Follow along as the Baker Gators play for the state championship against Madison County at Camp World Stadium in Orlando. The game begins at 12 p.m. CST
FINAL: Madison County 48, Baker 6
Cowboy tailback Vinsonta Allen opened the final quarter the same way he opened the third: A big run. Allen was downed at the 2 where Patrick Hampton ran untouched into the end zone for a 38-6 lead.
Madison County added a final touchdown after Baker muffed a kickoff return and set up the Cowboys at the Gators’ 25.
Baker finishes as 1A runners-up for the second time in the past three seasons.
THIRD QUARTER: Madison County 31, Baker 6
Cowboy tailback Vinsonta Allen broke off his second big run of the game on Madison County’s second play of the second half, racing up the middle for a 61-yard touchdown to put Baker in 21-6 hole.
Madison County made it 28-6 midway through the period on Travis Jay’s 68-yard quarterback keeper.
The Cowboys tacked on three more late in the period, Thomas Miller looping in a 30-yard field goal from the right hash for a 31-6 lead.
HALFTIME: Madison County 14, Baker 6
Baker senior Junior McLaughlin opened the second quarter with a patient 15-yard touchdown run, but Madison County managed to block not one, but two point after attempts to maintain a 7-6 lead. The touchdown was McLaughlin’s 15th of the playoffs, tying him with Duke Johnson, Travis Henry, Matt Dayes and Shane Ingram for third most in a single playoff tournament.
Madison County tailback Vinsonta Allen responded with a big play of his own, bursting through a huge whole on the right side for a 55-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 14-6 with 7:24 left in the half.
After forcing a late three-and-out, Baker got the ball back with 2:07 left in the half and drove into Cowboy territory with a pair of long runs from McLaughlin and Payton Rockwell only to fumble away a scoring opportunity.
The Gators had a second chance at the end zone after John Mateleska came up with a short interception at Madison County’s 13, but the clock ran out before Baker could make it into the end zone.
Madison County will start the second half with the ball after deferring possession during the coin toss.
Baker 0 - Madison County - 7
Baker (13-0) was unable to get its offense in gear in the first quarter, punting on three straight drives to open the game.
Madison County (12-1), meanwhile needed just two offensive plays to put six points on the board. Cowboys quarterback Travis Jay, a Florida State commit, to an option keeper 69-yards down the left sideline to the end zone for a 7-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first.
Gator senior DayDay Peoples provided Baker’s lone bright spot, leaping high to haul in an interception on the Madison County’s second drive.
Gators will start the second in the red zone after a long pass to Eric McQueen.
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