The Falcons lost Larry Lambeth, a four-year starter at linebacker, to injury in the final minutes, and Davis took advantage of his absence.
“We had to try to get other guys in there and compensate for that, but it's hard to substitute for Larry,” Franklin said. “He's a very strong part of our defense.”
Still, after a Millwood punt pinned the Wolves inside their own 1-yard line with 5:46 to play, trailing 32-21, it looked like Millwood had a hand on the gold ball.
Davis quarterback Blake Summers engineered a 99-yard drive in just over three minutes, and the Wolves recovered the ensuing onside kick. Davis needed just five plays to go 49 yards for the game-winning touchdown, Summers' third of the night.
Summers finished with 197 yards, while Ruth, a senior who had already experienced two championship game losses, added 167 yards and two touchdowns.
“We just could never give up. We've been that way all year,” said Summers, who felt the pain of last year's loss to Oklahoma Christian in the 2A finals. “We haven't quit fighting. Our offensive line did amazing.
“Last year was just awful. And this year, I'm on top of a mountain right now. It's awesome.”