JACKSON — Mission complete.
Behind the play of Rayf Vinson and a stingy defense Madison-Ridgeland Academy got past Jackson Academy 41-14 to claim the MAIS Class 6A State Championship for the second consecutive year at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon and cap off an undefeated season.
It is the Patriots (12-0) fourth state title in school history.
“This is awesome and a dream come true for this group,” said MRA head coach Herbert Davis. “I cannot thank these seniors enough for working and trying to keep our program. Going back to back definitely puts us where we want to be and now we’ve got to keep going.”
Jackson Academy would score the games first touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Jackson Conn to Marcus Harris with 3:23 left in the first quarter to give the Raiders a 7-0.
After that is was all MRA.
The Patriots would score 21 points in the second quarter.
Quarterback Zach Beasley scored MRA’s first touchdown on a 13-yard run with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
Rayf Vinson gave MRA the lead at 14-7 on a 1-yard with 6:12 remaining.
With eight seconds left before halftime Beasley connected with Tylor Latham to put the Patriots up 21-7.
Vinson had a 15-yard run with 5:54 left in the third quarter to extend the MRA lead to 28-7.
On the Patriots next possession Beasley hit Ty Brooks on a 40-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 34-7 with 1:44 left.
Beasley finished the game 12-of-27 for 200 yards with two touchdowns for MRA.
Vinson added a 22-yard touchdown run with 3:01 left in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots up 41-14 and seal the win.
“What a game he had,” Davis said. “He’s a senior and what a way to go out and he brought it all today.”
Vinson, a Navy commit, had 197 yards rushing on 21 carries with three touchdowns to lead MRA.
“Offensive line was unbelievable and if wasn’t for them I couldn’t have done that,” Vinson said. “This is amazing feeling going back to back and it’s what every kid dreams and just a blessing.”
The MRA defense held JA to just 217 yards of total offense.
“Game planned all week and we knew we had to stop their running back. He’s a really good player,” said MRA linebacker Stone Blanton. “We had to make our reads, we weren’t selfish and we went out here and do our job.”
Harris had a 5-yard touchdown run for Jackson Academy and finished with 90 yards rushing to lead the Raiders.
Conn, a Mississippi State baseball signee, had 108 yards passing with a touchdown for JA (10-4), who was in the state title game for the first time since 2013.
“MRA is really good and they deserve all the credit,” said Jackson Academy coach Lance Pogue. “We had opportunity early in the first half to make plays and didn’t. We are ahead of schedule as far as building this program back and I told the kids are best is yet to come.”