BRISTOL, Va. - Tennessee High jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and held off Virginia High the rest of the way for a 55-26 win in the 97th meeting between the two rivals.
Junior running back Kauhuil King scored early to make it 7-0.
After a special teams miscue by the Bearcats - the snap went over punter Gray Mumpower's head - the Vikings had a short field and scored again when Jamil Daggs ran it in.
Tennessee High quarterback Peyton Henley made it 21-nothing later, finding Donald Felix open in the end zone.
Virginia High made a run later with two touchdowns from Justin Brown, a former News 5 WCYB high school football Player Of The Week. Brown's second score, a touchdown pass to Austin Miles, cut the lead to 22-13.
But the Bearcats couldn't contain Tennessee High's offense.
King added another score on a 44-yard touchdown run down the sideline. Henley later connected with Felix again and the Vikings led 48-19 at halftime.
They held on for a 55-26 victory.
"It doesn't matter what records are," Tennessee High head coach Mike Mays told News 5 WCYB after the game.
"We are going to come out and play as hard as we can. It's a big deal in this city to win this championship."
Tennessee High improves to 2-1. Virginia High falls to 1-2.
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