BRISTOL, Tenn. - Tennessee High fell behind 21-7 in the first half to Sullivan South, but mounted a second-half comeback to beat the Rebels 35-28 in the first game on the new field at The Stone Castle.
Sullivan South quarterback Dylan Wieger led the Rebels scoring early, running for a touchdown and passing for another to sprint out to a 14-0 lead.
New Tennessee High quarterback Christian Gibson led the Vikings first score, connecting with Jacob Jasper with a perfect touch pass that set up his own quarterback keeper to cut the lead to 14-7.
The Rebels took a 21-7 lead into halftime. But the second half belonged to the home team playing on their brand new field turf.
Tennessee went ahead 35-28 and then used a crucial fourth down conversion run from Gibson to run out the clock.
"Coach pretty much told us you're better than these guys," Tennessee High's Kauhlil King told News 5 WCYB.
"He gave us the confidence to do it and we came out and won the game."
Tennessee High improves to 2-0 and Sullivan South falls to 1-1.
"We've been looking for a breakthrough victory for a couple of years now and I think we got it tonight," Tennessee High head coach Mike Mains told News 5 WCYB.