T’Roderick Daniels rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, including a back-breaking 57-yard dash in the third quarter to lead Bassfield to a 60-35 victory over Calhoun City Friday afternoon in the MHSAA Class 2A state championship game at Davis Wade Stadium.
The victory was the Yellowjackets’ third consecutive state title, and fourth in six seasons under coach Lance Mancuso.
Bassfield (14-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter on touchdown runs of 9 yards by Rashaud Green and 1 yard by Timothy Arnold, before Calhoun City (14-1) rallied.
The Wildcats narrowed Bassfield’s margin to one touchdown on three occasions, but each time the Yellowjackets responded with touchdown drives.
After Chakel Gates’ 5-yard touchdown run and conversion run made it 28-21, Daniels swept around right end, burst into the clear down the sideline and outran the pursuit for a score.
Ron Thompson added his second touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Bassfield an insurmountable lead, and the Yellowjackets added three more scores in the final period.
Bassfield finished with 472 yards on the ground, and 541 overall. Jamal Peters added 109 yards on just six carries for the Yellowjackets.
Gates finished with 107 yards on 17 attempts for Calhoun City, which lost to Bassfield for the second consecutive season in the state finals.