Chaminade Madonna lineman Jake Hoffman dances after defeating King’s Academy in their 3A State Finals football game Saturday. tipped pass and returned it to the Chaminade 13-yard line. Quarterback Justin Wake tossed a 14-yard pass to a wide-open Cory Croteau to give King’s the early lead, stunning the Chaminade sideline and fans.
King’s went further ahead on a 37-yard field goal by Bernie Cueto, but Chaminade took control of the game from there.
Miami Hurricanes commit Te’cory Couch intercepted a pass from Wake, and Chaminade went on a seven-play scoring drive to get on the board. Couch finished the game with a pair of interceptions.
“It was huge,” Jones said. “It was huge, just because it changed the momentum … and we needed that spark at that moment.”
Said Couch: “Offense scored right after the interception. We knew it was on from there.”
Willie Davis, starting for injured running back and Miami Hurricanes commit Thad Franklin, scored a pair of first-half touchdowns from 13 and 14 yards out, giving Chaminade the lead
shortly before halftime. Davis finished the game with 83 rushing yards.
“(The first touchdown) was everything,” Davis said. “We started off sluggish. But the type of team we are.
“We always start off slow, but once we hit a big play, we just keep scoring.”
Chaminade stepped on the gas in the second half, scoring on the first play from scrimmage on a 71-yard pass from quarterback Daelen Menard to Elijah Canion. Menard tossed a second touchdown pass to Penn State commit John Dunmore late in the third quarter.
Menard wrapped up his final game with 218 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
In the closing seconds, the Lions’ Deidrick Stanley returned a punt 36 yards for the final score, clinching Chaminade’s second title in two years.
“Yeha, it feels different,” Jones said. “Last year was the first. This year is kind of like, all right, it’s for them and the ChaminadeMadonna community. … I’m just happy for them.”