Two schools very familiar with one another squared off for the GISA AAA state championship.
It's Westfield versus Stratford at Mercer Stadium.
In the first quarter, Stratford got on the board with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Eagle's quarterback Jonathan Mitchell to Jonathan Hefner who caught it in stride. Eagles took the lead 7-0.
Hornets trailed 10-0 until the opening play of the second quarter, Josh Jenkins capped off an 80-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown run. Stratford led 10-7.
Eagles answered back with another Jonathan-to- Jonathan connection, (Mitchell to Hefner) touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. It's 17-7 home team.
Just before the half, the Hornets scored back-to- back touchdowns. The first, a Ryan Fitzpatrick QB sneak. The second, Fitzpatrick to Giles Amos, and it's 24-21 at intermission.
The Hornets and Eagles responded with touchdowns to move the score to 34-31. The Eagles' tying field goal was blocked, which moved the Hornets to their own 20.
As the 4th quarter neared an end, the Eagles had a chance to toss one into the end zone but couldn't hold onto a pass, which forced a turnover on fourth down.
The fourth down turnover gave Westfield the ball with less than two minutes to go in the game. They hung onto the ball to close out the game.
Westfield pulled it off and won its first state football championship. Coach Ronnie Jones has been waiting on this one for 20 years.