Reeltown’s next drive would stall and Tanner would wind up taking a shot at the endzone that fell incomplete and the teams went to the half 21-7.
In a matchup between two top-3 teams, the third quarter saw the squads going at it back and forth.
Reeltown was driving with Tywone Stewart out of the wildcat formation, but the Rattler defense made another big play when Maclin picked off Spivey and put an end to a drive that was in Rattler territory.
But the Reeltown defense held strong and forced a punt before the Rebel offense stalled mainly off of a controversial intentional grounding call.
The ensuing drive for Tanner was the back-breaker. Tanner went 71 yards on 11 plays and scored off of an 8 yard touchdown pass from Fletcher to Stephens that took the score to 28-7.
Tywone Stewart answered back three plays later with a 46-yard touchdown run with 7:45 remaining to take the score to 28-14.
Stephens answered back for the Rattlers with another touchdown run from 10 yards out with under two minutes remaining to essentially ice the game at 35-14.
Tywone Stewart led the Rebels on the ground with two touchdowns, but was held to a minimum of yards by the stout Tanner defense.
Tanner will play Washington County in the Class 2A State Championship at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.