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5A: Vigor 50, Russellville 30
Highlights: Vigor (15-0) blew this one open in the last 21 minutes, scoring four-straight touchdowns and holding Russellville (13-2) to minus-11 yards rushing. No fewer than 11 title-game records (Class 5A or overall) were set, as Vigor had 606 yards in total offense and 480 rushing.
Player of the game: Kendall Houston, Vigor: 26 carries 180 yards, three touchdowns (1, 7, 3).
Outstanding underclassman: Junior quarterback Joseph Howe, Vigor -- 19-of-46 passing for 335 yards, one interception, three touchdowns (20, 8, 75).
4A: UMS-Wright 41, Cherokee County 7
Highlights: The Bulldogs (13-2) led from the start as they rolled up 489 yards in total offense and shut down quarterback Coty Blanchard of Cherokee County (14-1) with just 54 yards rushing and 77 passing.
Player of the game: William Reaves, UMS Wright -- the 5-foot-9 receiver caught eight passes for 181 yards and a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Outstanding underclassman: Sophomore running back Chris Dukes, UMS-Wright -- 27 carries, 164 yards, two touchdowns (26, 5); junior quarterback Bragg Foshee, UMS-Wright -- 12-of-14, 232 yards, one touchdown (36).
3A: Leeds 38, Cordova 21
Highlights: The state's stingiest scoring defense, Leeds, met its most prolific running back in Cordova's Tim Simon with more than 2,900 yards on the season and 8,300 on his career. While Simon earned 180 yards on 21 carries, the rest of the Blue Devils (12-3) managed just 110 yards in offense. Leeds (15-0) rambled for 377 yards on the ground and finished the game by allowing just 66 points on the season.
Player of the game: Junior quarterback Rush Perkins -- 17 carries, 149 yards, three touchdowns (11, 23, 21).
Outstanding underclassman: Sophomore running back Dedrick Forsythe, Leeds -- 18 carries, 121 yards, one touchdown (43).
2A: Leroy 41, Sulligent 8
Highlights: Leroy quarterback Clint Moseley finished his third-straight title game with his third-straight MVP award. While the game was close at halftime at 14-8, Sulligent (13-2) suffered a major setback when safety/wide receiver Steven Stewart was knocked out of the game and quarterback/defensive back Caleb Massey was hobbled with a foot injury. Leroy (15-0) took advantage with four fourth quarter touchdowns.
Player of the game: Leroy senior quarterback Clint Moseley -- 15-of-27 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns (18, 25)
Outstanding underclassman: Leroy sophomore running back Justin Besteda, Super Six record run of 98 yards for touchdown.
1A: Sweet Water 42, Speake 0
Highlights: Sweet Water (14-1) won its third-straight title by outgaining the Bobcats (12-3), 411-91. Senior Dez Polk had 84 of those yards with 68 rushing and two catches for 16 yards.
Player of the game: Sweet Water junior running back Johnny Lockett -- 17 carries, 171 yards, two touchdowns rushing (17, 45), one receving (36).
Outstanding underclassman: Sweet Water junior running back Jeremy Landrum -- three carries 118 yards, one touchdown (55).
Alabama recap by Paul Beaudry.
Large school: Service (Anchorage) 22, Juneau-Douglas 14
Highlights: The Cougars (8-3) rallied from a 14-point deficit when senior Neil Miyaoka caught a 28-yard TD pass midway through the final period for a 15-14 lead.
Small school: Soldotna 28, Kodiak 6
Highlights: The Stars (10-0) won their third straight state title while extending their win streak to a record-tying 28 games.
Alaska recap by Chris Lawlor.
5A-I: Chandler Hamilton 17, Phoenix Brophy Prep 10
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Highlights: Hamilton scored the first 17 points of the game, including Ryan Milus' 96-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Hamilton, which won its fourth state title since 2003, had a fourth-quarter defensive stand to hold off the defending state champions.
Player of the game: Hamilton senior cornerback Ryan Milus. The Arizona recruit had an interception late in the first half to end Brophy's first true threat and then started the third quarter with a 96-yard kick return.
Outstanding underclassman: Brophy junior running back Max Leonesio. He finished with 94 yards on 25 carries, and the team's only score on a spectacular, twisting and tackle-breaking 10-yarder.
5A-II: Peoria Centennial 20, Avondale Westview 7
Highlights: Centennial scored twice in the final 1 minute and 24 seconds before halftime to erase Westview's 7-0 lead and shifted momentum. Centennial became the first 5A school to win three straight titles in state history and won its 26th straight game.
Player of the game: Centennial senior running back/defensive back John Hughes. He caught a 29-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 remaining before the half to tie the game. Hughes had 20 rushes for 164 yards, including an 80-yard score on the second possession of the third quarter to essentially end the game.
Outstanding underclassman: Centennial junior quarterback Dain McFarland. The transfer from Glendale Mountain Ridge threw two first-half touchdown passes, and was 8 of 16 for 112 yards with an interception.
4A-1: Scottsdale Saguaro 38, Scottsdale Chaparral 0
Highlights: Saguaro thumped and frustrated its hated city and region rival from the start to win its 4A-state record 33rd straight game and third consecutive championship.
Player of the game: Saguaro senior wide receiver Erik Brown. The Texas native, who moved to Arizona in August, finished with 199 yards rushing on eight carries, mostly from direct snaps in the shotgun formation, and two touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: Chaparral junior running back Cole Tyree. He finished with 11 carries for 55 yards rushing after the team's top running back was ejected.
4A-II: Scottsdale Notre Dame 30, Tucson Santa Rita 26
Highlights: Notre Dame ran the ball at will, including the opening drive of the second half that ate more than 6 minutes off the clock, to keep the ball away from Santa Rita's explosive offense. Notre Dame, in just its fifth year of existence, won its second consecutive title and has won 23 straight.
Player of the game: Notre Dame senior running back Andrew Stutz. He had 34 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: Tucson Santa Rita wide receiver Greg Jones. He finished with 5 catches for 120 yards, including a 26-yarder with 19 seconds left to make it a one-score game. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder added three rushes for 35 yards.
3A: Payson 34, Lakeside Blue Ridge 33 (2 OT)
Highlights: After trailing 20-0 at halftime, top-seeded sent it into overtime at 20-20. In the second OT, Payson's quarterback Ridge Halenar scored to tie the game at 33 and junior Josh Frewin made the extra point for the win.
Player of the game: Payson senior Ridge Halenar. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more, including the game winner, for a total of 212 yards.
Outstanding underclassman: Payson junior running back Brandon Alexander. He finished with 75 yards rushing on 14 attempts and two catches for 9 yards, including the 5-yarder that sent the game into overtime with 49 seconds remaining in regulation.
2A: St. Johns 42, Phoenix Christian 17
Highlights: St. Johns won its second consecutive title in overwhelming fashion, leading 35-3 at halftime. The program overcame a town tragedy in the days leading up to the championship game and has won 25 straight.
Player of the game: St. Johns senior running back Shad Bride. He finished his amazing career with 160 yards on the ground and one score to give him 2,570 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: St. Johns junior quarterback Steve Lindsey. He scored four touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 passing) and finished 10 of 17 passing for 137 yards and added 55 yards on the ground.
1A : Heber Mogollon 66, Pima 34
Highlights: Mogollon knocked off top-seeded Pima and avenged its only loss of the season, a 22-14 setback, for its third 8-man football state title, and first since 2003.
Player of the game: Mogollon sophomore quarterback J.T. Maner. He accounted for eight touchdowns as he rushed for 179 yards with five scores and threw three more.
Outstanding underclassman: Maner was the story of the game, having a hand in nearly every score.
7A: Bentonville 32, Fort Smith Southside 20
Highlights: Bentonville's Barry Lunney Sr. became only the fourth coach in the modern playoff era (since 1968) to lead two different schools to a state championship. Lunney won four state championships at Fort Smith Southside (1991, 1992, 1997, 2002). Bentonville (12-1) led 19-0 at halftime and put the game away on a 6-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Erik Ragsdale with 7:18 to play. The Rebels, who were beaten 14-7 by the Tigers (10-3) earlier in the season, had closed within 19-13 a minute earlier.
Player of the game: Senior Erik Ragsdale, TB/LB, Bentonville, ran 11 times for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns (90, 6 and 8 yards) and returned an interception 26 yards.
State titles for Bentonville: 2001, 2008
6A: Lake Hamilton 42, El Dorado 28
Highlights: Lake Hamilton scored on three consecutive first-half possessions to lead 28-14 at halftime and held off its 6A-South rival. The Wolves (10-3) outgained the Wildcats, 443-418. Senior wide receiver Josh Proffit had touchdown receptions of 26 and 18 yards from senior quarterback Phillip Butterfield in the first half. Lake Hamilton had beaten El Dorado 38-21 earlier in the season. The Wildcats finished 11-3.
Player of the game: Senior Phillip Butterfield, QB/S, Lake Hamilton, ran 15 times for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns, completed 8 of 16 passes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns and intercepted a pass with 1:30 remaining to clinch the victory.
State titles for Lake Hamilton: 1992, 2008
5A: Pulaski Academy 35, Helena-West Helena Central 32
Highlights: Senior quarterback Spencer Keith became the state's single-season passing leader to lead Pulaski Academy (13-1) to its second state championship in five years. The Bruins led 35-12 at halftime, but had to convert two fourth downs in the final four minutes to secure the victory. Their 35 first-half points allowed them to become only the fourth Arkansas team to reach 700 in a season. Pulaski Academy closed the season with 13 consecutive victories after losing 46-29 at Helena-West Helena Central (12-1-1) on Sept. 5.
Player of the game: Senior Spencer Keith, QB, Pulaski Academy, ran 15 times for 87 yards and 1 touchdown and completed 20 of 41 passes for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. Keith finished the season with 5,308 yards passing, breaking the previous record held of 5,272 yards, set in 2001 by Thomas Thrash of Pulaski Academy.
State titles for Pulaski Academy: 2003, 2008
4A: Shiloh Christian 42, Pine Bluff Dollarway 18
Highlights: Shiloh Christian rolled up 453 total yards -- 243 rushing and 210 passing -- in pulling away from Dollarway in the second half. The Saints (13-1) led 28-18 after three quarters before scoring on a 15-yard run by junior running back Chris Bryant and a 39-yard pass from sophomore quarterback David Matthews to sophomore wide receiver Zann Jones in the fourth quarter. Shiloh Christian closed with 13 consecutive victories to claim its fifth state championship in the last decade. Dollarway ended at 10-4.
Player of the game: Sophomore Kiehl Frazier, QB, Shiloh Christian, ran 18 times for 77 yards and 1 touchdown (3 yards) and completed 11 of 16 passes for 113 yards and 1 touchdown (25 yards).
State titles for Shiloh Christian: 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2008
3A: Charleston 47, Fountain Lake 20
Highlights: Fountain Lake needed 49 points set a single-season state record for scoring, but tradition-rich Charleston had the offensive power with 544 total yards. The Tigers (14-0), who have made 21 consecutive playoff appearances, led 28-7 at halftime, the last score coming on a 31-yard fumble return by junior Kolby Holmes with 1:38 left in the second quarter. Fountain Lake (13-1) finished the season with 725 points, second only to Junction City, which scored 753 points in 15 games in 2003.
Player of the game: Senior Jordan Shelby, QB, Charleston, completed 8 of 13 passes for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns (68 and 65 yards) and ran for 2 touchdowns (48 and2 yards).
State titles for Charleston: 2005, 2008
2A: Junction City 10, Des Arc 8
Highlights: Senior Darius Dixon kicked a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game for the victory. The Dragons (13-0) moved 46 yards in 10 plays in the final 2:22 for the game-winning points. The drive included a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback J.D. Carter to junior halfback Alan Turner on third-and-17 from midfield. Junction City allowed only 36 yards rushing and had 11 tackles for loss. Des Arc ended at 13-1.
Player of the game: Junior Byran "Big Baby" Jones, OT/DT, Junction City, had 5.5 tackles for 8 yards in losses.
State titles for Junction City: 2003, 2008
Arkansas recap by Robert Yates.
Open Division: Grant 25, Long Beach Poly 20
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Outstanding underclassman: Viliami Moala (Grant). Other than one run, the Long Beach Poly ground game was stuffed all night long by the Pacers and one of the primary reasons for that was the dominating play of this 6-2, 305-pound sophomore. Moala already looks comparable to former Grant lineman star Christian Tupou (now at USC) and he still has two more years to go. He has to be one of the top sophomore nose guards in the nation.
Div. I: Centennial 21, De La Salle 16
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Outstanding underclassman: Charles Wynn (De La Salle) This one was very hard because there weren't many underclassmen who produced much in this game. De La Salle does have some top linemen who will be strong next year and Wynn, a 6-1, 210-pound sophomore, is certainly one of those. He was second on the Spartans in tackles with nine, including one for a loss.
Div. II: Cathedral Catholic 37, St. Mary's 34
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Outstanding underclassman: Louie Lechich (St. Mary's) The 6-3, 185-pound junior set a state bowl game record with 15 catches for 157 yards and two TDs in the Rams' 37-34 loss to Cathedral Catholic. With Lechich and fellow junior Joshua Harper (who ran one route in the game but didn't return due to an ankle injury), there's not going to be many teams in the state next year with a receiving tandem like that.
Div. III: St. Bonaventure 28, Cardinal Newman 6
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Outstanding underclassman: Cody Kurz (St. Bonaventure) Displayed dominating qualities as a defensive end. The 6-2, 225-pound sophomore had 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four tackles in all. He could end up being as highly-recruited as former St. Bonnie TE-DE Blaine Irby (now at Texas).
Small Schools: St. Margaret's 59, Hamilton Union 7
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Outstanding underclassman: John Murayama (St. Margaret's) A mighty mite of the highest order at 5-3 and 135 pounds, Murayama tallied four touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries. He's a junior and played significant minutes for the Tartans as a sophomore.
California recap by Ronnie Flores.
