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Spears snags his big opportunity

Posted: December 9, 2012 at 3:09 a.m.

Harding Academy won its fifth state championship and its first since 2002. It was the Wildcats’ eighth state final appearance.

Harding Academy quarterback Will Francis made a perfect throw to Caleb Spears on a 12-yard hitch route, and the senior’s instincts kicked in.

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Sports, Pages 28 on 12/09/2012

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Stuttgart players (from left) Drelon Ice, Jorden Dorset, Waymon Johnson, Dontrell Brown and Carlin Warren rush onto the field to accept the Class 4A state championship trophy after defeating Ozark 28-7 on Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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Harding Academy’s Caleb Spears (center) runs between Glen Rose’s Tyler Lewis (right) and Collin Hunter (12) to score the go-ahead touchdown with six seconds remaining in Saturday’s Class 3A championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Glen Rose scored to take a 45-42 lead with 1:11 remaining before the Wildcats drove 73 yards in seven plays for the winning score.

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