Confetti fell from the sky at the 50-yard line and players celebrated with supporters who came from the stands as Johnny Cash and June Carter sang about going to Jackson over the speakers.
It was a fitting tune for the celebration, considering that was where Indianola Academy made history Thursday night.
For the first time since 1976, Indianola Academy can call itself a state champion in football.
“Man,” Indianola Academy coach Tommy Nester said, “it feels good. It just feels real good. What a great team win that was.”
Indianola (14-0) used a powerful rushing attack and suffocating defense to beat Adams County Christian 42-7 at Jackson Academy to capture the MAIS Academy AAA championship.
Indianola suffered an uncharacteristically slow start with its first two possessions ending with punts, before a defensive play gave the Colonels the spark they seemingly needed.
Cornerback Shade Smith made an interception on a deep pass attempt on the Indianola 18 with 55 seconds left in the first quarter.
Indianola promptly scored the game’s first touchdown on the Colonels’ ensuing possession. Quarterback Will Davis capped a nine-play drive with a 33-yard touchdown run up the middle after he broke three tackles near the line of scrimmage to give the Colonels a 7-0 lead with 9:04 left in the second quarter.
Indianola never looked back.
The Colonels added two more touchdowns in the second quarter — both on big fourth-down plays.
Sherman Timbs bulldozed his way into the end zone on fourth and goal from the 1 to make it 14-0 with 3:38 left in the second.
Two minutes later, Davis hit Ben Van Cleve with a pretty pass over the middle for a 26-yard touchdown hookup on a fourth-and-9 play to give Indianola a 20-0 lead.
One play later, Timbs rushed for a 21-yard touchdown to give Indianola a 27-0 lead and put the exclamation point on the game.
“The second, third and fourth quarters we played well,” Nester said. “I’m so proud of our lines, our running backs and our defense. This was such a team win and that’s how it was for us all season.”