4A: Wheat Ridge 35, Greeley West 31
Highlights: The Class 4A game ended in thrilling fashion with a fairy tale play made by the best player in the state in the classification. Wheat Ridge running back Parker Orms, who will play college ball at Colorado, took a handoff on a draw play on fourth-and-two with 19 seconds remaining and scampere d 56 yards to the end zone for the winning score. It was the fifth touchdown of the day for Orms, who also plays safety. Orms racked up more than 400 all-purpose yards in the game, including rushing for 275 yards on 38 carries. He finished his season with more than 2,800 yards on the ground.
3A: Glenwood 23, Ft. Morgan 14
Highlights: One of the most impressive players in Colorado played at the Class 3A level this season and led his team to its first state championship in 28 years. Quarterback Dakota Stonehouse threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the championship game to cap an undefeated season at 14-0. Running back Michael Hudson also rushed for 117 yards on 15 carries.
2A: Olathe 22, Erie 21 (OT)
Highlights: Good fortune plays a part in any championship season and it showed up late for Olathe when an extra-point attempt in overtime from Erie hit the upright. Olathe answered with a touchdown of its own and place-kicker Sergio Salazar, the only freshman on the roster, made the Class 2A state-title clinching extra point. Senior running back David Rhodes led Olathe to 12 fourth-quarter points and finished his day with 223 yards on 22 carries, an impressive 10.1 yards per carry.
A: Akron 37, Wray 8
Highlights: Executing the single-wing offense nearly flawlessly, Akron piled up 386 rushing yards to complete another undefeated season and win the Colorado Class 1A state title in the smallest 11-man classification. Senior Dalton Jefferson ran for 272 yards on 31 carries in the 39th consecutive victory for the Rams. Jefferson also scored two touchdowns.
Colorado recap by Kyle Ringo.
LL: Glastonbury 28, Cheshire 14
Highlights: Jordan Brown rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns as Glastonbury capped a 13-0 season with a 28-14 victory over Cheshire in the state final.
L: Masuk 56, Newington 13
Highlights: Alex Trump scored on a pair of touchdown runs and Bobby Baker threw three touchdown passes as Masuk built a 50-7 lead en route to a 56-13 victory over Newington.
MM: New Canaan 26, Darien 7
Highlights: Nate Quinn completed 17 of 32 passes for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards as a score as New Canaan finished a erfect season with a 26-7 victory over Darian. The only thing slowing New Canaan's bid for state overall No. 1 was a broken down bus, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of the state final.
M: Brookfield 16, Ledyard 14
Highlights: Nick Cacace, after missing a potential game-tying extra point, redeemed himself with a game-winning 29-yard field goal in the closing minutes as Brookfield edged defending champ Ledyard 16-14.
SS: New London 27, Seymour 18
Highlights: Richie Vitale rushed for 303 yards and a pair of touchdowns as New London defeated Seymour 27-18. The victory gave coach Jack Cochran his eighth state title, but first at New London. His previous coaching stops including title-winning seasons at Bloomfield and New Britain.
S: Cromwell 14, Ansonia 12
Highlights: Cromwell shook its perennial runner-up label, rallying from a 12-0 deficit to defeat two-time defeanding champ Ansonia 14-12. Cromwell was making its fifth state final appearance in six years and lost all four previous contests. Cromwell quarterback Bobby Jordan rushed for 122 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
Connecticut recap by Sheldon Shealer.
2: Milford 20, Laurel 0
Highlights: Brandon LeGrand rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns as Milford defeated Laurel 20-0 in the state final for the prgroam¹s first title.
1: Casear Rodney 26, Sussex Central 13
Highlights: John Sclesky rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another and Malcolm Wowk rushed for 164 yards in Caesar Rodney¹s 26-13 victory over Sussex Central. The victory marked the school¹s first state title since 1990 and helped the Riders (11-1) avenge its only loss of the season. Wowk scored a pair of touchdowns, one rushing, the other on a pass reception from Sclesky.
Delaware recap by Sheldon Shealer.
6A: Seminole (Sanford) 28, Miami Northwestern 21 / Watch
Highlights: Seminole overcame a 21-point deficit and upset two-time defending state champion Miami Northwestern. The Seminoles battled back after trailing 21-0 in the first quarter, scoring 28 unanswered points, including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ray Ray Armstrong to Andre Debose with 33 seconds remaining in the final quarter.
Player of the game: Andre Debose scored two touchdowns on the ground and the game-winning 40-yard catch. Debose was the leading receiver with 51 yards on two receptions, and he was second in rushing behind Armstrong with 76 yards on 18 carries.
4A: Plant (Tampa) 34, Lincoln (Tallahassee) 14 / Watch
Highlights: Lincoln quarterback Ryan White was sacked six times and threw three interceptions as Plant routed Lincoln, 34-14. Plant QB Aaron Murray completed 18-of-30 passes for 344 yards and threw three touchdowns -- including a game-best 72-yard pass to Orson Charles in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead.
Player of the game: Aaron Murray. Nine weeks after breaking his leg, Murray broke a Hillsboro County career TD passing record previously held by current South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia. His 83rd TD pass to Charles came in the final quarter.
3A: Cocoa 7, Godby (Tallahassee) 6, OT / Watch
Highlights: Turnovers were the name of the game. Godby QB A.J. Graham threw four interceptions -- three by Cocoa safety E.J. Johnson -- and the Cougars lost two of their five fumbles, but the defense held firm in what turned out to be a scoreless four quarters. In overtime, Godby scored first with a 10-yard touchdown catch by Willie Downs, but Billy Mueller's point-after attempt was blocked. Anthony Wilson scored a 5-yard touchdown run to set up Cody Bell's game-winning extra point for Cocoa.
Player of the Game: Cody Bell missed all four of his field goal attempts in regulation (34, 27, 31 and 42 yards) but the sophomore made the most important kick: a game-winning PAT.
2A: The Bolles School 49, Gulliver Preparatory 20
2B: Pahokee 21, Trinity Catholic 17
1A: N. Florida Christian 17, Fort Meade 7
1B: Jupiter Christian 49, Warner Christian 14
Florida recap by Peter Burke.
5A: Camden County 21, Peachtree Ridge 14
Highlights: Ronnie Smith ran 94 yards to give Peachtree Ridge a 14-7 third-quarter lead with the second-longest run in Georgia state championship game history, but it didn't last long. Moments later, Camden County (15-0) tied the score when Christian Milstead and DeAngelo Smith hooked up on an 85-yard throw, catch and score. Camden County, which also won the state title in 2003, completed its third come-from-behind in five playoff games on Darrell Williams' 1-yard scoring run late in the third quarter. Nobody is going to break the state record for longest scoring run. Parkview's Sean Dawkins went 99 yards in 2000.
4A: Tucker 14, Marist 3
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3A: Cairo 28, Flowery Branch 14
Highlights: Cairo scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break a 14-all tie and push the Syrupmakers past Flowery Branch 28-14 for the Class AAA title. Quarterback Angelo Pease threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Wilcox, and running back Reginald Bryant scored from the 3 later in the period as the Syrupmakers made it a little easier to forget their 16-13 loss to Carver-Columbus in last year's title game. Pease passed for 97 yards and a scored, and rushed for 93 and two scores as Cairo (14-0) picked up 208 of its 253 rushing yards in the second half. Flowery Branch finished 12-3.
2A: Buford 45, Calhoun 21
Highlights: Buford tied legendary Valdosta's mark with its 125 wins in a decade, and the Wolves became the third team in Georgia history to win at least five state titles in a decade as they were were scarcely challenged in a 45-21 win over Calhoun (12-3). Little running back Cody Getz, who is 5-7, 150 pounds, rushed 23 times for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Buford (15-0) rolled. The Wolves are 125-6 since 2000, and has one more year to blow away Valdosta's record of 125-10 in the 1980s. Buford is 7-0 all-time in games played in the Georgia Dome.
Highlights: Somebody finally found a way to slow down Emanuel County Institute running back Washaun Ealey, sort of, as Wesleyan won its first state title with quite a back of its own. Sophomore Kyle Karempelis scored three touchdowns, accounted for 189 all-purpose yards and blocked a punt for the Wolves (13-2). Quarterback Conor Welton completed 12 of 15 passes for 134 yards and two scores as Wesleyan dethroned ECI (14-1) and Ealey, the state's all-time leading scorer. He rushed for three scores, but in finishing with 90 rushing yards, he was held to less than half his playoff average. Ealey finished with 46 touchdowns this season, and 138 in his career.
Georgia recap by Matt Winkeljohn.
I: Punahou (Honolulu) 38, Leilehua 7
Highlights: Yes, it's been a great year for Punahou. Following a championship-laden 2007-08 school year in which the school won 16 state titles in various sports, the fall of 2008 was highlighted by the football team cruising to the school's first-ever state title. Punahou (12-1) has won the bulk of its state titles over the years in so-called country club sports, but football has been more difficult. This year, that changed with All-American linebacker Manti Te'o leading the way. In the title game against the defending state champion Mules, the Buffanblu rolled behind quarterback Cayman Shutter. He clicked on 24 of 41 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score.
II: Iolani (Honolulu) 35, Radford 20
Highlights: The irony of Punahou winning in Division I is that the school's arch-rival won it in Division II. Placed into Division II instead of Division I, the Raiders (11-3) won their second straight title and third in four years. Kellan Imada pounded out 119 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored twice to lead the way.
Hawaii recap by Mark Tennis.
5A: Highland (Pocatello) 28, Eagle 7
4A: Hillcrest 55, Jerome 35
3A: Salmon 37, Fruitland 26
2A: Parma 29, Declo 28 (OT)
1A D1: Prairie 32, Oakley 22
1A D2: Carey 46, Kootenai 12
Highlights: The story of the playoffs in Idaho was Hillcrest, which was actually winless last season and after the first game this year had a 23-game losing streak. The team didn't lose again and won its 11th in a row by winning the school's first state title. Devin Droghei paced the win with 24 carries for 275 yards and four touchdowns while teammate Jordan Speirs also went over 200 yards with 25 carries for 217 and two scores. In the Highland win, Stanford-bound QB Tayson Hill was sensational with 17 carries for 114 yards and two TDs and he also completed 14 of 19 passes for 188 yards and two other scores. Highland's only two losses in a 10-2 season were to out-of-state opponents.
8A: Maine South 41, Hinsdale Central 21
Highlights: With the game tied at 7, Maine South scored 21 unanswered points, the last of them on a 78-yard fumble return by senior CB Joey Orlando halfway through the third quarter. Maine South also stopped Hinsdale Central drives on its 13 and 4 yard lines in the first half.
Player of the game: Hinsdale Central junior QB John Whitelaw -- 139 rushing yards and a TD on 16 carries; 262 yards, 2 TDs and an interception on 17-of-29 passing.
Outstanding underclassman: Maine South junior Matt Perez -- 119 yards and three TDs on 18 carries.
7A: East St. Louis Senior 33, Geneva 14
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Highlights: Versatility. Five ESL players scored TDs.
Player of the game: ESL senior Terry Hawthorne -- 123 all-purpose yards, a receiving TD, a 41-yard punting average with two of his five punts downed inside the 20, and an interception.
Outstanding underclassman: ESL junior QB Detchauz Wray -- 10-for-20 passing for 198 yards, no interceptions and four TDs.
6A: Sacred Heart Griffin 37, Lemont 15 / Watch
Highlights: SHG nabbed three interceptions, two of which led to 10 points on drives of 35 and 5 yards during a run of 16 unanswered points that gave them a 23-9 lead halfway through the third quarter.
Player of the game: Senior RB Gary Wilson -- 122 yards rushing and three TDs on 19 carries.
5A: St. Francis 49, Metamora 35
Highlights: Tied at 21, St. Francis scored 21 unanswered points to lead 42-21 with under four minutes to play.
Player of the game: Senior RB-DB Mark Kachmer -- 124 yards and three TDs on 12 carries, kick return of 39 yards, five tackles.
Outstanding underclassman: Metamora soph QB Michael Fay -- 130 yards and two TDs rushing, 9 for 13, 93 yards and two TDs passing.
4A: Bloomington Central Catholic 37, Aurora Christian 28
Highlights: Up 27-21, BCC stops AC on the 12-yard line, then drives for a field goal and a 30-21 lead mid-fourth quarter. Bad ACC tackling offsets record-setting passing performance by IHSA record-holding QB Jordan Roberts (has 32 more career TD than second-place QB).
Player of the game: Senior QB Adam Rebholz -- 80 yards and two TDs on 15 carries; 319 yards and two TDs on 16-of-21 passing.
Highlights: Up 27-21, BCC stops AC on the 12-yard line, then drives for a field goal and a 30-21 lead mid-fourth quarter. Bad ACC tackling offsets record-setting passing performance by IHSA record-holding QB Jordan Roberts (has 32 more career TD than second-place QB). Aurora Christian junior WR Matt Morse -- seven catches, 93 yards, two TDs.
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3A: Illini West 21, DuQuoin 14 / Watch
Hightlights: With 25 seconds left, Illini West completes a come-from-behind win with an 18-yard TD pass from Mike Lafferty to Jake Schmudlach. Illini West scored 14 fourth-quarter points after trailing 14-7 at the end of three quarters.
Player of the game: Senior RB Stefan Flynn -- 225 all-purpose yards and two TDs (213 rushing, 12 receiving).
Outstanding underclassman: DuQuoin junior WR/DB -- one TD receiving, one interception returned 42 yards.
2A: Immaculate Conception 36, Casey-Westfield 17
Highlights: Scored 30 straight points after Casey-Westfield led 3-0. Allowed 265 yards passing, but no passing TD.
Player of the game: Senior RB/DB Paul Hornstra -- 138 yards and 2 TD rushing, 42 return yards, led team with eight tackles.
Outstanding underclassman: Junior RB Carlos Rodriguez -- 80 yards and a TD on 11 carries.
1A: Triopia 42, Stark County 7 / Watch
Highlights: Scored game's first 42 points with 410 yards and 5 TDs rushing.
