Nanih Waiya scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat Resurrection 36-32 in the 1A South State Championship Game on Friday night at Warrior Stadium.
The Eagles, which led 32-20 with 10 minutes left in regulation, finished 7-7.
Resurrection had a chance to win in the closing minutes. The Eagles reached the Warriors’ 25-yard-line, but fumbled. Nanih Waiya recovered and ran out the clock to clinch a berth in the state title game.
“It was a tough one,” Eagles coach Scott Sisson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the seniors. They won 11 playoff games, made the South state championship game twice and reached the state championship game.”
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Resurrection took a 12-6 first quarter lead on Jerry Johnson’s two-yard touchdown run and a 65-yard TD pass from Blake Porter to Patrick Lee.
Nanih Waiya scored in the second quarter to tie the game at 12-12.
The Eagles regained a 19-12 third quarter lead on Porter’s 33 yard TD pass to Patrick Roth.
Johnson’s three-yard TD run in the fourth quarter extended the Eagles’ lead to 25-12. After the Warriors made it 25-20, Porter threw a 71-yard TD pass to Lee for a 32-20 Eagles lead.
Hollandale-Simmons will face the unbeaten Warriors (15-0) in the 1A state championship game at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1 at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.