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Pulaski Academy wins 5A championship

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 6, 2008 at 9:40 p.m.

Spencer Keith set a state record for yards passing in a season, and Pulaski Academy held off Helena-West Helena 35-32 Saturday night to win the Class 5A championship.

Keith threw for 244 yards, most of it in the first half as the Bruins built a 35-12 lead. They were shut out in the second half but managed to run the final 5:18 off the clock to secure the win.

Keith threw for 5,308 yards this season, breaking Thomas Thrash's mark of 5,272 set in 2001. Thrash also played for Pulaski Academy.

Helena-West Helena (12-1-1) beat the Bruins in the season opener 46-29. Pulaski Academy (13-1) didn't lose again.

PULASKI ACADEMY 35, HELENA-WEST HELENA 32

Pulaski Academy 19 16 0 0 - 35

Helena-West Helena 6 6 14 6 - 32

First Quarter

PA-Daniel 15 run (Barlow pass from Keith), 11:11.

PA-Barlow 23 pass from Keith (McKnight pass from Keith), 4:11.

PA-FG Wyatt 27, :02.

HWH-Goldsberry 46 kickoff return (pass failed), :00. Second Quarter

PA-Keith 30 run (McKnight pass from Keith), 10:26.

HWH-Johnson 18 run (pass failed), 7:51.

PA-Barlow 2 pass from Keith (Barlow pass from Keith), :15. Third Quarter

HWH-North 5 pass from Johnson (pass failed), 1:33.

HWH-Williams 14 run (Burrell pass from Williams), 1:16. Fourth Quarter

HWH-Burrell 34 pass from Johnson (pass failed), 5:18.

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