Player of Game: Senior RB David Arendt -- 19 carries, 159 yards, two TDs.
Outstanding underclassman: Soph RB/DB Brad Dinsmore -- 62 yards and a TD rushing, a 61-yard INT return for a touchdown.
Illinois recaps by Joe Bush.
5A: Center Grove 36, Carmel 33
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4A: Indpls. Cathedral 10, FW Bishop Dwenger 7
Highlights: Indianapolis Cathedral won its second championship in three years and seventh overall with a dominating performance on defense, limiting Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger to 179 yards in a 10-7 victory. Cathedral (12-2) managed just 131 yards itself, but turned a turnover into points early in the third quarter. After an interception by Kevin Foley, Cathedral drove 28 yards in six plays, going ahead 10-7 when Nick Najem scored on a 10-yard run. Bishop Dwenger (14-1) drained almost nine minutes off the clock with an 18-play, fourth quarter drive. The drive stalled at the Cathedral 24 and Emerson Ueber's 41-yard field goal was blocked by Allen Richardson with 3:16 to play. It was the fifth state championship in 14 seasons for Cathedral under coach Rick Streiff, who rejoined the program this season for his second stint.
3A: Bellmont 28, Evansville Memorial 14
Highlights: Surprising Bellmont (14-1) captured the school's first football championship with a 28-14 win over Evansville Memorial. Running back Nick Hall ran for three touchdowns and caught another as the Braves led from the outset. Before this season, Bellmont had never advanced past the state's sectional round.
2A: Heritage Christian 17, Cass 14
Highlights: Heritage Christian, which started as a varsity program in 2002, won its first championship with a 17-14 victory over Cass. Jackson Kirtley completed 18 of 27 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns for Heritage Christian (14-1). The Eagles had lost in the championship the previous season.
A: Ind. Cardinal Ritter 34, Sheridan 27
Highlights: Sheridan's three-year run as champions ended with a 34-27 loss to Cardinal Ritter in the title game. Ritter (15-0) recovered a fumble at its own 25 with 5:12 remaining. Raiders quarterback Ross Hendrickson marched his team down the field, then scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds remaining. Ritter's Tyrone Walker, the state's leading receiver, set Class A championship game records with 11 receptions for 183 yards. Hendrickson was 27-for-47 for 423 yards.
Indiana recap by Kyle Neddenriep.
4A: Valley (West Des Moines) 27, Cedar Falls 8
3A: Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) 35, Decorah 10
2A: Solon 60, Central Lyon/George Little Rock 14
1A: Emmetsburg 3, West Lyon 0
A: Southern Cal (Lake City) 22, North Tama 21 (OT)
Highlights: After he rushed for 241 yards on 32 carries with four TDs and also had a 100-yard interception return for a score, Heelan's Brandon Wegher was named the ESPN RISE National Player of the Week. In the 2A game, Solon broke a state record by scoring 60 points in a state final, while the 3-0 win by Emmetsburg also set a record as the lowest scoring by two teams. Matt Wellik's 34-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the first half accounted for the only points in that game. In the top division, Valley completed a near wire-to-wire run atop the state polls and rolled to the title behind Zach Cutkomp's 25-carry, 146-yard, one-TD outing.
6A: Junction City 19, Free State (Lawrence) 14
Highlights: It's the first state title for Junction City since it won a Class 4A crown in 1969. The win also capped a 13-0 season record. An 18-yard touchdown pass from Ty Zimmerman to Connor Gallentine early in the fourth quarter gave Junction City the lead. Later in the quarter, the Blue Jays then wrapped up their title with a 16-play drive that ate up the rest of the time on the clock.
5A: Hutchinson 38, St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park) 0
Highlights: After winning four straight Class 6A titles and then having to drop down to Class 5A this year, you might expect that the Salthawks would roll to another crown and that's what they did. This year's team, though, did not finish unbeaten like last year with a loss early on to Rockhurst of Kansas City, Mo., that broke a 36-game win streak. Hutch also dropped an in-state game, 30-27, to Derby and since Derby had a loss to 6A champ Junction City this also wouldn't be a year in which the Salthawks would be considered No. 1 overall for the state. Next year, though, they may be back to that level. Hutch was led against St. Thomas Aquinas by junior running back Josh Smith, who had 39 carries for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Smith ended with 34 TDs for the season and nearly 2,000 yards. Another junior, Deveon Dinwiddie, piled up more than 1,300 yards rushing.
Kansas recap by Mark Tennis.
4A: Hayden (Topeka) 42, Lecompton (Perry) 21
Highlights: Blake Rothschild picked off three passes while Raymond Gregg and Brian Rethman both rushed for more than 100 yards as the Wildcats won their second state title this decade. The first came in 2004.
3A: Conway Springs 22, Silver Lake 14
Highlights: In a matchup of teams that won state titles previously in 2006 for Silver Lake and 2004 for Conway Springs, it was the Cardinals who emerged with the win and ended Silver Lake's hopes for an unbeaten season. Conway Springs ended at 12-2.
2A-1A: Smith Center 49, Olpe 18
Highlights: It was another convincing win for Smith Center, which captured its fifth straight state title and pushed its winning streak to 67 games. Smith Center also broke the previous state record for longest win streak, which had been held at 66 games by Pittsburg Colgan. If Smith Center can win its first six games next year, it would move up into the top five on the all-time national win streak list.
8-Man Div. I: Macksville 24, Hanover 20
Highlights: This was a matchup between two teams that both were 12-0 coming into the contest.
8-Man Div. II: Wallace County 48, South Haven 0
Highlights: This also was a meeting of two 12-0 squads, but wasn't as close as the Div. I game.
A: Fort Mitchell Beechwood 14, Hazard 7
Highlights: Beechwood built a 14-0 lead and overcame four turnovers to repeat as Class A state champions at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Matt Rigdon scored on a short touchdown run and passed to Nieco Tiepel on fourth-and-goal from the three on the final play of the first half for the Tigers. Beechwood held Hazard to 43 yards rushing and 142 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Nieco Tiepel (6-2, 210, Sr.), Beechwood, RB-LB -- 25 carries 128 yards; two receptions, 13 yards, 1 TD; two tackles on defense.
Outstanding underclassman: Matt Rigdon (6-2, 175, Jr.), Beechwood, QB – Rigdon completed 7 of 11 passes for 50 yards and one touchdown and ran 14 times for 75 yards and one score.
2A: Fort Campbell 26, Newport Central Catholic 23
Highlights: Quarterback Antonio Andrews accounted for four touchdowns, including the game-winner on a halfback throwback pass to Andrews for a 59-yard TD pass with 1:44 left. JD Ervin, who caught an 81-yard TD pass from Andrews, threw the winning TD. Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner said the Falcons have "a handful" of players whose parents are deployed with the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. NewCath was flagged 17 times in the game, including 11 false-start penalties.
Player of the game: Antonio Andrews (6-0, 175, Sr.), Fort Campbell, QB -- Andrews completed 11 of 19 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, ran 17 times for 138 yards and one score and caught a 59-yard TD pass.
Outstanding underclassman: Andrews was the best but also Tre Powell (5-11, 165, So.), a Fort Campbell defensive back/wide receiver. Powell led the Falcons with 10 tackles and he had an interception.
3A: Louisville Central 40, Jackson Breathitt County 19
Highlights: Central won its second consecutive title, using its speed to help score 21 second-quarter points and gain control of the contest. The Yellowjackets averaged 7.3 yards a play -- 453 total yards. Chance Hughes, Stephan Robinson and Tim Patterson all scored second-quarter TDs for the Yellowjackets.
Player of the game: Chance Hughes (5-10, 140, Sr.), Central, RB -- Hughes ran 21 times for 169 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. He amassed over 500 yards of total offense in the final three games of the season for the Yellowjackets.
Outstanding underclassmen: Tim Patterson (6-5, 225, Jr.), Central, LB -- Patterson is considered the top Division I junior prospect in the state and scored on a 1-yard run while also collecting 6.5 tackles and a fumble recovery; Channing Fugate (6-2, 225, Jr.), Breathitt County, RB -- Fugate ran for 133 yards and one score and became only the fifth player in state history to surpass the 3,000-yard rushing mark for one season, finishing with 3,052 yards and 37 touchdowns.
4A: Pineville Bell County 15, Mount Washington Bullitt East 13
Highlights: Bell County broke a tie with a safety and then added a touchdown in the waning minutes, but still had to stop a two-point conversion with 10 seconds left to collect coach Dudley Hilton's third state title. Keith Lowe recorded the safety and John Dudley Hilton caught a TD pass with 3:40 left to make it 15-7. Hilton then picked off a pass with just under three minutes left, but Bullitt East held on down and had one final shot. Matthew Bowles hit Zack McCarthy on a 33-yard pass to the 1-yard-line with just under a minute left. McCarthy dove in on fourth-down with 10 seconds left, but he couldn't haul in Bowles' two-point conversion to force overtime.
Player of the game: John Dudley Hilton (5-11, 220, So.), Bell County, LB-TE: The coaches' son finished with two catches for 21 yards, including a 9-yard TD catch, had 11tackles including a sack, and had one interception.
Outstanding underclassmen: Hilton (see above); Keith Lowe (6-2, 190, Jr.), Bell County, DE: Lowe had six tackles, including a tackle for a loss that resulted in a safety and the two points that made the final margin.
5A: Fort Thomas Highlands 35, Hopkinsville Christian County 15
Highlights: Highlands took the lead with six seconds left in the first half and then scored three second-half touchdowns to seal the school's 18th state title. The Bluebirds repeated as 5A state champions with quarterback Tony Guidugli throwing for a TD and running for another score, while Clint Crawford ran for two scores. The Bluebirds finished with 262 yards rushing and held Christian County to 73 yards, sacking quarterback James Bauer four times for 35 yards.
Player of the game: Josh Conner (6-0, 207, Sr.), Highlands, RB: After missing most of the season with a broken leg, Conner ran 16 times for 114 yards and one touchdown. He played defense for the first time all season, recording six tackles and a fumble recover.
Outstanding underclassman: Austin Collinsworth (6-4, 185, Jr.), Highlands, WR/DB: The son of former Cincinnati Bengals WR Cris Collinsworth only caught one but it was for 47 yards and came on the go-ahead drive. He also ran one time for 10 yards, had four tackles and forced Christian County to kick away from him on kickoffs and punts.
6A: Louisville Trinity 48, Independence Simon Kenton 0 / Watch
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Highlights: The Shamrocks rolled to a state record 19th title, including four in a row and seven out of the past eight years in the state's largest classification. Trinity coach Bob Beatty has won seven titles and been in the title game eight times in his nine seasons, amassing a playoff record of 40-2. Running back Tim Phillips ran for three scores and caught a TD pass from Cameron Smyth, who threw three TD strikes. Ohio State University commitment Jordan Whiting led the Shamrocks' defense with 6.5 tackles. Simon Kenton's Miles Simpson had run for 2,237 yards and 37 TDs this season, but was held to 72 yards on 16 carries. Trinity outgained the Pioneers 423-150 and the state's running clock was used for much of the second half because of the 45-point mercy rule.
Players of the game: Cameron Smyth (5-11, 175, Sr.), Trinity, QB: Smyth was a perfect 12-for-12 passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns and he also ran for a TD; Tim Phillips (5-5, 165, Sr.), Trinity, RB: A Central Michigan commitment, Phillips ran 11 times for 131 yards and three TDs and caught two passes for 16 yards and a score.
Outstanding underclassmen: Darick Nix (5-10, 165, So.), Trinity, WR: The speedy sophomore only had one catch but it was an 81-yard TD reception on a play where he outran the defenders by 20 yards before the ball was delivered.
Kentucky recap by Jody Demling.
5A: Destrehan 14, West Monroe 3
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4A: Belle Chasse 28, Archbishop Shaw 7
Highlights: No. 12 Belle Chase, the lowest seeded team out of all five classifications in state title games this weekend, pulled off a win in a rematch from a district game during the regular season in which Shaw won 28-27. The Eagles have appeared in the last three state title games only to leave as runners-up. Belle Chasse only had a 14-7 lead at the half before quarterback Blake Matherne provided the cushion the Cardinals needed to seal the win.
Player of the game: Senior quarterback Blake Matherne totaled 276 offensive yards out of the 301 the team put up. He rushed for 166 yards on 29 carries for two touchdowns, and threw for 112 yards. He had one touchdown pass on 19 completions out of 25 attempts.
Outstanding underclassman: Shaw junior linebacker Sean Connors led the game in tackles with 14 -- doubling top tacklers for Belle Chasse. He also had one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.
3A: Lutcher 17, Notre Dame 0
Highlights: The Lutcher Bulldogs knocked off No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the finals denying the Pioneers any chance of finding the endzone. The Lutcher defense held Notre Dame to just five first downs and 75 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Lutcher junior quarterback Gavin Webster threw for 243 yards (17-26-0) for two touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: Lutcher sophomore receiver Jarvis Landry was Webster's top target with eight receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown.
2A: John Curtis, 35, Evangel 14
Highlights: The Patriots of John Curtis wrapped up their fifth straight state title and 23rd overall with a win that never seemed close after a blocked punt in the third series of the game. After both teams held each other to four and out, John Curtis junior strong safety Jordan Hanberry forced the fumble on the punt return by Evangel junior Virgil Williams to give the Patriots a short field. John Curtis scored on three plays to set up its first score of the game. By halftime, the defending champions had set up a 21-0 cushion and kept a possible threat by Evangel out of reach the entire second half.
Player of the game: Sr. RB Kenny Cain, John Curtis, 15 carries for 78 yards, 3 TD, averaged 5.2 yards a carry to receive Most Outstanding Player honors. John Curtis senior LB Matt Stansbury led the game in tackles with 11. Despite finding the endzone just twice in the finals, Evangel quarterback Dez Duron passed for 212 yards (21-36-2) for one touchdown.
