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Mark Dodson Jr., Whitehaven

Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.) (15-0) nipped Maryville (Tenn.) 36-35 in overtime on Saturday night to win its first Class 6A state football championship. The loss ended a 43-game winning streak for the Rebels, who had captured the last two state titles and nine in the previous 12 years.

Mark Dodson Jr. showed why he was named Gatorade State Player of the Year by scoring the winning two-point conversion following his two-yard touchdown run in overtime. He finished with 318 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries to earn offensive MVP honors.

Dodson, who has committed to the University of Mississippi, scored the winning PAT on a smokestack formation, with three backs lined up directly behind the quarterback.

"Biggest moment of my career," Dodson told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "That was a new formation we just put in this week for situations like this."

*Greenwood (Ark.) rallied from a 28-14 deficit to defeat Pine Bluff 51-44 and win the Class 6A state football title on Saturday night before a crowd of 8,142. It gave the Bulldogs (14-0) their second consecutive state championship and raised their winning streak to 38 games.

The Fort Smith Times-Record reported that Greenwood's seven overall titles are tied for No. 2 in state history and its winning streak is No. 3.

MVP Drew Morgan showed his versatility by running for 83 yards and two touchdowns, catching four passes for 87 yards and one touchdown, returning three kickoffs for 55 yards and making nine tackles and one interception. Quarterback Jabe Burgess completed 14 of 22 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns, while Austin Harris made four catches for 166 yards and one touchdown.

*Madison (N.J.) used an outstanding defensive effort to run its winning streak to 36 games with a 46-21 victory over Bernards (Bernardsville) during the Group II sectional semifinals.