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Trent Dilfer Wins Tennessee State Title in Matchup of Former NFL QBs Turned High School Coaches

With two former NFL quarterbacks patrolling opposite sidelines, Lipscomb Academy beat Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) 27-0 for the Tennessee Division II-AA state championship.

NFL Legend Trent Dilfer, head coach for Lipscomb, avenged last season's championship loss to CPA to earn his first state title as a coach. 

Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl ring as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, took over the Lipscomb program three years ago. The year prior to his arrival, the Mustangs were 2-9.

Thursday’s game at was the second straight year that Dilfer faced CPA and coach Ingle Martin in the title game. Martin, a former QB with stints as a backup for four NFL teams, led CPA to the 2020 title by a 35-28 final score.

Both teams entered the game ranked in the High School Football America national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football. Lipscomb was ranked No. 80, and CPA was No. 112. During the regular season, Lipscomb beat CPA 38-0 on October 22.

Lipscomb Academy finishes 2021 with a 13-1 mark. The Mustangs only loss was to No. 9 and defending Division I-6A champ Oakland. CPA ends with an 11-3 record with two losses against Lipscomb and a loss to Oakland.


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