Outstanding underclassman: Evangel sophomore defensive end Jumauria Rasco (6-4, 230) earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the Eagles with 10 total tackles and one for a loss. Junior inside linebacker Deonte' Thompson also totaled 10 tackles in the game -- eight solo. Evangel freshman wide receiver led in receptions with five catches for 50 yards. John Curtis sophomore nose guard had a total of five tackles -- all for losses -- and led the game with two sacks for a loss of 25 yards.
1A: South Plaquemines 62, Christian Life 16
Highlights: The Hurricanes broke a Louisiana High School Prep Classic record with 62 points on their way to their second straight state title. South Plaquemines offense totaled 576 yards in the massacre. Meanwhile the Hurricane defense held Christian Life running back Shane Andrus to just 36 yards. The senior came in ranking among the state's leading rushers with 2,805 yards coming into the title game.
Player of the game: Senior South Plaquemines quarterback Ridge Turner threw for 201 yards on just 12 completions out of 17 attempts for two scores. He also turned in 181 rushing yards for two touchdowns. He carried the ball 15 times to average 12.1 yards a carry.
Outstanding underclassman: South Plaquemines sophomore receiver Bradley Sylve had six receptions for 113 yards and rushed for 67 yards on nine carries for two touchdowns.
Louisiana recap by Tabby Soignier.
A: Bonny Eagle Scots 26, Skowhegan Indians 6
Highlights: Bonny Eagle QB Nate Doehler ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and the Scots' defense limited 2,100-yard Indians rusher Billy Clark to 66 yards on the ground as Bonny Eagle won going away. It was the Scots' (10-2) second straight Class A title and fourth in five years.
Player of the game: Doehler. In addition to his two touchdowns, he also intercepted two balls on defense.
B: Mountain Valley Falcons 52, Morse Shipbuilders 7
Highlights: A swarming Mountain Valley defense completely shut down the Morse offense, allowing them just 60 total yards and only two first downs on the day. Justin Staires and Nicholas Taylor each scored a touchdown off a kick return, propelling the Falcons to their third state title in five years and capping an undefeated (12-0) season.
Player of the game: Staires. The senior rushed for 229 yards and scored four touchdowns, including his 85-yard kick return in the first quarter.
C: John Bapst Memorial Crusaders 21, Winthrop Ramblers 14
Highlights: Fullback Chase Huckestein's 8-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter broke a 14-14 tie and gave John Bapst (11-1) its first Maine football championship since 1976. Crusaders QB Derek Smith -- a former receiver -- tossed two touchdown passes to help knock off previously unbeaten Winthrop.
Player of the game: John Bapst RB Bill Wetherbee. His 149 rushing yards were a game-high, and his second-quarter touchdown reception on fourth-and-9 from the Winthrop 25 gave the Crusaders a 14-7 lead and momentum going into the half.
Maine recap by Chris Preston.
MIAA A: Loyola
MIAA B: St. Mary's-AA
MIAA C: St. John's Catholic Prep
4A: Sherwood 21, Linganore 3
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Highlights: Sherwood's defense held Linganore to its worst offensive performance of the year as the Warriors defeated the Lancers 21-3 to win the Maryland Class 4A football state championship at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Before this game, Linganore's lowest point total of the season came in a 17-13 win over MVAL rival Thomas Johnson. The Lancers' offense averaged more than 38 points per game this season. Sherwood was held to its second-lowest point total of the season, but the 21 points were more than enough to make head coach Al Thomas the second eight-time coaching state champion in Maryland history. Sherwood finishes 14-0 for the first time in school history. Linganore ends 13-1.
3A: Westlake 13, Wilde Lake 0
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Highlights: Westlake's Devon Smith broke an 88-yard punt return and Antoine Reese rushed for 132 yards and a game-sealing touchdown as Westlake defeated Wilde Lake 13-0 in the Maryland Class 3A championship at M&T Banks Stadium. Westlake ended what could have been a fairy tale ending for Wilde Lake's head coach Doug DuVall, who is stepping down as the program's head coach after 36 years. Both teams finished 12-2.
2A: River Hill 31, Eastern Tech 6
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Highlights: River Hill's talented senior trio of Malek Redd, Leron Eaddy and Michael Campanaro each scored touchdowns in their final game as the Hawks defeated Eastern Tech 31-6 to win their second straight Maryland Class 2A championship. The win caps River Hill's second straight 14-0 season, giving them a state best 28 game-winning streak. Eastern Tech finishes 13-1 for the second straight year, both times losing to River Hill in the 2A final.
1A: Dunbar 20, Fort Hill 19
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Highlights: Jonathan Perry, who had thrown 12 straight incomplete passes before the game's final drive, put together a 90-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:56 capped by a two-point conversion run by the state's all-time leading rusher Tavon Austin as Dunbar avoided a major upset with a 20-19 victory over Fort Hill at M&T Banks Stadium. Fort Hill recovered from a 12-0 first-quarter deficit to build a 19-12 lead before its final drive stalled inside the Dunbar 20 in the closing two minutes. Perry's final two pass attempts were completions to All-State receiver Sean Farr, the first for 20 yards, then a scoring pass of 14 yards. Austin, who had 191 yards in the game and just shy of 8,000 for his career, barely crossed the goal line for the winning conversion. Dunbar, winners of three straight state titles, finishes the season at 13-1. Fort Hill ends at 11-2.
Maryland recap by Sheldon Shealer.
Division 1: B.C. High 13, Brockton 7
Highlights: Tyler Horan rushed for 139 yards, caught a pair of passes for 44 yards and scored both touchdowns as Boston College High defeated Brockton 13-7.
Division 1A: Dracut 27, Marshfield 0
Highlights: Matt Grimard rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one as Dracut defeated Marshfield 27-0. Grimard finished the year with 54 combined rushing and passing touchdowns.
Division 2: Walpole 41, Mansfield 21
Highlights: Ryan Izzo scored the final three of his Boston-area best 38 touchdowns and converted five extra points in Walpole's 41-21 victory over Mansfield to cap a 13-0 season. Izzo, a junior, ended the season with 278 points (38 touchdowns, two field goals, 46 extra points).
Division 2A: Duxbury 46, Gloucester 26
Highlights: Sean Cross threw four touchdown passes and Duxbury used a 21-poit fourth quarter to put away Gloucester 46-26 in the final.
Duxbury finished 13-0.
Division 3: Arlington Catholic 32, Norton 20
Highlights: Ricky Douglas scored two of Arlington Catholic's four unanswered touchdowns in the second and third quarters as Arlington Catholic defeated Norton 32-20.
Division 3A: Amesbury 40, Martha's Vineyard 19
Highlights: Martha's Vineyard turned the ball over on its first three possessions and Amesbury turned them into 21 points en route to a 40-19 victory. Senior quarterback Jared Flannigan rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 56 yards and two scores.
Division 4: Manchester-Essex 36, Tri-County 6
Highlights: Pat Orlando completed 9 of 13 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns as Manchester Essex ran away with a 36-6 victory over Tri-County.
Division 1: Longmeadow 35, Fitchburg 21
Highlights: Alex Scyocurka capped a storybook career by rushing for 230 yards and scoring two touchdowns as Longmeadow won its fourth straight title with a 35-21 victory over Fitchburg. Scyocurka ended his season with 2,651 rushing yards and 4,838 for his career.
Division 1A: Holy Name 20, Westfield 7
Highlights: Santino Simone scored on a pair of quarterback runs as Holy Name stunned Westfield 20-7.
Division 2: Tantasqua 17, South Hadley 14
Highlights: Senior quarterback Corey Lavallee tallied 194 yards of total offense and threw a pair of touchdown passes in Tantasqua's 17-14 victory over South Hadley.
Division 3: Putnam 24, Littleton 21
Division 2A: Auburn 17, Wahconah 0
Highlights: Auburn's defense forced turnovers on five straight possessions and Tyler Beede caught a game-breaking nine-yard scoring pass from Jon leroux in the third quarter in the team's 17-0 victory over Wahconah Regional.
Division 3: Putnam 24, Littleton 21
Highlights: Senior running back Justin Reid, who had more than 4,000 career rushing yards, scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one
receiving) in Putnam Vo-Tech's 24-21 victory over Littleton.
Division 3A: Assabet 24, Easthampton 16
Highlights: Nick Johnson scored two touchdowns and Alan Alvarez added three two-point conversions, leading Assabet Valley to a 24-16 win over Easthampton.
Massachusetts recap by Sheldon Shealer.
8: Muskegon Catholic Central 40, Crystal Falls-Forest Park 0 / Watch
Highlights: The Crusaders racked up 472 yards, using touchdowns by Brian Johnson, Steve Mitchell and Rodney Anderson to build a 27-0 lead.
7: Traverse City St. Francis 41, Ubly 13 / Watch
Highlights: Ryan Farley ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Gladiators build a 28-0 lead.
6: Montague 41, Leslie 20 / Watch
Highlights: The Wildcats scored three times in the first 6 1/2 minutes to build an insurmountable lead. Quarterback Cody Kater threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns while A.J. LaRue ran for 104 yards on nine carries.
5: Muskegon Oakridge 26, Ovid-Elsie 14 / Watch
Highlights: Michael Shoop ran for 177 yards on 24 carries and scored one of two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Eagles, who trailed 14-13 at halftime.
4: Holland Christian 35, Detroit Country Day 20 / Watch
Highlights: Quarterback A.J. Westendorp set three new state finals records, completing 26-of-33 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 108 yards on 19 carries, establishing new finals marks for completions, passing yards and total yards.
3: East Grand Rapids 43, Inkster 24 / Watch
Highlights: The Pioneers captured their third straight state championship led by senior running back Joe Glendening, who ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Glendening finished his career by establishing a new school single-season rushing record with 2,598 yards.
1: Rockford 26, Lake Orion 14 / Watch
Highlights: Alex Rojas' blocked punt just before the half set up a Ryan Cochran 6-yard touchdown run that sparked the Rams, who won their third title since 2004.
Michigan recap by Jeff Arnold.
5A: Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.) 27, Blaine 7
Highlights: The Trojans capped a 13-0 record season with a convincing victory over the Bengals (11-2) at the Metrodome. Quarterback John Reis, the Player of the Game, passed for two touchdowns and engineered a 99-yard scoring drive to give the Trojans a 20-7 lead. Reis had favorite receivers in Fritz Rock, Cecil Doe and Matt Tarpley while Chris Kroeten and Garrett Englehardt ran behind a powerful offensive line. A pass interception by Jack Egan set up the final short yardage TD run.
4A: Mankato West 33, Northfield 14
Highlights: Running back Paul Berndt, the Player of the Game, tied a Prep Bowl championship game record by rushing for four touchdowns at the Metrodome. Berndt rushed 23 times for 83 yards and became the fifth player to rush for four scores in a Prep Bowl. It was the second season win over Northfield (10-4) after the Scarlets opened the season with a 35-13 win over the Raiders. West (13-1) won its third state title, the others coming in 2002 and 1999.
3A: Glencoe-Silver Lake (Glencoe, Minn.) 42, DeLaSalle (Minneapolis, Minn.) 21
Highlights: Sophomore quarterback Kyler Anderson ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (13-1) won their third straight state title. The Panthers rushed for a Prep Bowl record 415 yards and won their fifth state crown in a rematch of last season's finale vs. the Islanders (13-1). Besides Anderson, the Player of the Game, Mitchell Nowak and Tyler Lang also scored two touchdowns each.
2A: Caledonia 47, Luverne 7
Highlights: The Warriors (13-1) repeated as state champion at the Metrodome over the same opponent as last year. Caledonia parlayed a balanced offense with a smothering defense which allowed Luverne only five first downs and 144 total yards. Senior quarterback Casey Bauer, the Player of the Game, got the Warriors off to a fast start by rushing for a 32-yard touchdown and passing to Andy Bauer on a 25-yard TD toss.
1A: Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (Kerkhoven, Minn.) 33, Royalton 22
Highlights: Junior running back Joel Bauman, the Player of the Game, set a Prep Bowl title game record with 44 carries and gained 289 yards with two touchdowns. The Saints' standout ended the season with 2,941 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns for the 12-2 record team. The win avenged a 22-7 regular season Prairie Conference loss to the Royals (12-2).
9-Man: Houston 22, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (Graceville, Minn.) 16
Highlights: The Hurricanes (14-0) won their first state title as senior quarterback Andy Sires, the Player of the Game, passed for a touchdown and rushed for the winning one-yard score in the fourth quarter over the Wolverines (13-1). Senior Kevin Lindh ran 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Minnesota recap by Doug Huff.
Class 1A: Puckett 25, Calhoun City
Highlights: Whether it was running left, right, or up the middle, Puckett High's Jeremy Palmer did his job on the ground, rushing for 127 yards and two scores on 24 carries. However it was the junior running back's 48-yard touchdown reception over Calhoun City's Damarius Howard at the beginning of the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner in the evenly matched contest. Sophomore quarterback J.R. Jennings had a chance to put Calhoun City up, but slipped while trying to evade L.C. Thompson's pass-rush on fourth-and-goal from the Puckett 7-yard line with 39 seconds remaining in the game. The Mississippi Class 1A State Championship was Puckett's second in three years and third overall.
Player of the game: PHS RB Jeremy Palmer (Junior) -- Rushing 24 carries, 127 yards, 2TDs, Receiving 2/52/1TD
Outstanding underclassman: CCHS QB J.R. Jennings (Soph.) -- 12/25 239 yards, 2TD.
Class 2A: Baldwyn 35, Forest 26
Highlights: The Mississippi Class 2A state championship looked like it was going to get out of hand in the first half. Baldwyn forced junior Forest quarterback Lavadius Lyles into throwing five interceptions, the fifth coming as time expired in the half with Forest trailing 21-6. But don't let the quarterback's seven turnovers in the game (six interceptions, one fumble lost) fool you. He was the reason Forest was in the game at the end. Lyles and his Bearcats teammates were able to regroup and make a game of it in the second half, with the junior quarterback scrambling for two of his three rushing scores in the third quarter to bring Forest within eight. Ahead just 28-20 entering the fourth quarter, Baldwyn pieced together a 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took up 9 minutes and 17 seconds.
