Meigs County entered their 2A semifinal matchup with Trousdale County with an undefeated 13-0 record. The Tigers won every game by at least two touchdowns during the process of running roughshod through Region 2-2A. However, there aren’t too many stadiums more difficult to visit than the Creek Bank in Trousdale County. A trip to Cookeville and the 2A title game hung in the balance on a rainy night in Hartsville.
Trousdale County came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. The Yellowjackets found the endzone first on a 32 yard touchdown reception by Tarvaris Claiborne after the tight end was lost in coverage on a fly route. Trousdale County’s defense stepped up and forced a Meigs County punt on the next possession before Keyvont Baines burst to the outside for the Yellowjackets and rushed 49 yards to the endzone to extend the lead to 14-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Meigs County struck back early in the 2nd quarter when 2A Mr. Football finalist Aaron Swafford powered into the endzone from his quarterback position after long catches by Jackson Fritts and Austin Judd moved the ball to the Trousdale County 5 yard line. The lead was briefly cut to seven but Trousdale County scored again less than two minutes later when Baines broke free again for a 21 yard touchdown down the home sideline. The PAT was missed though and left the score at 20-7 Trousdale County with 8:12 left in the 2nd quarter. The Tigers came right back on their next possession and finished a long drive with another Swafford rushing touchdown. Trousdale County drove down to the Meigs 6 yard line just before halftime but were stopped on a 4th down attempt as the half expired. The Yellowjackets led at the break 20-14.
The Tigers were kicking off to start the 2nd half but recovered an onside kick to steal a possession away from Trousdale County. Swafford made the Yellowjackets pay again with another QB power rushing touchdown to give Meigs County their first lead of the night at 21-20. Meigs County had all the momentum on their side and the Tiger defense stopped Trousdale County on their next possession. Meigs seemed ready to take over the game but an interception and return by Yellowjacket Jay’dnn Hayward set Trousdale County up at the Meigs County 5 yard line. Baines cashed in on his third rushing score of the game to put the Yellowjackets back up 26-21 after a failed two point conversion attempt.
Rain had been falling on and off for most of the game but really started to come down hard in the 4th quarter. Meigs County attempted to make a comeback through the air but Hayward intercepted another Swafford pass and returned this one 40 yards for a Trousdale County touchdown to put the Yellowjackets up 32-21 halfway through the 4th quarter. The Tigers still had fight in them and scored on an amazing individual effort play by WR Caleb Hyde. Hyde caught a deep pass over the middle and then broke through four Yellowjacket arm tackles on the way to a 75 yard touchdown reception. Swafford scored on the two point conversion attempt and the Tigers were back to within three points only trailing 29-32. Meigs County had recovered two onside kick attempts earlier in the game but couldn’t convert a third and Trousdale County took over. The Yellowjackets were able to run the clock out after converting on a 4th and short and Trousdale County advanced to Cookeville with the 32-29 victory. Trousdale County will now play Peabody High School in the 2A championship game next Thursday. Peabody defeated Waverly 35-21 in their semifinal matchup.