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Feels So Good Tornadoes claim record 19th Title

Alcoa's Cam Burden, left, and Zane Bonham celebrate the closing seconds of the Tornadoes' record 19th state championship on Friday at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The title was the Tornadoes sixth consecutive. In case you're wondering, Alcoa owns the record for consecutive championships with seven, set between 2004-2010.
Senior running back Ahmaudd Sankey can't keep it in after scoring Alcoa's opening touchdown on Friday. Gonna miss you, King.
Win or lose, when you're a senior, it stings. Here, receiver Ronald Jackson, left, and tight end Taharin Sudderth absorb their final moments as Tornadoes.
Alcoa played four quarterbacks this season. They were all good. The fourth, junior Caden Buckles, didn't see his first action this season until round three of the playoffs. Friday, young Mr. Buckles rocked an MVP performance at the Class 3A BlueCross Bowl, throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns - on 19-of-24 - and running for 62 yards. Huh.
Milan's troubles were apparent early, evidenced here by Tornado wide out Brayden Anderson coming with inches of recovering a mishandled kickoff by the Bulldogs' deep man. Anderson and Buckles would go on to unleash an unforgettable afternoon on offense.
Anderson, right, just tore it up. The Tornadoes senior finished with seven grabs for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Luscious.
Defensive end Braxton Baumann fires off the ball ...
And makes the tackle.
Defensive coordinator Brian Nix famously won't discuss statistics until the season is over. Well, coach, it's done, and, with Friday's shutout of Milan, the Tornadoes finished year with the state's No. 1-ranked scoring defense, 4.2 points per game. We think that's a record. We're checking.
Milan played the highest-ranked strength of schedule in all of Class 3A this season. Five spots back at No. 6? The Tornadoes. Just sayin'.
We're really going to miss Ahmaudd Sankey. The BPR Juke King leaves us with memories of some of his moves that will last a lifetime.
Alcoa linemen McCoy Mothershed (60) and Brenden Pecora shepherd Sankey into the end zone for the game's first score.
It was pretty nippy in Cookeville, but this young Tornado fan toughed it out.
Everybody was kung fu fighting? Nah. Anderson and a Milan defender go their separate ways after the former makes the grab.
Tornado cheerleaders Ashiya Anthony, this year's homecoming queen, and Kennedy Cox soak it in as Alcoa rolls to its sixth title in a row and 19th overall.
Alcoa's Gary Rankin poses with the hardware for the winning coach. He's got 16 of those now. SIXTEEN!
Prior to the season, when the Tornadoes were still deciding on a starter at quarterback, Alcoa trainer Peggy Bratt told us: "Keep an eye on the Buckles kid" who transferred from Catholic. We had to wait a while to see him, but, boy, was she right.
If we watch football for another 100 years, we will never, ever, understand why Tennessee didn't offer this guy a scholarship. Did no one see that Skywalker touchdown catch against Blackman in the opener but us! Oh, well.
Photo of the year contestant, especially when you consider what Mr. Buckles put down out there. Plus, it just looks cool.
Did we mention the guy threw for almost 300 yards? With no picks?
Have y'all met Lance? Tornado lineman Lance Williams, left, could one day become the school's first player to sign with Alabama. We're talking something really different here.
Wow!
Tight end Taharin Sudderth roughs up a Bulldog linebacker as Ronald Jackson races to the edge.
It's worth looking at the video from this championship package just to see where Mr. Football finalist Grey Carroll came from to make this tackle. It was like, zoom!
Sudderth and fellow linebacker Major Newman, rear, were part of a defense that limited Milan, with a Mr. Football finalist running back on its roster, to 52 yards rushing in the championship game.
Nose tackle Solomon Tyson is one of the most underrated players on any team we have ever covered. The guy can beat the snap to the quarterback!
This looks like it's really going to hurt.
Alcoa linebacker Major Newman foils a Bulldog attempt to get the passing game going.
Nowhere to run, nowhere to throw.
Head coach Gary Rankin was asked to give his surprised look for this photo. We think he got it. Well, ...