The drive, which quarterback Tanner Gaines completed with a 1-yard quarterback draw into the end zone, put Baldwyn up for good. Baldwyn was able to recover an onside kick following another Lyles score -- this time on a pass to Mark Hawkins with 13 seconds remaining -- to seal the school's first championship in three tries. The quarterbacks from the prior two tries are assistant's on Jimmy Dillinger's coaching staff -- Gregg Tucker (1984) and Michael Gray (1986).
Player of the game: BHS RB/CB Jamyel Tyes (Senior) -- 12/86/1TD rushing, 3 INT on defense.
Outstanding underclassman: FHS QB Lavadius Lyles (Junior) -- 8/24 115 yards, 1TD, 6INT passing. 23/243/3TD rushing, 1 fumble lost. 358 total yards of offense and 4 scores.
Class 3A: Louisville 26, Tylertown 21
Highlights: Chris Wraggs, who had been a backup quarterback for most of the season until starter Clayton Moore was kicked off Louisville's squad at halftime of its semifinals game, was able to lead the Wildcats to its seventh state title in as many attempts and second in two years. The junior was 16 of 22 in the game against Tylertown, throwing for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Combined with senior running back Dennis Thames, who rushed for 110 yards and completed his only pass attempt for a 32-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter, the two packed a potent offensive punch. Late in the fourth quarter, trailing 26-21, Tylertown quarterback Jameon Lewis looked like he'd end Louisville's undefeated streak in title games. Beginning from the Chief's 11-yard line at the 2:16 mark of the fourth quarter, Lewis led his team down the field to the Louisville 10-yard line. With no timeouts, Lewis spiked the ball on first down. Then, on second down, he scrambled looking to buy time for a receiver to free himself, but was dragged down in bounds by a Louisville defender. The Chiefs were unable to reset their lineup before time expired, ending Tylertown's title hopes.
Player of the game: LHS QB Chris Wraggs (Junior) -- 16 of 22 for 171 yards and three scores. 7 rushes for 18 yards.
Outstanding underclassman: THS QB Jameon Lewis (Junior) -- 13 of 27 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns. 17 rushes for 68 yards.
Class 4A: Noxubee County 12, D'Iberville 10
Highlights: Saturday night's Class 4A State Championship game pitted two of Mississippi's best athletes in Noxubee County's Patrick Patterson and D'Iberville High's Kevin Norwood. Both players were all over the field, typically guarding one another when his counterpart was on offense. Patterson finished the game with four receptions for 101 yards, seven rushes for a team-high 49 yards, returned a kickoff for a 99 yard touchdown that was called back due to a penalty, punted and also kicked for the Tigers. Norwood was just as, if not more, impressive. The 6-foot-3 senior accounted for his team's only touchdown early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jake Miller connected with Norwood on a 14-yard fade route over Patterson to bring the score to 12-10. D'Iberville's strong-legged kicker, junior Andrew Bentz, got the Warriors on the scoreboard first in the second quarter with a 47-yard field goal. With time ticking down in the fourth quarter and unable to penetrate deep into Noxubee County's territory, the Warriors setup Bentz with what would have been a go-ahead 44-yard field goal. Following two timeouts by Noxubee County, Bentz pushed the field goal attempt wide right. The Tigers ran out the remaining time on the clock, sealing the school's first state title.
Co-player of the game: NHS WR/CB/K/P Patrick Patterson (senior) -- 4 receptions, 104 yards, 7 rushes, 49 yards, 6 punts, 30.5 average, 1 kick return for 78 yards.
Co-player of the game: DHS WR/S Kevin Norwood (Senior) -- 10 receptions, 101 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
5A: Meridian 26, South Panola 20
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Mississippi recap by Patrick Ochs.
6: Hazelwood Central 25, Blue Springs South 20
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Highlights: After stopping Hazelwood Central on 4th and 1 with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter Blue Springs South drove all the way down to the Central 17. On fourth down, however, Blaine Dalton's pass sailed high and out of the back of the end zone to seal the victory for Hazelwood Central.
Player of the game: Kerry Gibson, SR QB, Hazelwood Central, 15 carries for 44 yards, 8-18 for 136 yards, 2 TD, INT
Outstanding underclassman: Alonzo Chappelle, SO LB, Hazelwood Central, 10 tackles and INT
5: Hazelwood East 39, Raytown South 34
Highlights: After giving up the go-ahead touchdown with :30 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hazelwood East drove 50 yards in 21 seconds, ending with a game-winning 29-yard touchdown pass from Eric Brown to Tarrel Downing as time expired.
Player of the game: Tarrel Downing, SR WR, Hazelwood East: 3 rec. for 124 yds and 2 TD. (64, 29-GW)
Outstanding underclassman: Dennis Tanner, JR QB, Raytown South, 17/32 for 250 yds. 2 TD, 1 INT
4: Webb City 41, Helias 34 / Highlights
Highlights: After a 2 yard Braxton Baker touchdown run and the subsequent extra point put Webb City up 41-34 with 2:35 remaining Helias got one last chance from their own 15 with 2:28 remaining and 2 timeouts. After a completion for a first down and a run that went for no gain, Helias quarterback Jay Shimmens was intercepted by Seth Kelly with 1:37 remaining at the Helias 47 where Webb City took over possession and ran out the clock.
Player of the game: Mack Kyle, SR QB, Webb City, 20 carries for 119 yards and TD, 7-10 for 214 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Outstanding underclassman: Braxton Baker, JR RB, Webb City, 19 carries for 84 yards and TD (GW)
3: Cassville 31, Cardinal Ritter 7
Highlights: Cassville intercepted Cardinal Ritter QB Calvin Mooney twice in the 1st half, both of which led to Cassville scoring drives. Cardinal Ritter was just 2-13 on third down as Mooney went 8-23 with those two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Player of the game: Jon Haney, SR RB, Cassville, 19 carries for 113 yds and TD
Outstanding underclassman: Trevor Tanner, JR WR/DB, Cassville, 3 carries for 12 yards and 2 catches for 54 yds and TD
2: Clark County 10, Maryville 7
Highlights: On the first play of the 4th quarter Clark County kicker Kolt Kiger hit a 23-yard field goal to put Clark County up 10-7 with 11:57 to play. On the ensuing Maryville possession Maryville drove 68 yards down to the Clark County 5 yard line only for senior tailback Adam Mattson to be stopped short of the first down on 4th and 2.
Player of the game: Adam Mattson, SR RB, Maryville, 21 carries for 196 yards and TD
1: Orrick 34, Thayer 28 (2OT)
Highlights: Thayer quarterback Jacob Eckman hit Lance Scheider on a 62 yard strike to tie the game as time expired, but on 3rd and 8 from the Orrick 23 yard line in the second overtime with the game tied 28-28, Eckman's pass was intercepted by Clayton Jones. When Orrick got its chance in the second overtime period they took advantage, taking it the 25 yards and capping it off with Joe Kaufman delivering on a touchdown plunge from the 1-yard line for the victory.
Player of the game: Joe Kaufman, SR QB, Orrick, 24 carries for 99 yards and 3 TD, 1-4 24 yds, 1 INT, 1 TD
Outstanding underclassman: Logan Eubank, SO RB, Orrick, 24 carries for 112 yards and TD
Missouri recap by Robert Mays.
AA: Capitol (Helena) 35, Billings West 14
A: Custer County (Miles City) 20, Billings Central 7
B: Huntley Project 41, Fairfield 28
C: Superior 28, Wibaux 21
Highlights: Capitol has been the dominant program in the state in recent years, so it's title was not a surprise. The bigger stories in the state were in other divisions. The Custer County win snapped a 23-game win streak by Billings Central, which also was going for a third straight state title. It was an amazing scene afterward as Custer County head coach Dan Stanton greeted Billings Central head coach Jim Stanton, his older brother. Dan Stanton did not coach last year as he was battling brain cancer and his team won just two games. The Huntley Project victory also was especially sweet since that school burned down in an arson fire on September 18. Eric Buer led the Red Devils with 18 carries for 250 yards and one TD.
A: Millard West 21, Millard South 8
Highlights: The Omaha battle for the title was almost decided when Millard West's Darius Evans scored on the opening kickoff with a 94-yard return and the Wildcat defense limited Millard South to 69 yards rushing, with the help of seven tackles for losses and six quarterback sacks. Millard West (13-0) quarterback Nate Hauptman ran for a touchdown and teammate Kohlman Adema-Schulte scored on a 1-yard dive.
Player of the game: Millard West's Kohlman Adema-Schulte had 96 yards on 17 carries and scored a TD and completed a 31-yard halfback pass to set up a touchdown.
Outstanding underclassman: Millard West's Matt Longacre, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior defensive tackle, finished with eight tackles and four sacks.
B: Aurora 20, Beatrice 14
Highights: Aurora found a spark in the option game with quarterback Tyler McDonald running for 134 yards, passing for 110 yards and scoring two touchdowns on runs of two and 29 yards to upset Beatrice. Aurora's offensive line was dominant, producing 355 yards of offense and the defense stopped three Beatrice deep threats.
Player of the game: Beatrice senior quarterback/receiver/back/returner Justin Coleman ran for 42 yards, passed for 86 yards, caught 88 yards in passes ahad 53 yards in kickoff returns. Also had five tackles.
Outstanding underclassman: Aurora's Andrew Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive and defensive tackle, paved the way for two Aurora touchdown runs and finished with two tackles.
C-1: Pierce 20, Boys Town 10
Highlights: Pierce managed to slow Boys Town back Kevin Barrett to 120 yards of total offense and pick up a key 80-yard touchdon pass from Anthony Lauters to Brody Unger. Pierce all-around standout Eric Koehlmoos forced two fumbles and scored a touchdown to help Pierce defend its title.
Player of the game: Pierce threw for 153 yards, including the long TD to Unger and rushed for 33 yards. Led the Bluejays with 11 tackles.
Outstanding underclassman: Boys Town's Shaquil Barrett, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound defensive and offensive tackle, led Boys Town with nine tackles and one forced fumble.
C-2: Blue Hill 14, Archbishop Bergan 0
Highlights: Blue Hill won its first title after back-to-back runner-up finishes with a powerful, deliberate running attack and a stingy defense. Riley Bonifas rushed for 105 yards and Blue Hill allowed just 120 yards of offense for the Fremont-based Bergan team.
Player of the game: Blue Hill's Riley Bonifas rushed for 105 yards on 29 carries and scored on a 5-yard pass from Nathan Petska.
Outstanding underclassman: Archbishop Bergan quarterback Riley Gross, a 5-8, 137-pound sophomore, hit 15 passes for 60 yards and ran for 4 yards.
Nebraska recap by Ken Hambleton
4A: McQueen (Reno) 13, Palo Verde (Las Vegas) 12
Highlights: The Class 4A battle of unbeatens was won by the Lancers due to the heroics of Anthony Martinez in the last few minutes of the game. Martinez scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:17 left and also came up with two interceptions on defense to seal the win. He finished with nine carries for 113 yards and two TDs. It was a memorable year for McQueen head coach Ken Dalton, who not only won his sixth state title but earlier in the season recorded the 300th win of his coaching career. The Lancers (14-0) also showed their strength early in the season with a 24-8 win over Junipero Serra of San Mateo, Calif., one week after Serra nearly upset national powerhouse De La Salle of Concord, Calif., and lost by just one point.
3A: Moapa Valley (Overton) 35, Tahoe-Truckee (Calif.) 16
Highlights: Running back Brad Weiss and quarterback Max Jenkins led the Pirates to a title last year as juniors and did it again as seniors. Weiss, who rushed for more than 1,800 yards on the year, had eight carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Jenkins rifled a pair of scoring passes. Moapa Valley finished 10-2 with both losses to teams from Utah, including one that was a state finalist.
2A: The Meadows (Las Vegas) 46, Pershing County (Lovelock) 30
Highlights: Watch out for Gerard Martinez, the quarterback for The Meadows (11-2), since he's just a freshman. Against Pershing County, Martinez completed 16 of 26 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown. He had 2,145 yards and 33 TDs for the season.
1A: Pahranagat Valley 22, Tonapah 18
Highlights: Pahranagat Valley's 22-18 win over Tonapah came one week after the team set a national eight-man single-game scoring record with a 128-74 win over Coleville, Calif., in the semifinals.
The strange nature of that semifinal game was that the Pahranagat Valley defense just could not stop Coleville quarterback Jason Peters and Coleville could not stop Pahrahagat Valley. Peters finished with 32 completions in 47 attempts for 505 yards and 10 touchdowns. His team still lost by 54 points because Pahranagat Valley recovered five of six onside kick attempts in the third quarter.
Nevada recap by Mark Tennis.
Division I: Nashua South Panthers 33, Pinkerton Astros 32 (OT)
Highlights: Less than a month after being shut out by three-time defending champion Pinkerton, Nashua South exacted revenge by ringing up 33 points on the Astros thanks in part to RB David Zocco's five touchdowns and 122 rushing yards. It was the school's first state football title since splitting from Nashua North (which combined used to be called Nashua Senior High) in September 2004.
Player of the game: Panthers QB Keith Farkas, who despite wind chill temperatures in the single digits completed 17 of 21 passes for 255 yards in Nashua South's spread offense.
Division II: Bishop Guertin Cardinals 14, Exeter Blue Hawks 7
Highlights: Bishop Guertin QB Andy Vailas staked the Cardinals to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 69 and 12 yards, and the BG defense held on for dear life in the second half to give the school its fourth state football championship trophy in five years. Bishop Guertin fumbled inside its own 30-yard line twice in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals' defense held firm on both occasions to preserve their tentative one-touchdown advantage.
Player of the game: Vailas. Bishop Guertin's senior signal-caller rushed for 118 yards on 17 carries, including his two touchdown jaunts.
