Alcoa and Friendsville’s Falcons played to a dead heat into the fourth quarter.
When it came time to decide a victor, Alcoa received a well-timed visit from Haley’s comet.
Jelyn Haley turned on the style to race to the Friendsville end zone from 60 yards for his second touchdown of the game and, with the Alcoa jet adding the conversion run, lifted his team to a 13-12 win in the American League Midget Super Bowl championship game on Saturday at Heritage High School.
Haley opened the scoring with a 73-yard burner in the first quarter, only to see the Falcons answer before halftime.
Dylan Sanders capped a Friendsville drive with a 2-yard run prior to the half to even things at 6-all after two quarters.
Sanders staked Friendsville to a 12-6 lead in the fourth with his second touchdown. Not to be outdone, Haley answered for Alcoa soon after, his conversion putting the Tornadoes over the top. Speed, moves and vision, Haley proved one to watch in coming years. Even at the midget levels, scoring runs of such distance are worthy of note. The Falcons delivered an inspiring effort in defeat.