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Tornadoes claim record 17th title

Tornado quarterback Walker Russell (1) is congratulated by center Andrew Wyatt after Russell’s winning touchdown run with 16 seconds remaining on Saturday. Photo by Jolanda Jansma

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

Cookeville — There was one punt.

That’s how you do a classic, and top-ranked Alcoa and second-ranked Covington staged that and then some in the Class 3A BlueCross Bowl on Saturday at Tennessee Tech.

Alcoa senior and Tennessee Titans Mr. Football winner Walker Russell capped a dream season with the go-ahead touchdown from a yard away with 16 seconds remaining. Adonis Salter sacked Chargers quarterback Brock Lomax on the game’s final snap on the ensuing series.

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