The Madison Warhawks were defeated in the Class 6 state championship for high school football at Old Dominion University December 11, suffering a 42-17 loss to the reigning champions, the Oscar Smith Tigers of Chesapeake.
The defeat marked the end of a record-setting season for Madison. Prior to the state championship, the Warhawks notched 13 straight wins, the most in program history, as well as first-ever back-to-back region championships.
The Warhawks took an early lead in the first quarter after a clever fake field goal scored a touchdown. But the Tigers quickly answered the Warhawks, subsequently taking control for the remainder of the game. At halftime, the score was 21-10.
The Warhawks scored their final touchdown in the third quarter, closing the gap 21-17, but the Tigers then scored two more touchdowns, widening their lead 35-17. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers capitalized on their own fumbled snap during a field goal attempt, recovering it for a touchdown and putting Oscar Smith up 42-17 for good.
It was a disappointing end for Madison, though they had gone where no Warhawk had before: this year was the first that Madison ever appeared in the state championship.