BH-BL had another potential scoring drive stopped before it could reach the end zone early in the fourth quarter. The Spartans got to Sweet Home's 10-yard line before the Panthers defense stiffened again. This time, Sweet Home sacked Layton on fourth-and-long back at its 20-yard line to regain the ball.
Again, BH-BL's defense wouldn't allow Sweet Home to run away with the victory. Junior defensive back Tanner Sellers intercepted Kacz's pass and returned it to Sweet Home's 27-yard line. Two plays later, Vuillaume found an opening and rushed for a 16-yard touchdown to pull the Spartans back within seven points with 6:26 left.
Any hope for a BH-BL comeback ended after that, though. Sweet Home engineered a drive that ate up the rest of the clock and both of the Spartans' remaining timeouts to seal its first state title.
"Sweet Home is obviously an outstanding champion, and so are our own kids in their own right," said Shell.
BH-BL graduates most of its starters from this year's team, but Layton said he hoped the younger players will step up for another run at the state title in 2009.
"It was a great opportunity and a great experience for me," said Layton.""