Williamstown beats St. Marys 33-32 in 3OT in Class A championship game


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WHEELING, West Virginia — Williamstown's Dakota Watson threw a touchdown pass in the third overtime and the Yellowjackets stopped St. Marys' 2-point conversion attempt after a score on the ensuing possession to beat the top-seeded Blue Devils 33-32 for the Class A championship Saturday night.

Sixth-seeded Williamstown (12-2) earned the second championship in school history. The other one came in 2008. The Yellowjackets had lost five times in the championship game since 2003.

In the third overtime, Watson threw a 27-yard scoring toss to Hunter Neely. The extra point kick put Williamstown ahead 33-26.

Corey Stewart scored on a 2-yard run on St. Marys' possession and the Blue Devils decided to go for a 2-point conversion. But Jeremy Pratt was stopped short of the goal line.

Watson finished with 116 rushing yards and three TDs and threw for 73 yards and one score.

Top-seeded St. Marys (13-1) made its first championship-game appearance. St. Marys coach Jodi Mote recently returned from a stroke suffered during the regular season.

St. Marys surged ahead 20-0 after the first quarter but didn't score again in regulation. Watson scored on a 2-yard run on fourth down with 7:57 left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 20-20.

In the first overtime, Watson ran four straight times and scored on another 2-yard TD run, but the extra-point kick failed. Stewart's 1-yard run for St. Marys tied it and the extra-point kick was blocked.

Neither team scored in the second overtime.

St. Marys and Williamstown are about 20 miles apart. Both play in the Little Kanawha Conference. St. Marys beat Williamstown 20-18 in the regular season.

Williamstown had reached the championship game by beating No. 2 Tug Valley, while St. Marys defeated No. 4 Clay-Battelle.

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