Battle reaches state championship in just second season

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COLUMBIA - Battle's varsity football team is headed to the Division 5 state championship game. After finishing 5-4 in its inaugural season, the Spartans have a chance to win the title in just their second season. 

Led by running backs Nash Sutherland and Marshall Willingham, Battle marched through the regular season with a 7-4 record. After beating Washington and Waynesville in the first two playoff games, the Spartans knocked off district powerhouse Camdenton to keep their playoff run alive.

Battle then defeated Fort Zumwalt North and Fort Zumwalt East to advance to the semifinals against Ladue. After three straight single-digit victories, Battle sealed its position in the championship game with a commanding 34-6 win over the Rams.

Battle High School has only been in existence for two years and its football team consists primarily of students that originally went to Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School.

The Spartans have been able to find a winning combination and look to seal an improbable playoff run with a state championship.

Battle will play Nixa on Nov. 28 for the title. The game will take place at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.