COOKEVILLE – Friendship Christian School had Jajuan Foutch and Donelson Christian Academy didn’t.
That’s pretty much the gist of what happened in Saturday’s Division II-A BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior proved the difference, rushing for 292 and four touchdowns on 25 carries in leading FCS to a 34-10 win – the program’s first state title since 2012 and third overall.
Sophomore running back Justin Seagraves added 18 carries for 125 yards. FCS linebacker Taylor Carman was the game's defensive MVP with 15 tackles, a sack and tackle for loss.
But, obviously, Foutch was the game’s offensive MVP.
His 87-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first half put the Commanders (13-0) ahead 21-3 and left no doubt that FCS had the talent advantage, as he left a few hopeful pursuers far behind in his currents.
Foutch also had scoring runs of 5 and 2 runs in the first half, and the Commanders outgained DCA in total yardage 219-95 before the break. FCS threw just one pass Saturday.
DCA (9-4) opened the second half with an 11-play, 73-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 9-yard scoring run from Jamison Greenway. The possession siphoned 6:11 off the third-quarter clock.
But FCS answered right back with 9:02 to play. After a key run of 37 yards by Foutch during the nine-play, 88-yard drive, the Commanders got a 1-yard TD run by Braden Reece to bump the lead back to 18 points, 28-10.
Foutch added the a 22-yard run with 1:27 remaining. His senior season looked like this: 145 carries for 1,669 yards and 27 touchdowns.