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After two straight years of getting close, Tensas Academy kicked in the door Friday, dominating Sharkey-Issaquena 48-28 to win the MAIS 8-man state title.
The Chiefs lost in the championship game two and three years ago and were eliminated in the semifinals last year.
Tensas, which has not lost a regular season game over the past three years, finished this season at 12-0.
"We said during the regular season that getting close wasn't good enough," said Tensas Academy head coach Joe Coats. "That task was completed and we're seizing the moment."
Tensas got on the board first as David Leake threw a quick pass to Andy Hazel who took it 30 yards for the first score of the game.
The Chiefs went up 14-0 as Leake hit Ferrell Keahey on a 40-yard pass to the SIA 9-yard line. Two plays later, Leake passed to Keahey for a 6-yard scoring play. Keahey ran in the conversion.
Keahey put Tensas up 20-0 with a 40-yard score on a reverse before the half.
Tensas went up 28-0 early in the third quarter as Leake passed 40 yards to Ryan Neuroth. Tucker Bruce ran in the conversion.
SIA scored the next 14 points before Leake scored on a 24-yard run.
An interception by Blaine Fletcher led to a 15-yard run by Leake. Bruce added the conversion.
"We got up on them early and we were able to run the clock some," Coats said. "To their credit they made a comeback in the second half, but our kids re-gained the momentum."
Tensas loses 11 seniors from this year's team.
"These players made a commitment during the off-season with voluntary workouts and they honored it," Coats said. "We had some injuries in mid-season and struggled in a couple of games, but we were able to get back to playing real well by the time we got into district."
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