Madison To Play State Semifinals Against Trinity CatholicNov 30th, 2011 | By Jacob | Category: Front Page, Sports
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
One step away from the state championship, the Madison County High School Cowboys play the Trinity Catholic Celtics in Ocala on Friday evening, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
The Celtics have a very good offense with a senior running back named Austin McClellan who has 1,104 rushing yards on 159 carries with 12 touchdowns. McClellan also has 15 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown.
Junior fullback Demonta Blunt does more than block in the backfield. He has amassed 846 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 111 carries. He has also caught the ball 13 times for 191 yards.
The receiving corps is led by wide receiver Camerhon Guyton, a junior, who has 20 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
A weak chink in Trinity’s armor maybe sophomore quarterback Reid Carlton. While Reid has a big arm, he hasn’t fully digested Trinity Catholic’s playbook yet. This has forced the Celtics to become a run-first team for the first time in seven years.
The Celtics’ last four quarterbacks all found collegiate homes at the University of Florida, Purdue, Miami and Valdosta State.
Carlton has amassed 1,182 yards passing with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
On defense, the Celtics’ linebacker Will Cothron (82 tackles) will not play in the game due to a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s playoff game.
Linebacker Marquel Holmes is a senor with 67 tackles and two interceptions.
Lorenzo Washington is a senior free safety, who has 65 tackles and five interceptions including three returned for touchdowns.
The defensive line is led by Jon General, a senior defensive end with 61 tackles and 14.5 sacks, and Cole Rogers, a senior defensive tackle, with 45 tackles and eight sacks.
The Trinity Catholic coach has a name familiar to college football fans. He is a former University of Florida starting quarterback, John Brantley, and his son, John, was the starting Gator quarterback this year.
Trinity Catholic posted a 14-0 record and won the State 2B championship last year before moving up to Class 3A. This year, they have not been as fortunate, compiling a 7-4 record. One opponent the Cowboys and Celtics have in common is the Gainesville High Purple Hurricanes. Trinity lost to them 29-6, while Madison beat them in Gainesville 21-17.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Catholic’s stadium, located at 2600 SW 42Nd St. in Ocala.