COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The state championship drought in Monroe City is over.
Defensive back Nehemiah Batsell made an interception in the end zone with 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Monroe City football team chewed eight minutes off the clock before giving up the ball.
Dawson Shively's interception then sealed a 12-7 victory to win the Class 1 state championship game over Ste. Geneveive Valle Saturday at Faurot Field. It's Monroe City's first state championship since 1996 and third in program history.
Monroe City (15-0) didn't take its first lead until Gage Bottoms punched in a 6-yard touchdown with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter to give the Panthers a 12-7 lead.
After the teams traded possessions, Valle drove inside the 10-yard line and eventually faced a fourth down and goal from the 4-yard line. Quarterback Mason Skaggs threw a pass into the right corner intended for Tyler Blum, but Batsell took the ball out of Blum's grasp for a touchback.
Valle (12-2) had three turnovers. Cole Pennewell also blocked a Valle punt.
The Warriors had the opening touchdown on Carter Roth's 23-yard run with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter. Monroe City answered with Pennewell's 35-yard run with 9:41 left in the second quarter to trim the deficit to 7-6.
That score remained into halftime.
This story will be updated.