...the Tornadoes cruised to their fifth-consecutive Class 2A state championship — a ring for the thumb so to speak — with a 28-14 win over previously-unbeaten Milan (14-1).

“I’ll tell you what I’m amazed at, and it’s how our kids have showed up every year to play in this game,” said Nix, the defensive architect for the duration of the Tornadoes’ five-year rule and a certain future head coach. “There’s a lot of pressure. These are high school kids, and sometimes people lose sight of that. And they show up every year to play. They come out confident, just get after it.

Congratulations to all the young people at Alcoa High School for their hard work to achieve this goal!

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