This time around, they went with a more methodical approach.
Some timely offensive and defensive plays allowed the Volunteer State squad to pull away late in the fourth quarter and score a solid 31-14 victory over Georgia in the 6th Annual Hardee's Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic at Ridgeland High School.
The win gave Tennessee a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.
The majority of a crowd of nearly 2,500 were seated on the Georgia side and it didn't take long for the boys from the Peach State to give their fans something to cheer about.
Follwing a Tennessee three-and-out, Georgia used a little trickery with a direct snap to Rome running back Stephen Washington that netted 37 yards on Georgia's first play from scrimmage.
Three plays later, Cass quarterback Brian Owens called his own number and went 10 yards untouched for the game's initial score. The first of two extra points by Murray County's Michael Lopez gave Team Georgia a quick 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Georgia would get the first big break of the game early in the second as Ringgold linebacker Matt Talkington recovered a fumble to set his offense up at the Tennessee 19.
But Georgia's penalty woes would begin in earnest on the ensuring drive.
Two costly 15-yard step-offs would take Georgia out of field goal range as a golden scoring opportunity was squandered.
Then on the third play of Tennessee's next possession, Boyd-Buchanan quarterback Nic Hughes found Tyner's Michael Poarch across the middle for a huge 61-yard gain.
Grace Baptist Academy quarterback Josh Blake then ran for 12 yards before Hughes came back in to find Soddy-Daisy's Donovan Barnes for a 10-yard score. Rhea County's Josh Davis booted the game-tying extra point with 3:33 left in the half.
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