LITTLE ROCK _ The 2008 Shootout of the South ended with the most dramatic two plays in its four-year history.
Phillip Butterfield hit Josh Proffitt on a touchdown bomb as time ran out and then Lake Hamilton went for two and converted for a 38-37 upset win over Allen (Texas) High in the championship game.
"I pretty much just threw it up there and tried to put it in a spot where he would have a chance to get it," Butterfield said. "It was crazy. It is one of the greatest circumstances ever. I am just glad our coach then let us go for two and the win because that got us the W."
Those game-winning heroics happened after Allen scored with 12 seconds left and Tulsa commit Butterfield (6-3, 190) – who was playing defense – and his teammates had to run the length of the 40-yard field to get the snap off with one second left.
Proffitt, named the outstanding receiver in the event, went up between three defenders and hauled in the pass.
"I was lined up on the inside, saw it coming and thought I might have a chance and just had to go up through two or three guys and make a play," Proffitt said.
It was quite the win for a team that lost in the Class 6A state title game to Texarkana last season – when Butterfield was knocked out in the first quarter - and had gone just 2-3-1 in pool play on Friday.
"Yesterday we started off very slow, but got it going today when it counted the most," Butterfield said. "This is team that has always fought through adversity and we did that today. This is about the most excited I have ever been and it is one of the top moments of my athletic career."
Allen, who had won all 8 of its tournament games up until the championship game and was rarely even headed, could have gone for two and run out the running clock.
But their players – who because of Texas rules can't have coaches on the field during the games- inexplicably jogged off the field and took the one-point conversion instead.
"They should have been a little bit smarter than that, but I have to say we did it a few times in this tournament as well," Butterfield said. "They gave us a shot and we took advantage of it."
Allen had downed Shiloh 41-23 and Lake Hamilton topped Heritage Hall 29-13 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
Fayetteville, Rogers, Miami (Okla.) and Little Rock Hall rounded out the top 8 in the 20-team event.
Due to rain on Friday night, the tournament was turned into a single-elimination format for Saturday's action instead of having regional play and then the brackets.
Russellville 7, Pulaski Academy JV 4
American Heritage 34, Warren 21
Fountain Lake 45, Arkansas Baptist 28
2nd round games
Heritage Hall 23, Magnolia 13
Little Rock Hall 23, CAC 13
Shiloh Christian 30, Springdale 14
Miami 30, Hot Springs Lakeside 14
Rogers 32, Fountain Lake 23
Lake Hamilton 34, Pulaski Academy 22
Fayetteville 30, American Heritage 16
Allen 21, CAC 14
Allen 21, Little Rock Hall 14
Shiloh 22, Fayetteville 21
Heritage Hall 36, Rogers 28
Lake Hamilton 30, Miami 27
Allen 41, Shiloh 23
Lake Hamilton 29, Heritage Hall 13
Lake Hamilton 38, Allen 37
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