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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.”

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