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SHEPHERDSVILLE — It was a wild one in the Pee Wee championship game on Saturday.
However, in the end, it was the Maryville Patriots who completed its three-peat.
In fact, the 52-33 shootout win over the Mount Washington Colts capped off three consecutive undefeated seasons for the Patriots.
On Saturday, it was literally a case of however had the ball last would probably be in a position to win.
Nate Johnson, who had over 2,000 yards rushing on the season, finished in style with seven touchdowns and two extra point runs.
The offensive skills of both teams had the fans shaking their heads.
On its first drive, Johnson scored from one yard out for his first touchdown. He then scored the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
Three plays later, Matthew Snawder scored from the 5-yard line to make it 7-6.
After Hunter Chapman recovered a fumble, the Colts were back in business and Snawder scored on the very first play from 28 yards out. Mitchell Langley’s run gave the Colts a 13-7 lead with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
On its next drive, Maryville came back as Johnson scored from the 15 yard line and Derek Downing scored the extra point to retake a 14-13 lead.
Patriot Andrew Ahl recovered a Colt fumble and Johnson covered 30 yards on the next play with 2:15 left in the opening quarter. Clayton Hill converted the extra point for a 21-13 lead.
After a couple of defensive holds, the Patriot defense came up with its biggest stop as the Colt drive ended at the 5. On the very next play, Johnson got free en route to a 65-yard touchdown run and a 27-13 lead.
Don’t count the Colts out as Kameron Hinkley got his team on the scoreboard from 37 yards out with 4:03 left in the first half.
Johnson got another touchdown with 1:34 left in the first half from four yards out and then scored the extra point for a 34-19 advantage.
Safe? No way.
On the next play, Langley scored from 40 yards out to bring the Colts to within 34-25.
However, Johnson had one more big play as he took the kickoff and ran 40 yards for the touchdown and a 40-25 halftime lead.
Each defense settled down in the second half.
Mount Washington got to within a single score on its opening drive of the third quarter.
Zach Kessler scored from a yard out on the quarterback keeper with 6:46 left in the third period. Kessler than hit Steven Brown for the two-point pass.
It wasn’t until the 6:05 mark left in the game that Maryville would put its next touchdown on the board.
From 26 yards out, Johnson hit the end zone for the 46-33 lead.
With 2:52 left, Downing got a touchdown from 8 yards out for the final 52-33 margin.
“What a game,” said Patriot head coach Jim Hudgins. “What a season.”
After losing a lot of players off last year’s team, Hudgins felt the team had a lot of holes to fill.
But with a solid left side of the offensive line and with Johnson, Hudgins felt the team would get better as the season went along.
“We didn’t talk a lot about it,” Hudgins said of the undefeated streak. “It just worked out.”
In Johnson, Hudgins said there is no finer athlete and no better person.
“He’s awesome,” said Hudgins. “He’s a straight A student and an outstanding kid.”
At halftime, he said a few adjustments were made but he wasn’t concerned with the high-scoring game.
“I thought we could outscore anyone,” said Hudgins.
Colt head coach Fred Henry told his team that he expected a scoring shootout.
He said a 9-2 season was exceptional and the players should be very proud of their accomplishments.
Johnson had 282 yards on the day and Downing added 35 yards to account for the touchdown and extra point.
On defense, Johnson led the way with 13 stops, followed by nine from Trent Waltenburg. Clark Dillon had eight stops, while Andrew Ahl, Tyler Harris and Downing had seven tackles.
Matthew Cummings and Hill each had five stops and Trenton Stetson and Jacob Darnell had three apiece. Andrew Brown had two tackles and Jordan Matherly and Michael Mitchell each had one.
Other team members included Devin Boston, Brian Childress, Brett Heimann, Tyler Hurst, Jared Jacobs, Jonathan Mclung, Zack Miller, Jacob Neal, Dakota Plyman, Jay Rawlings, Evan Rodgers, Matthew Rodgers, Trey Salings and Dodge Vance.
Patriot assistant coaches were Danny Downing, Nate Johnson, Brian Morrison and David Hurst.
For the Colts, Langley and Snawder led a very productive offense. Langley carried 10 times for 116 yards and a touchdown and an extra point. He also caught a pass from Kessler for 9 yards.
Snawder carried 19 times and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
Nathan Sneed had two carries for seven yards.
Kessler hit all three of his passes for 12 yards and scored a touchdown.
Hinkley had 44 yards on only three carries for a touchdown. He also caught a pass.
Brown also caught a pass for three yards and had an extra point.
On defense, Mount Washington was led by eight tackles by Snawder and Brown. Joseph Ridener had seven tackles. Daniel Mantell had five stops and Hunter Chapman had four.
Hinkley had three stops and a pair of tackles were turned in by Langley, Adam Wheeler, Jordan Rehm, Chase Carpenter and Jared Melton. Grant Hatter, Kessler and Sneed each had a tackle.
Other Colts included Logan Henry, Matt Wheeler, Kody Duerk, Jacob Orr, Jared Burton, Austin Smith, John Wheeler, Brandon Freeman, Justin Douthat, Kaleb Raney, Casey Stengel, Tony Polichetti, Jacob Carter, Jared Carter, Hunter Pollard, Dakota Smith, Jaren Hayden, Jordan Rogers, Zach Winans, Logan Calhoun, Chace Vires and Dylan Calhoun.
Colt assistant coaches included Billy Cross, Dan Walker and Tony Burton.