CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Newman Williams’ spectacular 41-yard touchdown run helped Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Bellevue 42-21 Saturday for the Division III state football championship.
The Fighting Irish (13-2) won their fifth title, and their first since 1988.
Williams’ run, on a fake punt, was the highlight. The 215-pound junior rumbled 20 yards around the left end, broke three tackles and carried a defender the final 5 yards to score.
Seconds later, Williams intercepted a pass at his own 47. Five plays later, he scored from 5 yards to make it 35-14.
Perris Campbell ran for 165 yards and three TD’s for the Irish.
Jalen Santoro had TD passes of 27, 13 and 27 yards for Bellevue (13-2), in its first title game.