Maryville falls in class 6A title game, 36-35

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mark Dodson found an open lane to the right and rushed in for an overtime two-point conversion, giving Whitehaven a 36-35 victory over Maryville in the Class 6A championship Saturday night.

It's the first championship for the Tigers (15-0).

Dodson's conversion followed his 1-yard TD run to cut the lead to 35-34. Dodson finished with 318 yards and five TDs on 34 carries.

The loss is the first for Maryville (14-1) since 2010, ending a streak of 43 straight wins, including over Whitehaven in last year's title game.

Maryville's Nick Myers threw a 14-yard TD pass to T.J. Kimble with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. After a successful two-point conversion was negated for an ineligible receiver penalty, Miguel McNelly's point-after kick tied it 28-all.

Whitehaven drove deep into Maryville territory on the ensuing drive, but Dodson was brought down short of the goal line, allowing the clock to expire.


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