Wiedmer: A flawless Eric Rivers leads McCallie to a flawless state title

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / McCallie receiver Eric Rivers (11) breaks into the open to score a touchdown during the TSSAA Division II-AAA BlueCross Bowl on Thursday night at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. Rivers accounted for three touchdowns in the Blue Tornado's 44-0 win to repeat as state champions.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - In a little less than 36 hours, Ralph Potter would coach his McCallie football team in the Blue Cross Bowl, also known as the TSSAA Division II-AAA state championship game, for the second straight year.

But on Wednesday morning, as he sat in his office, Potter was asked about his human Swiss army knife - wide receiver/running back/quarterback/defensive back Eric Rivers - electing to return to the squad for last year's state championship run after sitting out the 2018 season.

"Oh, gosh, I'm glad he did," said Potter. "He gives us a lot more energy."

Come Thursday night inside Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium, the whole Volunteer State high school football universe saw the reason for Potter's enthusiasm. Throwing for one touchdown, running for two more and lateraling to senior teammate B.J.