|Madison players celebrate win. |
Photo courtesy UT San Diego.
The Warhawks beat Marin Catholic High School of Kentfield, Calif., 38-35, to bring home the state crown for the first time in the school's 50 years.
“The Warhawks have made the school very proud," said Principal Richard Nash. "They have left a lasting mark on the schools 50th year anniversary by distinguishing themselves as champion athletes.”
The team excelled after a rough first quarter, coming back from a 21-0 deficit. The Warhawks stepped up the tempo in the second and third quarters, and ultimately maintained the pace in the fourth quarter, to keep the Wildcats at bay. The Warhawks leave their mark on the school's 50-year history by distinguishing themselves as state champions. This is the second time in three years that the Warhawks have played in the State Bowl, and the first time in the school's history.
“This has been an incredible season for the Warhawks," said Head Coach Rick Jackson. "Our students have come together on offense, defense and special teams to work together and capture the championship title. The team has demonstrated exceptional talent and perseverance.”
To be eligible for the State Championship Bowl, teams must have been the champions of their CIF division and win the Regional State Bowl game. Madison was selected for the Regional Bowl game based on the team’s season win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, and common opponents.
"The Warhawks have made us proud this year," said Jackson. "They are an exceptional team with the talent and skill that has distinguished them as state champions. The team received tremendous community support. This championship win would not have been possible without the contributions of Madison staff, families and the community. "
The Warhawks have earned previous distinctions for their athletic accomplishments, including Rick Jackson being cited as 2009 CIF Coach of the Year for all divisions. Madison has sent many players into the NCAA Division I ranks, including Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse, who was named National Running Back of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com in November 2010.