Records fall in USJ title game loss

Records fall in USJ title game loss
COOKEVILLE (AP) — Omar Williams rushed for four touchdowns and a TSSAA BlueCross Bowl-record 322 yards Thursday evening as St. George’s won the Division II-A championship 28-23 over University School of Jackson.
The title is the second for the Gryphons (11-3), who also won the 2007 crown.
Williams, who rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns alone in the first quarter, also collected a BlueCross Bowl-record 43 carries.
He was named the game’s offensive MVP after piling up 322 of the Gryphons’ 344 yards of offense.
Those weren’t the only records that fell.
USJ quarterback Ryan Garner threw 50 passes and completed 28 — both TSSAA records — accounting for 252 yards. He was picked off three times.
Garner’s receiver, Lee Mayhall, broke the BlueCross Bowl record for receptions with 16 catches for 166 yards and a touchdown. Mayhall was also named the game’s defensive MVP, recording 10 tackles and a pass breakup.
USJ (11-2) rushed for 107 yards, led by Adam Glassman with five carries for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Chase Rushing also had a receiving touchdown, catching a four-yard pass for a score among his five catches for 30 yards.
The Bruins had 359 yards of total offense in the loss.
Ensworth 48, Baylor 10
COOKEVILLE (AP) — Senior Rico Watson rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns as Ensworth routed Baylor 48-10 Thursday night for its second straight Division II-AA title at the TSSAA BlueCross Bowl.
The Tigers (12-1) avenged a 42-14 regular-season loss to the Red Raiders (11-2). Ensworth defeated Baylor in last year’s championship game 28-21.
Watson took over when Division II-AA Mr. Football back Corn Elder left the game midway through the first quarter due to a high ankle sprain. Elder, who had to be helped off the field, had two carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Watson, the game’s offensive MVP, had 16 carries and averaged 13.8 yards per tote.
Ensworth quarterback Andrew Bowers completed a 4-for-6 night passing for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score
Baylor quarterback Matthew Oellerich had a rough night passing, throwing two interceptions as he completed 10 of his 30 pass attempts for 98 yards.
Published in The Messenger 12.2.11

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