Division III: Souhegan Sabers 28, Portsmouth Clippers 14
Highlights: Steven Jellison was a one-man wrecking crew for Souhegan, rushing for 238 yards on 25 carries and scoring three touchdowns, including a 28-yard interception return on Portsmouth's opening drive. It all added up to the Sabers' first unbeaten season (12-0) in school history.
Player of the game: Jellison.
Division IV: Plymouth Regional Bobcats 14, Laconia Sachems 7
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Highlights: Trailing in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2007, Plymouth scored two touchdowns in less than three minutes to win its fourth consecutive state title and eighth in nine years. Tim Farina's 16-yard touchdown run with 5:10 to play gave the Bobcats (12-0) their first lead of the day, and proved to be the winning score.
Player of the game: Plymouth RB Nick Barnes, who rushed for 76 yards on 21 carries.
Division V: Pelham Pythons 22, St. Thomas Aquinas Saints 0
Highlights: Pelham's potent defense picked off three St. Thomas passes and forced two fumbles in shutting out the Saints and completing its second consecutive undefeated championship run. RB Bruce Vieira scored all three Pythons touchdowns as Pelham's winning streak now stands at 22 games.
Player of the game: Vieira. His 138 rushing yards and 31 carries were both game-highs.
New Hampshire recap by Chris Preston
(Note: Only non-public schools compete for state championships; public schools play for sectional titles.)
Non-Public, Group 4: Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 34, Bergen Catholic (Oradell) 13 / Watch
Highlights: The Ironmen (11-1) won their third straight championship as quarterback Brett Knief threw for two TDs at Giants Stadium.
Non-Public, Group 3: St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) 27, Immaculata (Somerville) 6 / Watch
Highlights: Junior running back K'Waun Williams' 55-yard run gave the Green Knights (11-1) a 13-6 lead in the third quarter and defense behind Steve Beauhamais did the rest.
Non-Public, Group 2: Holy Cross (Delran) 7, Hudson Catholic (Jersey City) 0 / Watch
Highlights: Despite allowing 223 total yards, the Holy Cross defense played large when it counted in the second half. Elijah Phillips scored the lone TD and had 12 tackles and Aaron Fant added 15 stops for the winners.
Non-Public, Group 1: Paterson Catholic 19, St. Mary's (Rutherford) 7
Highlights: The Cougars won their sixth overall title and second straight behind junior Gregory Moore's 170 yards and TD on 26 carries.
North Jersey, Section 1
Group 4: Livingston 28, Hackensack 8
Group 3: Wayne Hills (Wayne) 35, Lakeland (Wanaque) 6
Group 2: Jefferson (Oak Ridge) 21 West Essex (North Caldwell) 6
Group 1: Mountain Lakes 35, Glen Rock 21
North Jersey, Section 2
Group 4: Piscataway 38, Hunterdon Central (Flemington) 0
Group 3: Phillipsburg 20, Rahway 6
Group 2: Caldwell 22, Governor Livingston (Berkeley Heights) 7
Group 1: Verona 13, Hoboken 12
Group 4: Brick Memorial (Brick) 24, Sayreville 0
Group 3: Freehold Boro 21, Middletown South (Middletown) 14
Group 2: Manasquan 19, Johnson Regional (Clark) 14
Group 1: Asbury Park 42, Metuchen 14
Group 4: Mainland Regional (Linwood) 21, Southern Regional (Manahawkin) 14
Group 3: Shawnee (Medford) 28, Hammonton 7
Group 2: Delsea Regional (Franklinville) 17, West Deptford (Westville) 14
Group 1: Glassboro 28, Penns Grove (Carney's Point) 8
New Jersey recap by Chris Lawlor.
5A: Las Cruces 26, Eldorado (Albuquerque) 21
4A: Goddard (Roswell) 49, Aztec 45
3A: Portales 48, Lovington 10
2A: Texico 28, Dexter 26
1A: Sumner 48, Clayton 0
Highlights: In a matchup of undefeated teams in Class 5A that was anticipated for the last two months of the season, the Bulldawgs (13-0) converted just a few more big plays and picked up their fourth state title under head coach Jim Miller. James Hall, who rushed 23 times for 109 yards, was involved in two of those plays with a seven-yard scoring run and throwing a 37-yard halfback pass. The other major play was Joe Garcia recovering a blocked punt by Patrick Hall in the end zone for a touchdown. Armin Day led Eldorado by passing for 371 yards and three scores. In the 3A game, Lovington, the alma-mater of NFL standout linebacker Brian Urlacher, couldn't come close to Portales. This was surprising because the Rams had not beaten Lovington in 12 previous meetings. The win gave Portales its first state title since 1988.
New Mexico recap by Mark Tennis.
Teams from Section 6 (Buffalo area) won four of the five New York State Public High School Athletic Association football championships Nov. 29-30 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Orchard Park took the state's largest division, Class AA, while Sweet Home won Class A, Southwestern won Class C and Maple Grove won Class D. Rye, of Section 1, won Class B.
Class AA: Orchard Park 21, Monroe-Woodbury 17 / Highlights
Highlights: Orchard Park scored all three of its touchdowns in the second half to hand Monroe-Woodbury its third straight loss in the Class AA final. Quarterback Kyle Hoppy scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner on a 67-yard run with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Hoppy had 16 carries for 131 yards and was the game's MVP. Jeff Tundo, the son of coach Gene Tundo, had 26 carries for 146 yards. Orchard Park, the Section 6 champion, finished the season 13-0. Monroe-Woodbury quarterback Dan Scalo scored both touchdowns for his team, on runs of 1 and 2 yards, but also threw interceptions on the first play of the Crusaders' last two possessions. After the game, Scalo told the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.) that he played the entire season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and was scheduled to have corrective surgery on Dec. 5. Monroe-Woodbury kicker Jamie Boyle set a state record for field goals in a season with his 13th, a 27-yarder in the second quarter that gave Monroe-Woodbury (11-1), the Section 9 champ, a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Class A: Sweet Home 35, Burnt Hills 28
Highlights: Section 6 champ Sweet Home stopped Section 1 champion Burnt Hills on fourth-and-3 with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter, then never gave the ball back en route to its first state football championship. Quarterback Casey Kacz passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown for Sweet Home (13-0).
Class B: Rye 16, Oneida 12
Highlights: Section 1's Rye won its second straight Class B title and third in four years. Kyle Ramalho carried 24 times for 136 yards and was the game's MVP as Rye extended a winning streak to 25 games. Cole McCormack added 96 yards rushing. Pat O'Callaghan caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Connor Eck for the game-winning points with 6:34 left in the first half. Quarterback Ryan Kramer led Oneida, the Section 3 champion, hitting 8 of 17 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Class C: Southwestern 35, Croton-Harmon 7
Highlights: Southwestern scored 21 points in 70 seconds in the second quarter and won its first state title in any sport. Zack Sopak threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter and Ryan Buzzetto returned a fumble 29 yards for another touchdown in Southwestern's scoring binge. Sopak passed for 92 yards and ran for 77 and a touchdown. Southwestern, the Section 6 champion, is 13-0. Croton-Harmon, the Section 1 champ, finished 11-2.
Class D: Maple Grove 55, Moriah 7
Highlights: Chris Secky passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lift Maple Grove to its second state title. Secky also kicked seven extra points. Maple Grove, ranked No. 1 in the state sportswriters association poll and the Section 6 champion, finished 13-0. Joe Caporale caught all three of Secky's touchdown passes and had 175 yards receiving. Moriah (12-1) was led by Ron Schofield, who carried 23 times for 103 yards. Moriah won the Section 7/10 championship.
Editor's note: The top private school team in New York was Iona Prep (New Rochelle). The Gaels (12-0) captured their first CHSFL title since those playoffs began in 1975 and beat St. Anthony's of Huntington, 48-35, in the final game. St. Anthony's had won the previous seven CHSFL titles in a row. Junior running back Jeff Mack was named the ESPN RISE East Region Player of the Week for his performance in the game: He broke loose for 393 yards on 24 carries and scored seven touchdowns. Mack, along with QB Tyrae Woodson-Samuels (2,000 yards passing for the season), and several other standout juniors will all be back for Iona Prep next year.
New York recap by Matt Pepin.
1-A: Mount Airy 37, Williamston 14
Highlights: After falling behind 14-0 early, Mount Airy scored 37 unanswered points to roll past Williamston 37-14.
Player of the game: Aaron Wheeler, quarterback, 9-15 for 124 yards, 101 rushing yards, two touchdowns.
1-AA: Thomasville 42, East Bladen 13
Highlights: The Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack, including John Hinson-Brady's 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Chris Brooks' 199 passing yards and two touchdowns, to help Thomasville roll past East Bladen 42-13.
Player of the game: John Hinson-Brady, running back, 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
2-A: Newton-Conover 51, Tarboro 28
Highlights:After Tarboro tied the game at 7 early in the second quarter, Newton-Conover reeled off 37 unanswered points to roll past the Vikings, 51-28.
Player of the game: Dorian Jones, running back, 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
2-AA: Reidsville 24, East Lincoln 7
Highlights:After a late field goal put them ahead 17-7, the Rams recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to roll past East Lincoln, 24-7. The win capped off a perfect 16-0 season for the Rams.
Player of the game: Damien Lee, defensive lineman, 10 solo tackles.
3-A: West Rowan 35, West Craven 7
Highlights:Kevin Parks racked up 219 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns to lead West Rowan past West Craven, 35-7. The win was West Rowan's 14th straight.
Player of the game: Kevin Parks, running back, 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
3-AA: Dudley 34, Kannapolis Brown 18
Highlights:Dudley used a strong running game, including Ricky Lewis' 160 yards and J.R. Peterson's 147, to roll to its second straight 3-AA championship. Dudley extended its winning streak to 21, dating back to last season.
Player of the game: Ricky Lewis, running back, 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
4-A: Seventy First 28, Douglas Byrd 7
Highlights:The Falcons capitalized on four first-half Eagle turnovers and got four touchdowns from running back James Hopper to roll past Douglas Byrd, 28-7.
Player of the game: James Hopper, running back, 192 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
4-AA: Richmond Senior 38, Jack Britt 35
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North Carolina recap by Jason Jordan.
3A: Bismarck 28, Fargo South 19
2A: Watford City 40, Valley City 20
1A: Harvey 14, Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock 0
9-man: Hillsboro 46, Williams County 0
Highlight: Fargo South was going to its third straight championship, but was sunk by Bismarck. Two Bismarck players scored on defense, with Austin Granderson returning an interception 50 yards for a score and Jake Miller returning a fumble nine yards. A bobbled snap by the Fargo South punter also led to Bismarck getting the ball on 3-yard line.
1: Cleveland St. Ignatius 28, Cincinnati Elder 20 / Watch
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Highlights: The Wildcats, and coach Chuck Kyle, won their 10th state championship since 1988 and first since 2001. St. Ignatius (14-1), appearing in a state record 21 straight playoffs, won their final 14 games after debuting with a last-play 20-17 loss to city rival Glenville, a defeat avenged by 8-7 in the playoffs. In the finals, quarterback and Player of the Game Andrew Holland completed 12 of 22 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Elder's junior quarterback Mark Miller starred in defeat by connecting on 27 of 50 passes for a Division I finals' record 399 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers (13-2). The Wildcats' top underclassman was junior linebacker Scott McVey, who was charted with five tackles, three assists and three sacks.
2: Sylvania Southview 29, Cincinnati Anderson 25 / Watch
Highlights: Quarterback, and Player of the Game, Alex Pidcock set a Division II finals' record with 333 passing yards on 23 of 30 attempts and three touchdowns as the Cougars (15-0) won their first state title over the defending champions (12-3). Pidcock also rushed 23 times for 94 yards and a touchdown.
3: Aurora 21, Columbus Eastmoor Academy 10
Highlights: Player of the Game Brendan Gallagher passed for 120 and two touchdowns to lead the Greenmen (13-2) to their first state football championship in its initial finals' berth. Aurora won its last 12 games after starting the season 1-2. Eastmoor (13-2) had outscored opponents, 617-97 in its 13 wins.
4: Kettering Archbishop Alter 21, Steubenville 6
Highlights: The Knights captured their first state football title by defeating three-time champion Steubenville (14-1), which earlier in the season won its 700th all-time game, third best in state history. and hiked its regular season win streak to 60 games. Alter quarterback Austin Boucher, the Player of the Game, completed 7 of 11 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 19 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. Alter was unbeaten on the field but had to forfeit its first two wins because of an ineligible player and ended 13-2.
5: Youngstown Ursuline 21, Findlay Liberty-Benton 0
Highlights: The Irish (15-0) won their second state title, and first since 2000, by shutting out a team (14-1) which had recorded 10 shutouts and outscored foes by 649-36. Senior defensive back Dale Peterman, the Player of the Game, returned one pass interception 44 yards for a touchdown and also ran back another interception from his own five-yard line to the 45.
6: Delphos St. John's 34, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 14
Highlights: The Blue Jays (13-2) captured their fifth state title, and first since 2005, by ending the unbeaten season of Hopewell-Loudon (14-1). St. John's coach Todd Schulte improved to 5-0 in title games including three straight from 1997-99 when the Blue Jays won 43 consecutive games. Junior quarterback Wes Ulm, the Player of the Game, rushed 24 times for 198 yards and a touchdown.
Ohio recap by Doug Huff.
Class 6A: Union 34, Jenks 20 / Watch
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Highlights: Union won its fourth state championship in the last seven years and avenged a 2007 championship game loss to rival Jenks. The Redskins and Trojans have combined to win the last 13 Oklahoma large-school state championships.
Player of the game: Jeremy Smith ran for 242 yards (190 in the first half) and three touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: Union junior quarterback Chase Boyce hit 8-of-16 passes for 190 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Class 5A: Booker T. Washington 28, Carl Albert 17
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Highlights: The Hornets completed a 13-1 regular season and won their first state championship in 24 years. BTW's defense limited Carl Albert star running back David Oku to four second-half yards (he finished with 132).
Player of the game: Quarterback Eric Bennett rushed 32 times for 206 yards.
