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
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.