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 Eagles senior Austin Brown finds the end zone in the MHSAA division 7 title game at Ford Field. Brown scored six touchdowns on the day with four on the ground and two through the air.

Eagles senior Austin Brown finds the end zone in the MHSAA division 7 title game at Ford Field. Brown scored six touchdowns on the day with four on the ground and two through the air.

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New Lothrop High overcomes Madison for D-7 title

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published November 24, 2018

DETROIT — Two of the more prolific scoring offenses in Michigan got together in the Division 7 state championship Nov. 24 at Ford Field. In the first half alone, New Lothrop High and Madison Heights Madison combined for nearly 400 yards of offense and 46 points.

However, it would be New Lothrop beating the Eagles 50-44 to capture the state title.

“It was definitely a hard-fought game,” Madison coach James Rogers said. “We knew it was going to be an offensive battle coming in. There’s no doubt about that. Great quarterbacks and great skilled athletes. At the end of the day, they just made more plays than we made. ”

The two teams traded scores on their respective opening possessions.

First, New Lothrop’s Aidan Harrison scored on a 34-yard touchdown run. The Hornets elected to go for two after the score, but were unsuccessful.

The Eagles responded on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by senior Austin Brown. Brown finished the game 17-of-30 passing for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 105 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

“It was great, but it wasn’t enough,” Brown said about his performance. “I could have played better. We all could have played better. It’s a team game, I could care less about myself.”

Madison converted its two-point try and led 8-6. That would be the Eagles' only first half lead.

Lothrop would go on to score back-to-back touchdowns on runs from Aaron Lamar and Avery Moore.

The Hornets, in the first half, did a good job to kill any Madison momentum. After a fourth down stop in its own territory, Madison drove down the field to score and bring the score within single digits.

Harrison scored his second TD of the game on the ensuing kick off a 96-yard return to capture a 14-point lead. The record return in a championship game was 99 yards.

With another chance to bring the score closer, Brown was picked off in the end zone by Jacob Graves to secure the 30-16 halftime lead for the Hornets.

Down two scores to open the second half, Madison came roaring back to tie the game on its first two second-half possessions. Both touchdowns were scored on 1-yards run by Brown.

The Hornets stopped another Madison drive with an interception by Dylan Shaydik. New Lothrop turned that turnover into points when Moore found the end zone on yet another QB run.

Madison had one more score when Brown found Sylvester Whitley for a 9-yard score to cut the lead to six points with 29 seconds remaining, but the Hornets recovered the ensuing onside kick.

New Lothrop wins its first state title since 2006.

“The game was pretty special obviously with coming out on top,” Hornets coach Cline Galvas said. “It’s been a long climb up this mountain all year long. This group is as tight knit of a group as I’ve ever been apart of. We talk a lot about brotherhood and family. These guys truly play for the guy next to them. It was a great team win, and we’re super excited.”