Outstanding underclassman: Bennett, a junior, scored four touchdowns.
Class 4A: Glenpool 27, Bishop McGuinness 17
Highlights: Glenpool completed a 14-0 regular season and won its first state championship since 2002. McGuinness fell short in a bid for a third consecutive state title. Glenpool, which shut out eight of its first nine opponents and gave up only 33 points in the first 13 games, survived despite giving up a season-high 17 points Saturday.
Player of the game: Marco Nelson scored on touchdown runs of 3, 15 and 82 yards.
Outstanding underclassman: Nelson, a junior, ran for a career-best 245 yards.
Class 3A: Cascia Hall 28, Claremore Sequoyah 21
Highlights: Cascia Hall, a Tulsa-based private school, won the Class 2A state title in 2007. Would moving up a class hurt the Commandos? Apparently not. Cascia Hall went 13-0 and, afterwards, coach Joe Medina called it the best football team in school history. The Commandos have won 28 consecutive games and the most recent victory was sealed by Pete Testa's game-preserving interception in the final minute.
Player of the game: Sam Clancy threw for three first-half touchdowns, giving him the school record for career TD passes (47) and directed a game-winning 69-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. He became the first quarterback to lead Cascia Hall to back-to-back state titles.
Outstanding underclassman: Junior Daniel Zabienski ran nine times for 76 yards, including a game-winning 2-yard touchdown with 1:45 remaining.
Oklahoma recap by Jimmie Trammel.
6A: Beaverton Southridge 35, Lake Oswego 21
Highlights: Lake Oswego (12-1) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and looked like it was going to run away with the title and an undefeated season, but Southridge (12-2) responded with 27 unanswered points, thanks to an aggressive defense that forced four turnovers to claim the school's first state title. The Southridge defense was able to rattle Oregon State commit QB Jack Lomax for most of the game, picking him off twice and forcing a fumble. Lomax still put up some outstanding numbers finishing the game 34 of 45 for 365 yards and two touchdowns and added 55 yards and another score rushing.
Player of the game: Kirk Werhane, SR RB, Southridge, 24 for 125 yards and two scores.
Outstanding underclassman: Will Storey, JR WR, Lake Oswego 10 catches for 119 yards tied with Khashay Jafari, JR LB, Lake Oswego, 10 tackles.
5A: West Albany 35, Thurston 28
Highlights: West Albany (14-0) was able to hold off Thurston (12-1) in a hard fought battle to claim its second consecutive state title. The Bulldogs jumped on the previously unbeaten Colts early to build a 21-0 lead, but thanks to senior RB Devin Anderson, the Colts charged back to tie the game, 28-28, early in the fourth quarter. Anderson finished the game with 109 yards and three scores on 20 carries. The Bulldogs responded quickly with a 5-yard plunge by junior RB Anthony LaCoste with just 8 minutes left in the game to regain the lead for good and their defense tightened up down the stretch stopping a late drive that would have tied the score.
Player of the game: Anthony LaCoste, JR RB, West Albany, 35 carries for 217 yards and three scores.
Outstanding underclassman: LaCoste, plus Kyle Wright, JR LB, Thurston, 13 tackles.
4A: Astoria 19, Banks 11
Highlights: Astoria was able to overcome the early jitters to claim its first state title in school history. The Fishermen (14-0) beat the Braves back in October, 46-26. This time around, the game was a defensive battle through three quarters, but the Fishermen punched in two late scores for the victory. Senior QB Jordan Poyer led the way with 171 yards passing, 76 yards rushing and three scores.
Player of the game: Jordan Poyer, SR QB/DB, Thurston, 7-12 for 171 yards and one score passing, 19-76 yards and two scores rushing, also seven tackles on defense.
Outstanding underclassman: John Criswell, JR DB, Banks, 8 tackles.
3A: Grant Union 28, Gold Beach 14
Highlights: Grant Union (13-0) knocked off the defending state champs to claim its first title since 1943. Senior QB Austin Ranft led the Prospectors, completing 13 of 19 passes for 188 yards and three scores.
Player of the game: Austin Ranft
Outstanding underclassman: Dalton Moore, JR WR, Grant Union, 5 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
2A: Knappa 20, Culver 6
Highlights: Knappa (12-1) claimed its first state title in school history with a win over the defending 2A champs, who finished 11-2. The Logger defense held the Bulldog offense that had been averaging 41 points a game to just six points. The offense ran off 20 unanswered led by RB Tevan Klauser, who ran for 49 yards and a score. He also had two catches for 27 yards and another score.
Player of the game: Tevan Klauser
Outstanding underclassman: Bryan Sablan, SO RB, Knappa rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.
1A (8-Man): Imbler 48, Joseph 36
Highlights: Imbler (11-1) captured the first state title in school history with a hard fought victory over Joseph (11-2). Junior QB Dalton McDaniel threw for two touchdowns and senior RB Nick West added three more scores, including an 82-yard kickoff return, to lead the Panthers, who overcame a 36-28 halftime deficit by holding the Eagles scoreless in the second half.
Player of the game: Dalton McDaniel, JR QB, Imbler 15 of 20 for 254 yards with two scores and 110 yards rushing.
Outstanding underclassman: Zach Phillips, SO WR, 7 catches for 152 yards, 1 TD.
Oregon recap by Bob Masajo.
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4A: Bethlehem Liberty 28, Bethel Park 21 (OT) / Watch
Highlights: Liberty quarterback Anthony Gonzalez sneaked a yard for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime, then clinched the first state championship in school history by intercepting Black Hawks QB Erik Olson in the end zone.
Players of the game: Gonzalez, a junior, ran 33 times for 205 and three TDs for the Hurricanes, who gained 331 yards on the ground in all. He also completed nine of 20 passes for 97 yards, albeit with two interceptions. Defensively, linebacker Daryl Klotz had 10 tackles.
Underclassman of the Game: Nick Pastor, the 'Canes sophomore defensive end, had seven tackles, three for losses.
3A: Thomas Jefferson 34, Archbishop Wood 7 / Watch
Highlights: TJ quarterback Tyler Wehner generated touchdowns on his team's first four possessions -- one on the ground, three through the air -- as the Jaguars built a 28-7 halftime lead, en route to their second straight state title, and third in five years.
Player of the game: Wehner went 8-for-13 through the air, for 156 and three TDs. He also ran for a pair of scores.
Underclassman of the game: Steve Licht, TJ's junior cornerback, picked off two passes.
2A: Wilmington Area 35, West Catholic 34 (2 OT) / Watch
Highlights: Wilmington Area quarterback Shane Wagner, who had weaved 16 yards on fourth down for a TD in the first overtime, stopped West QB Curtis Drake short of the goal line on a two-point conversion in the second extra session, as the Greyhounds won the first state title in school history.
Players of the game: Wagner provided the big plays on a day his team was outgained 460-268. Linebacker Carson Sharbaugh had 11 tackles, two for losses, and a sack.
Underclassman of the game: Derrick Burns, the Hounds' junior fullback-linebacker, ran for two scores and made a fourth-down stop of Drake at the goal line late in regulation.
A: Steelton-Highspire 35, Clairton 16 / Watch
Highlights: The Steamrollers broke an 8-8 halftime tie with 27 third-quarter points, on a touchdown pass by quarterback Andre Campbell and Campbell's three short TD runs, to repeat as champions.
Players of the game: Campbell passed for 129 yards in all. He also had a two-point conversion run. Fellow senior Jeremiah Young, already the state's all-time leading rusher, ran for 81 yards on a gimpy left ankle to finish his career with 9,027.
Underclassman of the game: Steel-High junior wide receiver-strong safety Jeff Davis contributed two receptions for 40 yards, as well as eight tackles, four for losses, and two sacks.
Pennsylvania recap by Gordie Jones.
Div. I: La Salle (Providence) 31, Barrington 6
Div. II: South Kingston 14, Tolman 6 (OT)
Div. III: Johnston 33, Tiverton 12
Div. IV: Exeter/West Greenwich 26, Middleton 6
Highlights: Joe Charest and Colin Sullivan led La Salle (12-0) to its first state title since 2001. Charest tossed touchdown passes of 34 and 32 yards and scored on a 30-yard run. Sullivan rushed for 105 yards, racked up nine tackles on defense and booted a 29-yard field goal. In the D2 matchup, Tim Hazard's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime was the difference for South Kingston. The Rebels won their second straight state title.
AA: Lincoln (Sioux Falls) 27, Washington (Sioux Falls)
A: Dell Rapids 34, Winner 6
AA: Marion-Harvey 42, Ipswich 28
11-man B: Tri-Valley 41, Groton 3
9-man A: Avon 37, Gettysburg 8
9-man B: Hanson 50, Hitchcock-Tulare 24
Highlights: Lincoln won its first-ever state title with an upset of favored Washington. Avon won under coach Tom Culver, who returned in October after serving one year in Iraq with the South Dakota National Guard. In the win over Gettysburg, Culver also notched the 100th win of his coaching career.
5A: Oakland 20, Franklin 13
4A: Hillsboro 10, Maryville 7 / Watch
3A: Knoxville Catholic 28, Mitchell 18 / Watch
2A: Alcoa 28, Milan 14 / Watch
1A: Trousdale County 31, Byrns 14
II-AA: Memphis University School 38, Brentwood Academy 18
II-A: Davidson Academy 36, Harding Academy 34
Class 5A Division I: Allen 21, Fort Bend Hightower 14 / Watch
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Highlights: Allen's Eagles, trailing 7-0 at halftime and held to 117 yards, rallied for three touchdowns in the second half to defeat the last undefeated team in Class 5A.
Player of the game: Tucker Carter, Allen's junior quarterback, passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
Class 5A Division II: Katy 17, Wylie 3 / Watch
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Highlights: The Katy Tigers opened the season with two consecutive losses but got back on track to repeat as division champs. They shut down a Wylie team that came into the championship game averaging 36 points.
Player of the game: Katy senior linebacker Sebi Carbajal had a team-high 10 tackles, including three sacks and two others for losses.
Outstanding underclassman: Katy junior running back Will Jeffrey rushed for 142 yards. His 40-yard gain inside the 10-yard line set up the first quarter field goal that gave the Tigers the lead for good.
Class 4A Division I: Austin Lake Travis 48, Longview 23 / Watch
Highlights: The Lake Travis Cavaliers finished undefeated to repeat as champions in Class 4A, last year's crown coming in Division II. The Cavs' winning streak has reached 30 games.
Player of the game: Lake Travis senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert finished his glitzy high school career by setting state records for passing yards in a season (4,852, topping his 2007 total) and in a career (12,534, breaking by two yards the record set by Graham Harrell at Ennis).
Outstanding underclassman: Junior Da'Cedric Hunt of Longview ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Class 4A Division II: Sulphur Springs 69, Dayton 49
Highlights: Having scored 50+ points five times previously this season, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats saved their highest scoring game for last. Sulphur Springs ran up 784 yards to 618 for the Dayton Broncos.
Player of the game: Tyrik Rollison, Sulphur Springs' senior quarterback, gained 517 yards total offense and seven touchdowns.
Class 3A Division II: Carthage 49, Celina 37 / Watch
Highlights: Carthage claimed its first state title while preventing Celina from adding to its state-record total of eight championships. The final high school game played at Texas Stadium included six lead changes.
Player of the game: Carthage senior running back Dwight Smith ran for 267 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: Junior tight end Trevor Murphy of Carthage was part of Smith's escort team and also caught a 50-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Class 2A Division II: Daingerfield 26, Cisco 8 / Watch
Highlights: The Daingerfield Tigers won their fourth state championship, the first since 1985. The Cisco Loboes lost for the third consecutive time in a state final.
Player of the game: Tyler Boyd, Daingerfield's sophomore quarterback, passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score.
Outstanding underclassman: Boyd and junior receiver Chris Jones had five catches for 134 yards for the Tigers, including TD catches of 25 and 33 yards.
Class A Division II: Stratford 24, Cayuga 13
Highlights: Stratford forced five turnovers as the Elks, who moved from Class 2A this season, claimed their third state championship.
Player of the game: Kaleb Horsford, Stratford's senior quarterback, had two touchdown passes, forced a fumble and also had an interception.
Outstanding underclassman: Traylon Shead, Cayuga's junior running back, ran for 171 yards – 120 coming on three carries.
Texas recap by Jeff Miller
The story in the Beehive State wasn't just the games that were played that decided state championships, but the one that the vast majority of football fans in the state are now clamoring to see: Alta vs. Timpview. Alta won its second straight Class 5A state crown, while Timpview made it three in a row in Class 4A. And while Timpview was unbeaten and takes a 36-game win streak into next year, Alta's lone loss in a 12-1 season was to one of the top-ranked teams in California, Grant of Sacramento, in a game that was played in California. The Deseret News' overall top 20 rankings had Timpview ahead of Alta all season long, but there is surely an argument for Alta.
Here are the results and highlights of this year's state finals:
5A: Alta (Sandy) 21, Bingham (Salt Lake City) 17
Highlights: When these two teams meet, it's almost a guarantee for a close game going down to the wire and that was the case again as Ammon Olsen's two-yard run with 34 seconds left gave the Hawks their winning margin. Olsen set up the last score with a 41-yard pass to Parker Webster and started Alta's comeback from a 17-6 deficit heading into the fourth quarter by firing a 15-yard touchdown pass to Seth Becerra. Olsen, who threw for 3,201 yards with 36 TDs on the season, has been named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.
4A: Timpview (Provo) 34, Cottonwood (Salt Lake City) 28
Highlights: The Tbirds won a back-and-forth contest over a very worthy opponent that also was 12-0 coming into the game. Levi Te'o led the way with four touchdowns, including one on a 63-yard pass reception. Another highlight was 6-5, 290-pound Xavier Sua-Filo, one of the most heavily-recruited college prospects in the nation as an offensive lineman, coming through to block a punt that set up a critical third quarter touchdown.
