Madison Academy Reloads for Another Shot at State

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Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) One of the hardest things to do in sports is manage success. Winning three consecutive state championships might make most teams relax and enjoy the past triumphs, but Madison Academy is moving on.

"Some of those guys weren't major players in those state championships and are excited to prove themselves," said Mustangs head coach Eric Cohu before his team's first full pads practice this Fall.  "They're energetic and ready to be the leaders of the team now."

Two of the greatest leaders in program history have moved on. Blake Coward, who started three years at quarterback is now playing college baseball. Kerryon Johnson is only the most accomplished Mustang football player to put on the uniform, and he's now at Auburn. The new nucleus of leadership starts with senior running back Malik Miller.

"The championship was last year's team. This year we have new seniors, a new identity and young talent who is ready to fill some shoes," says Miller. The senior class only knows success, having won a state championship every year in high school. Kyle Swearengen wants to make sure his class goes down in history for their accomplishments as well.

"I'm motivated every year to do the best I can and that's our goal to come out here and work hard every day as hard as we can."

Madison Academy begins the season August 21st at Leeds.