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Rankin achieves milestone as defense delivers statistical stunner

Alcoa coach Gary Rankin lets a Gatorade shower soak in as he reflects on an historic 36-year career that reach 400 wins Friday night. Photos by Cindy Nowlin

By Conner McCarty
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The game ball and a Gatorade shower — classic.

Alcoa’s Gary Rankin received both on Friday night as the Tornadoes defended their home turf in a 52-0 rout of Pigeon Forge.

The win was No. 400 for Rankin, adding another milestone to a TSSAA Hall of Fame career.

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