3A: Juan Diego (Salt Lake City) 21, Hurricane 18
Highlights: Jaron Bentrude's 22-yard field goal with four seconds left gave the Soaring Eagle a high-flying win. It was perhaps even more of a game-winning play that took place with eight seconds left before halftime when Lars Gunderson brought back a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Juan Diego ended with a 14-0 record and won its second state crown.
2A: North Summit 31, Manti 28
Highlights: Manti won earlier in the season in a game between these two teams and took a
20-7 lead in the state final. The Braves came back, though, behind the stellar play of QB Deven Holmes and won it with no time left on a 20-yard field goal by Greg Woolstenhulme.
1A: North Sevier 22, Kanab 12
Highlights: In the first-ever state title game win by the Wolves, Josh Bates came through with 16 carries for 100 yards and two TDs.
Utah recap by Mark Tennis.
Division I: Hartford Hurricanes 26, Rutland Raiders 14
Highlights: Senior Mick Wong rumbled for 216 yards on 29 carries, ran for one touchdown and passed for another to give the Hurricanes (11-0) their second consecutive Vermont title. With the Raiders threatening to make things interesting late in the fourth, it was Wong's jarring hit that knocked the ball loose on the goal line and ensured a Hartford win.
Player of the game: Wong. His 37-yard halfback option pass was the first touchdown toss of his prolific career.
Division II: Spaulding Crimson Tide 42, Mount Mansfield Union Cougars 20
Highlights: Second-seeded Spaulding knocked off top-seeded MMU for the second time in as many years in the D-II title game thanks to four touchdown passes from Crimson Tide QB Zack Dessureau. James Durham caught one of Dessureau's four TD passes and returned a punt 46 yards for another as Spaulding (9-2) took a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back.
Player of the game: Dessureau. He only completed eight passes, but half of them ended up in the end zone.
Division III: Springfield Cosmos 52, Windsor Yellow Jackets 28
Highlights: Springfield QB Grant White ran for two scores and threw for two more as the Cosmos exploded for 52 points en route to their first football championship since 1948. Springfield completed an unbeaten season at 11-0.
Player of the game: Matt Mitchell. Picking up the slack for 1,000-yard rusher Stephen Miller, who left due to injury in the first quarter, the Springfield running back ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble on defense in a superb all-around effort.
Vermont recap by Chris Preston
6: Oscar Smith 54, Osbourn 24 / Watch
Highlights: Phillip Sims put on a show to the likes never before seen in a Virginia High School League state final. The junior quarterback sensation threw for 334 yards and state final record six touchdowns as Oscar Smith capped a perfect season with a 54-24 rout of Osbourn. Sims had 267 yards and five touchdowns by halftime as the Tigers built a 34-0 lead. Senior standout Tim Smith caught six passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns.
5: Phoebus 37, Dinwiddie 13
Highlights: How dominating was Phoebus' season? Consider the team's defense scored more points (78) than the team allowed (53). In the state final, Shawne Alston rushed for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Tajh Boyd added three touchdown passes in a 37-13 victory over Dinwiddie for the program's fourth state title in the past eight seasons.
4: Broad Run 13, Amherst County 0
Highlights: Broad Run capped a remarkable three-year turnaround with a 13-0 victory over two-time defending champion Amherst. Broad Run went 1-9 in 2005 and had only made the playoffs twice between the school's opening in 1969 and the hiring of coach Mike Burnett in 2006. In the state final, Chris Jessop connected with Adrian Flemming on the first touchdown and a pass-play between the duo set up Breon Earl's game-clinching score in the fourth quarter.
3: James Monroe 50, Brookville 46 / Watch
Highlights: Senior John Jackson passed for 341 yards and five touchdowns (which stood as a state final record until the Division 6 final was played) as James Monroe edged Brookville 50-46 in the highest scoring state final in Virginia history.
2: Gretna 35, Floyd County 20
Highlights: Jayme Barksdale rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown and passed for 171 and two scores as Grenta defeated Floyd County 35-20.
1: Franklin 28, Clintwood 20
Highlights: Quarterback Donzell Shearin scored both second-half touchdowns as Franklin rallied from a 20-14 halftime deficit for a 28-20 state title victory. Shearin had a touchdown pass in the first half and picked off a pass as a defensive back.
Virginia recap by Sheldon Shealer.
4A: Skyline (Sammamish) 20, Issaquah 15 / Watch
Highlights: Last year's 3A champ, Skyline, made a successful jump to 4A, with a 20-15 come from behind win over Issaquah to become the first team to win back-to-back football titles in different classifications. Trailing 15-14 with 8:29 left to play in the game, standout QB Jake Heaps marched the FAB 50-ranked Spartans (14-0) 68 yards on 9 plays for the go-ahead score. Heaps connected with WR Jake Knecht on a 5-yard scoring strike with just 4:29 to play and the Spartan defense held off Issaquah (11-3) down the stretch to seal the win.
Player of the game: Jake Heaps, JR QB, Skyline, 13 of 21 passing for 163 yards and two scores.
Outstanding underclassman: Kasen Williams, SO WR, for Skyline had four catches for 59 yards.
3A: Bellevue 35, Union (Vancouver) 6
Highlights: The Wolverines (14-0) scored on their first four possessions racing out to a 28-0 first-half lead, and cruised the rest of the game to claim their record seventh state title. The Wolverines, who have never lost in a title game, used their powerful wing-T attack to perfection once again racking up 448 yards on the ground, giving them an amazing 1,931 yards this post season. Peter Nguyen rushed 16 times for 152 yards and a score, and his brother David added 8 rushes for 167 yards and a score to lead the charge. Union finished 13-1.
Player of the game: Peter Nguyen, SR RB, Bellevue 16 carries for 152 yards and one TD.
Outstanding underclassman: David Nguyen, JR RB, Bellevue 8 carries for 167 yards and one TD. Mitch Saylor, JR WR, for Union had 7 receptions for 106 yards.
2A: Lynden 35, Prosser 34 (2OT)
Highlights: In one of the best games of the year in the state in any division, Lynden (12-2) rallied for a big upset over Prosser, which was 13-0 entering the contest. Trailing 21-6 with just 2:22 left to play, Lynden completed an unbelievable fourth quarter comeback to send the game into overtime. After trading touchdowns in the first OT, Prosser head coach Tom Moore elected to go for two and the win in the second OT, instead of trying to force another overtime. Senior QB Jordan Durbin could not find an open receiver and his pass was knocked down in the end zone to give the Lions the one point victory.
Player of the game: Kirby Moore, SR WR, Prosser had 14 receptions for 267 yards and three scores.
Outstanding underclassman: Jordan Hastings, JR QB, for Lynden completed 19 of 30 passes for 255 and three scores.
2B: Napavine 28, Asotin 24
Highlights: Napavine QB Marty Cozart connected with WR Matthew Waltenberg with just seconds left in the game to lift the Tigers (12-2) to a 28-24 victory and their first ever state title. Asotin ended at 12-2.
Player of the game: Matthew Waltenberg, JR WR, Napavine had 3 catches for 97 yards and two scores.
Outstanding underclassman: Marty Cozart, JR QB, Napavine was 6 of 18 for 127 yards and 2 scores.
1A: Cashmere 10, Cascade Christian 9
Highlights: Cashmere (13-0) trailed 7-3 at the half, but rallied to capture the team's first state title since 1984 with a 10-9 victory. Cascade Christian (12-2) had an opportunity to take the lead late in the game, but Edgar Esquivel intercepted the ball ending the threat.
1B -- (8 Man): Lacrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus 64, Wishkah Valley 62
Highlights: The Lacrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus Tigercats (L-W-K) traded touchdowns with the Wishkah Valley Loggers all game long to combine for 126 points, the second highest total in state history. L-W-K's freshman QB, Justin Aune, snuck into the end zone from 1 yard out to give his team a 64-62 lead with just 1:10 left to play. The Loggers (10-2) tried to answer with a score of their own, but Aune intercepted QB Nick Marsh to seal the win. There were several state records set in the game. The 62 points by the Loggers were the most points scored in a losing effort in state history. The Tigercats (13-0) set new title game records in rushing attempts (66), rushing yards (499), and first downs (30) in the game.
Player of the game: Garrett Blauert, JR RB, L-W-K, carried the ball 31 time for 295 yards and four scores.
Washington recap by Bob Masajo.
3A: South Charleston 39, Charleston George Washington 8
Highlights: The Black Eagles (14-0) left no doubt they were the top team in the Mountain State as they dominated their Kanawha Valley Conference opponent in the Super Six finals at Wheeling. In the second game of the regular season, South Charleston handed the Patriots (12-2) their only loss by 13-12. In the finals, sophomore quarterback Tyler Harris--the Player of the Game, ran 22 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and completed 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards and a score. South Charleston also won a playoff title in 1994 and a pre-playoff poll state crown in 1945.
2A: Grafton 56, New Martinsville Magnolia 25
Highlights: The Bearcats (13-1) avenged their lone season setback in the finals with a dominating Super Six title game win over the Blue Eagles (10-4) at Wheeling. Magnolia won a regular season finale contest, 29-24. Grafton, coached by first year pilot Mark Yoho, was led by record-setting running back Damon Waters, the Player of the Game. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior rushed 28 times for a Class AA Super Six title game record 276 yards and four touchdowns. Grafton won its first state title since 1984. The Bearcats also pocketed crowns in 1952 and 1956.
A: Williamstown 23, Weirton Madonna 7
Highlights: The Yellowjackets (13-1) won their first-ever state football crown and ended a "bridesmaid" role with a finals' win over the Blue Dons (13-1). Williamstown had finished as state runner-up the last three seasons, and four of the last five, plus a 1961 runner-up ending before claiming No. 1. Senior running back Cameron Powell, the Player of the Game, carried 29 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Williamstown's only season loss was to Class AA champion Grafton, 37-7. The Yellowjackets defeated Wheeling Central, 14-13 in the semifinals. Central had defeated Williamstown in the previous three title games and won four straight titles and six in the last eight seasons.
West Virginia recap by Doug Huff.
1: Homestead 13, Arrowhead 11
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2: Kimberly 28, Verona 14
Highlights: It was the Jayme Wells show in the Division 2 state championship game as the star senior scored three of the first four touchdowns in the game to help lead Kimberly to back-to-back state titles.
Player of the game: Kimberly all-around athlete Jayme Wells totaled 223 all-purpose yards, scoring three touchdowns by way of a 5-yard run, 34-yard reception and 88-yard kickoff return. To top it off, he also had an interception on defense.
Outstanding underclassman: Defensive back Colten Heagle lead the Kimberly Papermakers in tackles with 12 solo and one assisted tackle.
3: Waupaca 21, Reedsburg 20
Highlights: A failed two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter was all that kept Reedsburg from claiming the Division 3 state title. With a chance to score the go-ahead point and possibly a victory, Reedsburg running back Matt Lennon wasn't able to slip into the endzone, thus giving Waupaca its second state championship win in the last three seasons.
Player of the game: Waupaca running back Michael Solberg rushed 20 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Outstanding underclassman: In a game determined by just one point, Waupaca junior kicker Zach Litchfield proved invaluable connecting on 3 of 3 extra points and contributing to the field position battle by kicking two touchbacks and averaging 57-yards per kickoff.
4: Wautoma/Faith Christian 20, Big Foot 0
Highlights: After running all over opponents all season long the Big Foot Chiefs finally met their match in Wautoma/Faith Christian and their stingy defense. The Chiefs weren't able to get their rushing attack going, managing just 18 yards rushing.
Player of the game: Wautoma/Faith Christian's Jared Abbrederis continued to show why he's one of the state's top athletes by throwing a touchdown, rushing for a touchdown and intercepting two passes while on defense.
Outstanding underclassman: One of the few bright spots for Big Foot, junior defensive end Nathan Nagel was around the ball all day, finishing the game with five solo tackles, one assisted tackle and four tackles for loss.
5: Colby 42, Cedar Grove-Belgium 13
Highlights: Colby jumped out to a 35-0 lead and never looked back with the three-headed monster of Adam Esselman, Josh Hodd and Jordan Rahm combining for 240 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Player of the game: Colby junior all-state running back Adam Esselman finished the game with 19 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also chipped in on defense where he had an interception.
Outstanding underclassman: Esselman might have been the underclassman grabbing the most headlines, but Cedar Grove-Belgium junior linebacker Spencer Jacque quietly tallied 11 solo tackles, one tackles for loss and a pass break-up for the Rockets.
6: Stratford 7, Edgar 3
Highlights: Two costly interceptions doomed Edgar in a hard fought defensive battle between two members of the Marawood Conference.
Player of the game: Stratford running back/defensive back Ryan Schalow. Not only did he score the only touchdown of the game on a 15-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, but he also picked off an Edgar pass late in the fourth quarter to preserve the win and lead Stratford to it's sixth straight Division 6 state title.
Outstanding underclassman: Edgar quarterback/defensive back Justin Sinz. The two-way all-state selection passed for 73 yards, rushed for 41 yards and kicked a 26-yard field goal on offense. He had nine solo tackles, three assisted tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
7: Burlington Catholic Central 37, Hilbert 14
Highlights: Catholic Central used their dangerous spread offense attack to overwhelm Hilbert's defense and keep them guessing all day. Running back Max Vos finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns rushing while quarterback Reese Hartlage had 219 yards and three touchdowns passing.
Player of the game: Catholic Central quarterback Reese Hartlage. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound senior completed 11 of 20 passing attempts for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 11 yards.
Outstanding underclassman: Hilbert junior defensive end Chad Boesch (5-10, 160). The undersized defensive lineman finished the game with six solo tac
Wisconsin recap by Marlin Lee.
5A: Campbell County (Gillette) 23, Green River 21
4A: Douglas 34, Buffalo 21
3A: Glenrock 18, Kemnerer 0
2A: Burns 41, Big Horn 12
1A: Southwest 12, Burlington 0
Highlight: Green River's Colter Reed just missed on a field goal with 12 seconds left that would have won the game for his team. Campbell County was led by running back Logan Pokallis, who carried 32 times for 144 yards.