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Tyner falls short of state championship in double overtime loss

Much like their season, the Rams fought to the final second. (Image: WTVC)

The Tyner Rams were banking on consecutive win number 13.

It would mean a state championship.

But the Union City Golden Tornadoes also had a game plan.

Run the football. Every time. That's right, they never threw the ball. Trey Jones rushed 44 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and he left the game after an injury. He returned and continued grinding out yardage and game clock.

Union City quarterback Braxton Waddell puts Union City up 14-0 with an 11 yard keeper.

Tyner answered in the second quarter. Jeremy Elston broke free and raced 33 yards to the end zone.

The extra point was blocked to make it 14-6 Union City.

The score stayed there until the final 14 seconds of the game. Tyner quarterback Jaylen Bowens hit Jeremiah Batiste with a 33-yd touchdown to the front corner of the end zone.

The two connected again on Bowens' sensational throw to tie it up at 14. Rams coach Wayne Turner said, "J.B. does a great job of running the offense. If you get it anywhere close to Jeremiah, he’s going to pull it in.”

In overtime, Jones strikes again to make it 21-14.

Tyner answered on its possession.

Bowens to Elston in the corner of the end zone.

The dramatic game moves to its second overtime where a crushing play happens against the Rams: Bowens is picked off in the end zone.

On Union City’s 1st play, Waddell scores, the 2A state championship to the Golden Tornadoes.

Much like their season, the Rams fought to the final second. Sophomore Batiste said there's only one thing to do, "Come back harder. Next year, come back stronger. I just told everybody we gotta come back harder."

Senior defensive lineman Tracey Justice said the emotions were tough, “I don’t even know, it’s just so hard. I love playing with these guys. It was just exciting to play with them."

Coach Turner will not forget this fine group of young men who played as hard as they could, “I’m just going to tell them that I’m extremely proud of them and it’s one of the best teams I’ve ever been associated with.”

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