed to get on the board with less than a minute left in the half, capitalizing on a West fumble; they quickly tied the game up in the third quarter on another Jeremiah Godbott TD.
The game turned into a slugfest at that point – R’Tario Perkins traded 60+ yard TD runs with Knoxville West before both teams settled in some on defense.
A missed extra point proved to spell the end for Knoxville West; Rammel missed a PAT for the Patriots but Perkins made up the difference with a 2 point conversion later in the game.
West missed a potentially game-tying extra point with 11:53 remaining in the contest; that one point margin held up until the end.
Make sure to tune in to the Henry County Sports Show Monday night on 94.1 FM WLZK for comments from head coach James Counce on Friday night’s Blue Cross Bowl game.
A replay of Friday night's Blue Cross Bowl radio broadcast on WLZK 94.1 FM is available here.
Colton Randolph looks for running room, evading a Knoxville West defender (Tim Pharr photo).
More Images from the 2013 Patriots State Championship Victory
R'Tario Perkins muscles his way into the end zone for a Patriot touchdown (Tim Pharr photo).
Coach Paul Putman and several Henry County players charge the field in celebration, wearing their Blue Cross Bowl caps (Tim Pharr photo).
Henry County players and coaches hold their Blue Cross Bowl trophy aloft (Tim Pharr photo).
Jeremiah Godbott received offensive MVP honors for the State Championship game (Tim Pharr photo).
The Big Red Swarm sent an impressive contingent to Cookeville Friday night despite the rain and freezing weather (Tim Pharr photo).