CHATTANOOGA – Tullahoma is bringing home the gold ball.
Making its first TSSAA Class 4A BlueCross Bowl in school history, the Wildcats delivered the most dramatic finish of the weekend, beating two-time defending state champion Elizabethton in double overtime 21-14 at Finley Stadium on Saturday.
Krys Uselton picked off Bryson Rollins' pass, leaping high to grab the ball over an Elizabethton receiver. Uselton was immediately mobbed in the end zone by his teammates as they dogpiled on him to celebrate the finish.
Tullahoma, which has played football for 100 seasons, finished the year 15-0.
The turnover came after Jacob Dixon reeled in a 5-yard TD pass from Ryan Scott, the MVP of the 4A championship game.
Scott was 12-of-16 passing for 124 yard with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 88 yards on 16 carries with a TD.
Rollins was 16-of-26 passing for 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 138 yards or 35 carries with a TD.
Tullahoma had an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Elizabethton stopped Tullahoma inches from the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter. The decision to go for it on fourth goal came with Justus Chadwick, a finalist for the TSSAA's kicker of the year on the sideline.
Chadwick kicked all three PATs for the Wildcats.
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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tullahoma football wins first TSSAA Class 4A championship