ORLANDO – The Madison County Cowboys (13-1) are back-to-back state champions after a 48-6 blowout of Baker (13-1) on a picture-perfect afternoon at Camping World Stadium.
It was Madison County’s fourth state championship in school history. All-world prospects Vinsonta Allen and Travis Jay combined for 325 yards rushing and four touchdowns to boost the Cowboys along with a suffocating defense that contained Baker’s Offense to just 180 yards of total offense.
Coming into the game, the Gators had averaged 385 yards per game in that category. The Cowboys entered the contest on an 8-game winning streak on the strength of a 24-0 shutout of the state’s most-prolific offense in all of Class 1A in Hawthorne.
BY THE NUMBERS:
First Downs: Baker (10), Madison County (9)
Time of Possession: Baker (31:05) / Madison County (16:55)
Total plays: Baker (52-180), Madison County (37-429)
Penalties: Baker (10-65), Madison County (9-89)
BAKER HIGH SCHOOL (13-1)
40 – The number of points Baker averaged per game this season. The Gators managed just 6. The reason why? Players like Madison County’s Marcus Ghent. The 5-10/165 senior entered the contest with 121 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, as well as 9.5 sacks on the season. Ghent finished the game with 9 tackles and
2.5 of those for loss. He combined with Melvin Brown, Vinsonta Allen, and Jarod Johnson for 1.5 sacks, with 6.5 of those for losses.
334.5 – The number of rushing yards per game. The Gators finished with 115. Baker’s lowest rushing total as a team this season was 242 yards.
238 – The yards RB Junior McLaughlin averaged per game this season. He finished with 61. McLaughlin’s lowest game was 156 yards this season.
437.5 – Average All-Purpose yards for Baker. They finished with 250 on the afternoon. The Gators were held to less than 300 yards just twice this season, but still won those games by an average score of 30-7.
MADISON COUNTY (13-1)
325 – The number of yards ATH Travis Jay and RB Vinsonta Allen combined for in the game.
182 – The number of yards they averaged during the season combined.
8.5 – The number of yards per carry Jay and Allen averaged during the season.
18.6 – The number of yards per carry Jay and Allen averaged on Thursday afternoon.
41 – The number of unanswered points by Madison County after giving up an early TD.