A goal-line stand in the final seconds of the fourth quarter leads to an overtime victory.
Another overtime victory comes after a comeback from a two-touchdown deficit.
And, of course, a hitch-and-pitch pass play produces a touchdown on the last play of the game.
Yes, several nail-biting finishes decided conference championships during the 2013 high school football season.
Big 8 Conference
After leading most of the game, Carl Junction needed a touchdown on the final play to pull out a 50-46 victory over Lamar on Oct. 4 in Lamar.
The Tigers trailed 20-0 after one quarter and 37-24 after three quarters before touchdown runs by Levi Petersen and Ethan Taffner gave Lamar its first lead 38-37 midway through the fourth quarter.
Dustin Satterlee’s 15-yard run completed an 80-yard drive that put Carl Junction back on top 43-38, but the Tigers answered with a 61-yard drive capped by Petersen’s 10-yard pass to Brett McDonald with 54 seconds left. Jared Beshore then hit Taffner with the 2-point conversion pass for a 46-43 lead.
With 10.4 seconds left Carl Junction faced third down-and-4 from the Lamar 48. Satterlee completed a pass to Tanner McMurtrey at the 35, and McMurtrey pitched the ball back to Keynan Scheurich who ran the final 35 yards for a touchdown as time expired.
Satterlee passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. Matt Magee had 120 receiving yards, including a 65-yard TD catch.
Lamar had three 100-yard rushers – Petersen (181), Taffner (146) and Danny Embry (116).
The Bulldogs went on to win the seventh Big 8 Conference title in school history and the first unbeaten league record since 1989.
Lamar did not lose another game en route to finishing second in the league and winning its third straight Class 2 state championship.
COC Large Division
Webb City’s goal-line stand sent the game into overtime, and Tyson Roderique’s 25-yard pass to Kiante Hardin on the Cardinals’ first play in overtime gave them a 27-24 victory over Nixa on Sept. 27 in Nixa.
But before overtime, Webb City’s long conference-game winning streak was in jeopardy. The Cardinals and Eagles were tied 21-21 when Nixa had a first down just inside the Webb City 10 late in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles were inside the 1 on fourth down and chose to go for the touchdown rather than kick a potential game-winning field goal. However, quarterback Jacob Karlson was stopped short of the goal line.
Nixa had first possession in overtime and took the lead on Logan Tyler’s 35-yard field goal. Roderique then hit Hardin on a fade pattern for the game-winning score.
The Cardinals went on to win the Central Ozark Conferenc Large Division championship and their fourth straight Class 4 state crown. Webb City has won or shared league titles —Southwest Conference or COC Large — for the last 17 years.