Hudson Brakefield has been the go-to guy all season for Riverfield Academy.
It was no different on Thursday night as Brakefield would help lead the Raiders past Tri-County Academy 29-21 to claim the MAIS Class 4A State Championship at Jackson Academy to cap an undefeated season.
It is Riverfield’s (13-0) first state title since 1991.
“It was just a heckuva ball game between two really good teams,” said Riverfield head coach Boyd Cole. “It has been fun season and Hudson stepped up when he had too.”
Hudson finished the night with 201 yards rushing on 25 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Raiders.
Tri-County Academy would score first on a 2-yard run by Cade Shepherd with 4:56 left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.
His first touchdown run came from 55 yards out and after the successful two-point conversion gave Riverfield an 8-6 lead with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
His second score came from 5 yards out to extend the lead to 14-6 with 7:10 left in the second quarter.
Garrett Brakefield scampered to end zone from 36 yards to extend the lead to 20-6 with 3:57 left in the first half.
Tri-County would then cut the lead to 20-14 at halftime on Dillon Hendrick 10-yard run.
The Rebels would take the lead at 21-20 on a Shepherd 1-yard run with 7:54 left in the third quarter.
Raiders would answer with a 30-yard field goal by Jackson Shelton.
With just under four minutes left in the game Tri-County would get the ball and drive to the Riverfield 26-yard line but would come up short on a fourth downplay at the 18-yard line with 1:58 left.
On the next Riverfield drive Hudson Brakefield would score on a 26-yard run to extend the lead to 29-21 with 1:05 left. Tri-County’s last chance to tie the game ended on an incomplete pass.
“Defense had played well and on the fourth downplay we knew what was coming and they kids made a play,” Cole said. “We didn’t hang our heads or anything. It’s been a long time coming for our community and school and I’m so proud of the kids for getting it done.”
Shepherd had 95 yards passing along with 82 yards rushing with two touchdowns to lead Tri-County Academy. Dillon Hendrick added 97 yards rushing with a touchdown for the Rebels (10-3).
“We just had too many turnovers and penalties in bad spots. Give them credit they got good running backs and got it done,” said Tri-County Academy head coach Philip Wasson. “In games like this you capitalize every time you have the ball and we didn’t tonight.”
Briarfield (La.) 60, Prairie View (La.) 36
T.J. Baker was a one-man wrecking crew.
He would account for four touchdowns to help lead Briarfield (La.) past Prairie View (La.) to claim the MAIS Class 1A state championship.
It is the Rebels (12-1) second state title in the last three years and second state title in school history.
“We made one stop, then scored and was able to get another stop. Defense just took over and started tackling well,” said Briarfield coach Beau Travis. “Offense is so potent and not the just the quarterback. We’ve played like that on offense all year and I can’t say enough how proud I am of those guys. You just got take it one year at a time and the athletes we have and none of them are seniors, so we will enjoy this now and look to get back here next year.”
Baker had 162 yards rushing on 13 carries with three touchdowns and also passed for 137 yards with a touchdown.
Jacob Farrar had 258 yards passing with three touchdowns and also added two rushing touchdowns to lead Prairie View (La.) (9-4).