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Gryphons win state championship

Ben Glass tip toes down the sideline for extra yards after being hit. He finished last week’s championship game with 69 rushing yards. Photo by Kevin Lewter
Ben Glass tip toes down the sideline for extra yards after being hit. He finished last week’s championship game with 69 rushing yards. Photo by Kevin Lewter

Ben Glass tip toes down the sideline for extra yards after being hit. He finished last week’s championship game with 69 rushing yards. Photo by Kevin Lewter

St. George’s Ben Glass and Chase Hayden did what they’ve done all season last week in the TSSAA Div. 2-A championship game.
The two junior offensive standouts put up gaudy numbers to lead the Gryphons past Northpoint Christian 50-20 on Dec. 3 in Cookville.
Hayden rushed for 267 yards and a touchdown while averaging more than 10 yards a carry.
Not to be outdone, Glass threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for another 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Glass tied the state single-game touchdown record in the process.
The Gryphons struck first on a 15-yard touchdown run courtesy of, who else, Glass.
Northpoint answered with a 64-yard run from Christian Saulsberry. The senior running back finished the game with 167 yards.
Hayden scored next on a 65-yard run. However, the extra-point kick was no good.
The Trojans would score once more before St. George’s took complete control of the game in the second and third quarters, scoring 37 unanswered points.
Corey Jones led all Gryphon receivers with 169 yards on only five catches. He also had two touchdowns.
St. George’s finished its championship season with a 13-1 record. The lone loss came in September to Lausanne Collegiate. Northpoint was previously unbeaten.
The Gryphons have won three state championships since 2011.

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