Three big interceptions in the fourth quarter rallied Ensworth to its fourth straight Division II-AA title with a 27-10 win over Memphis University School at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium Thursday night.
MUS (10-3) took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Ensworth (11-1) rallied for 27 points in the last 10:01 on the strength of its defense.
Montgomery Bell Academy is the only team to ever shut out the Tigers with a 14-0 win in 2007. For three quarters it looked like MUS might be the second team to do it.
MUS drove to the Ensworth 11 late in the third quarter, but linebacker Hunter Travis intercepted Blake Bennett’s pass over the middle at the goal line and returned it to the Tigers’ 35.
Ensworth’s D’Andre Ferby scored on a 6-yard touchdown run and narrowed the deficit to 10-7 with 10:01 left.
Moments later, safety Thomas Freeland intercepted Bennett’s pass and returned it 36 yards for a TD to give the Tigers a 14-10 lead with 9:04 left.
Donovan Sheffield’s 32-yard interception return made it 21-10 Ensworth with 8:41 left.
Sheffield’s 6-yard TD run increased the Tigers’ lead to 27-10 with 3:49 left.
Ensworth’s D’Andre Ferby rushed for 167 yards and one TD.
Bennett’s 1-yard quarterback keeper gave MUS a 7-0 lead on the game’s first possession as the Owls drove 80 yards on eight plays.
Ensworth didn’t do nearly as well, turning the ball over on downs on their first possession.
MUS tried a fake punt on its second possession, but the run fell one yard short and Ensworth got the ball at its 49-yard line.
MUS’ defense dominated the first half, holding Ensworth to 63 yards on offense.