Alcoa couldn’t overcome a Christ Presbyterian Academy team bent on avenging its loss in last year’s 3A state championship.
Jaquez Tyson finished with 142 rushing yards on 27 carries, but the Lions’ defense held the rest of the Tornadoes’ to only 63 more and CPA capped off an undefeated season with a 7-0 win over Alcoa.
The lone score in the game occurred on CPA’s opening drive. Jay Hockaday finished off a 10 play, 83-yard drive with a three-yard
plunge into the end zone. He finished with 124 yards on 27 carries.
From there yardage came at the premium for both teams, with the Alcoa offense going through Tyson; and Hockaday and Zack Weatherly receiving most of the reps for CPA. Alcoa started sophomore quarterback Jaylen Myers in place of Mitchell McClurg, who was out with an injury, and couldn’t get momentum going in the passing game.
Leading by one score at the half. Alcoa came out with new life out of the break, and handed it off to Tyson seven consecutive times for 47 yards on its opening possession, only to turn the ball over on downs on a fourth and three. It was that kind of a day for the CPA defense, which pitched three shutouts in its five playoff games.
After a scoreless third period, Alcoa received the ball at its own 42-yard line to start the fourth with only 1:38 left on the clock. Tyson converted a third down with a six yard rush to the CPA 43-yard line, then Myers competed a pass to Cameron Woody, his only catch of the day for a 12-yard gain with 20 seconds left. After an incomplete pass, with the clock still running and no timeouts available, Alcoa attempted to spike the ball for a last ditch effort to the end zone, but it was already fourth down.
CPA finished the game without a single passing yard on only two attempts. It was the first time Alcoa was held scoreless in a game since 2003, in which Maryville defeated the Tornadoes 23-0.
Alcoa’s Jonathan Decker was named the defensive MVP of the game. He finished with five solo tackles, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.