Whitwell wins TSSAA Class 1A football state title

Whitwell High School football senior standout Hudson Petty, left, holds the TSSAA Class 1A BlueCross Bowl championship trophy as Josh Wingo kisses it with Thundur Roberts in the background Saturday afternoon at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Whitwell beat Cornersville 7-6 to complete an undefeated season and win the program's first state title in its first appearance in a championship game, and Petty was named the game's MVP.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Following the same nerve-wracking script that helped them reach a state championship game for the first time in program history, the Whitwell Tigers rallied for a fourth-quarter score, then held off a desperation drive by Cornersville in a dramatic 7-6 victory in the TSSAA Class 1A BlueCross Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Tennessee Tech University.

"This is just huge, not only for our team but our school and community," said second-year coach Randall Boldin, whose Tigers finished 15-0. "I don't get nervous on the sideline during games, but I was a little worried when they drove on us late. But our guys did what they had all game and found a way to get the stop we needed.