COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Cooper Hardin ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns, including a 20-yarder with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter that helped Farragut cap an incredible comeback as the Admirals defeated Independence 45-35 in the Tennessee Class 5A championship game.
The Admirals (14-1) – who won their first title – trailed 35-7 with 2:49 left in the second quarter after the Eagles’ Brandon Hines scored on an 8-yard run.
However, Braden Collins reeled in a 12-yard touchdown on the last play of the half, and then caught a 74-yard score on the first play of the third quarter to put Farragut back in business.
Jacob Warren’s 10-yard catch on the first play of the fourth tied the game at 35 following Hardin’s conversion run, and Joe Doyle’s 42-yard field goal gave Farragut its first lead with 8:30 remaining.
Farragut’s Jack Devault picked off two passes and was named defensive MVP.
Hines passed for 327 yards and two scores for Independence (14-1), but was also picked off six times.
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