Before the season, Madison Academy head football coach Eric Cohu told i4sportsonline, “We focus on forward looking. We’ve celebrated the championship; now it’s time to turn the page. We’re looking at 2013.”
Well, that focus resulted in a school-best 15-win undefeated season and second straight 3A state championship.
The Mustangs got out of the blocks quickly with a season-opening 48-6 win over defending 2A state champion Tanner. The Rattlers, though, recovered nicely from the blowout loss to win their second straight state title in December.
For Madison Academy, that was their signature style for the season.
The Mustangs rolled through their schedule with some reserves seeing as much playing time as the starters.
They had strong senior leadership from lineman Frank Williams and linebackers Taylor Ziak and Jamie Marshall.
But their strength was in the underclassmen – particularly Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller.
The duo – Johnson a junior and Miller a sophomore – played key roles on offense and defense in helping the Mustangs pile up huge offensive numbers while keeping the opposition at bay.
The Mustangs dominated Region 8, outscoring their seven opponents by a 347-64 margin. In non-region play, MA beat Cullman, the No. 10-ranked 5A team, 28-10 and dropped Central of Clay County 14-7, the 7th-ranked 4A team. The Mustangs handed Central the first loss on their home field.
And it prepared the Mustangs for what awaited them in the playoffs and the eventual 31-14 win over Leeds to repeat as state championships.
So, on to 2014 …