Madison Academy rushed for 364 yards en route to a 31-14 win over Leeds Thursday as the Mustangs rolled to its second straight Class 3A state football championship.
The Mustangs (15-0) also closed a perfect season as Coach Eric Cohu registered his 100th career win. Cohu (100-21) saw his team win their 25th straight win – as well s giving Madison Academy a state title won at Jordan-Hare Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium over the last two seasons.
Class 3A championship game MVP Malik Miller, a husky 6-foot, 225-pound sophomore, churned out 168 yards rushing on 20 carries. He scored twice on runs of 1 and 20 yards. He also had a 43-yard non-scoring run. Junior running back Kerryon Johnson added 93 yards on seven carries and scored the game’s first touchdown on a dazzling 43-yard touchdown run. LaMarkus Martin also had 78 yards on 13 attempts and a 3-yard TD run to close out the scoring with three minutes remaining in the final quarter. Nathan Geis kicked four extra points and a 45-yard field goal.
Leeds junior quarterback Tadarryl Marshall led Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave (12-3) with 139 yards rushing on 25 carries and completed 11-of-23 passes for 147 yards and one TD. Jacoby Lockhart hauled in four catches for 64 yards and one TD covering 28 yards. His score cut the Mustangs lead to 21-14 with 50 seconds left in the third period. Tre Nation also scored on a 1-yard run in the third period.
DeAngelo Webster had nine tackles, Tyler Wright and Adam Mitchell added seven stops each. Isaiah Sharp-Perry also made an interception to pace the Leeds defense.
Taylor Ziak’s 11 tackles led the Mustangs defense. Logan Hamlett add nine stops and Nicholas Tomlinson had eight. Madison Academy had the three sacks and seven tackles for losses.