The second time was the charm as Madison Academy beat Fayette County 31-7 for the Class 3A crown.
The Mustangs (13-2) reached the Class 3A finals in 2011 – falling to Handley 20-14 in a game that went right down to the wire. This time Coach Eric Cohu’s team left little suspense as sophomore Kerryon Johnson scored two first-half touchdowns to lead Madison Academy to the school’s first-ever state football title.
Charles Trach booted a Super 6 Class 3A record 43-yard field goal on the first series of the game to give the Mustangs a quick 3-0 lead. Johnson then scored two touchdowns – first on a 35 yard run with 8:15 left in the half and the other on a 68-yard interception return four minutes later.
Fayette County got on the scoreboard 23 seconds before intermission when Marcellus Redmont scored from the 2 to climax a 13-play, 67-yard drive.
The combination of Johnson, who finished as the 3A championship game’s leading rusher with 135 yards on 25 carries, and fullback Malik Miller wore the Tigers’ defense down in the second half. Johnson added a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:45 to play to extend Madison Academy’s lead to 24-7. Miller, who had 121 yards on 14 carries, ran 6 yards with 2:36 left to close out the scoring.
The Mustangs finished with 281 yards rushing and limited Fayette County (12-3) to just 60 yards on the ground and 140 yards total. Redmond, Coach Lance Tucker’s talented quarterback, was sacked five times for 33 yards in losses. He completed 7-of-21 passes but was picked off by Johnson twice and by Damiene Pam once.
La’Markus Martin had two sacks for 18 yards in losses and Garrett Lindsey had 1.5 for another 12 negative yards. Miller led the Mustangs defense with eight tackles and Logan Hamlett had seven.
JaTevin Madison, the Fayette County MVP, had 10 tackles. Omar Smith also had 10 stops and Darnell Williams six with three resulting in losses.