Deonte Trigger caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in overtime and gained 111 yards rushing to help lead the Kendrick Comets to the Clayton County Middle School Championship Thursday at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Kendrick, last year's runner-up to Lovejoy, beat North Clayton 20-14 to capture the 2004 county title.
"It was an exciting game," Kendrick head coach Kim Braswell said. "North Clayton's got an excellent football team; they're well-coached. I can't say enough about them."
The game was tied at 14-all at the end of regulation.
North Clayton began the overtime period with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Frederick Barnes to La'Robert Smith but the play was called back on a penalty.
Two plays later, Kendrick's Bernard Crawford intercepted a Barnes pass.
On second-and-goal from the 13, Trigger caught the winning touchdown pass from Michael Adams.
"When we got that interception, I was very confident," Braswell said. "We had some great defense tonight."
Kendrick stuffed North Clayton's running game in the first half, allowing just one yard on the ground.
North Clayton managed just 66 rushing yards in the entire contest.
The Tigers fared better with their passing game as Barnes completed 8 of 17 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Paul Lane caught four passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
Kendrick took an early lead, driving 45 yards on its opening possession. The 11-play drive culminated in a 25-yard touchdown run by Trigger. Kenrick took an 8-0 lead when Michael Adams completed a pass to Byron Graham for the 2-point conversion.
With about three minutes remaining in the second quarter, North Clayton recovered a Kendrick fumble.
Six plays later, Barnes threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Lane.
North Clayton took the lead with five seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Barnes and Lane connected again for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Kendrick answered on its next possession when Reed Courtland scored on a 13-yard run.
Late in the game, North Clayton drove to the Kendrick 9-yard line but the drive stalled.
Two plays later, Kendrick fumbled and Barnes recovered for North Clayton at the 7-yard line with 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Kendrick's defense held, sending the game into overtime.
"We overcame our mistakes with our defense," Braswell said. "I've never seen a defense play with more heart. Those little fellows got after it."
Kendrick 20, North Clayton 14
8 0 0 6 6 ? 20
0 6 8 0 0 ? 14
K n Deonte Trigger 10 run 3:47 (Michael Adams to Byron Graham pass)
N n Frederick Barnes to Paul Lane 21 pass 1:16 (run failed)
N n Barnes to Lane 27 pass :05 (Kanavis Glass run)
K n Reed Courtland 13 run 7:17 (run failed)
K n Adams to Trigger 13 pass