Friday, December 6 2013, 06:17 PM EST
South Pitt Loses In Championship Game
The South Pittsburg Pirates run for a 6th high school football state championship came up just short of the finish line Friday under less-than-ideal conditions in Cookeville.
JaJuan Lankford, the Mister Football class 1a winner, got things started on a good note, finding the end zone for a 7-0 South Pittsburg lead.
But as the weather conditions got worse, the Union City offense got better.
The Golden Tornadoes scored three touchdowns and led 20-7 at the half... 248 yards of offense for Union City in the first half, all on the ground... they never threw a pass.
The Pirates got a big fourth-down run from senior Kahlil Mitchell, who reversed his field, broke several tackles and found the end zone at the end of a 17 yard run to make it 20-14 in the fourth quarter.... but the Tornadoes drove into the Pirates red zone and kicked a field goal for a 23-14 lead.
The Pirates came up short on a must-have fourth-down down play and that was your ball game.
South Pittsburg has to settle for the runner-up trophy... the Pirates losing to Union City 23-14 in the class 1A state championship game.By Darrell Patterson
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