GEORGIA HISTORY! JMA stakes claim to most dominant run in state history
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In the history of Georgia high school football, going back more than 100 years, never had a program gone four straight seasons without losing a game.
Until Thursday night.
John Milledge Academy easily dispatched Deerfield-Windsor 49-0 in the GIAA Class AAA state championship game over in Macon, in the process winning its 50th game in a row.
It wasn't really a fair fight, and the Knights never really stood a chance, as their offense never ran an offensive play inside of the JMA 25-yard line, while the Trojans' offense marched up and down the field seemingly at will.
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Senior quarterback Briggs Eady stole the show, rushing for more than 185 yards and two touchdowns, while passing for another. As a cherry on top, twin brother Banks Eady also scored a touchdown, as the Eady twins, as well as 11 of their teammates, all of whom began their quest four years ago as ninth graders, capped their careers without ever losing a game.
There have been more than a hundred thousand high school football players in Georgia. Only JMA's "Lucky 13," however, can say that they played their entire four-year careers without ever losing a game.
JMA football's "Lucky 13"
In an incredibly freaky coincidence, the kind that would require a Georgia Tech mathematician to figure out the probability, JMA on Thursday became the third program in Georgia history to win four straight four state championships. The first was Buford, which won the GHSA Class AA state title each year between 2007-2010. The second, meanwhile, was Thomas Jefferson Academy, which won its fourth straight this season, also on Thursday, just like JMA, and also at Five Star Stadium, just like JMA. As Thomas Jefferson was leaving the field and celebrating its fourth straight state championship, JMA was taking the field and beginning warmups, seeking its fourth straight state championship. In other words, out of the three times that a Georgia high school has won its fourth straight state championship, two occurred on Thursday night and on the same field, a mere hours apart.
Thomas Jefferson's overall record over the last four seasons is 41-9, however, while JMA's is 50-0.
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Head Coach J.T. Wall wasn't about to say which state championship team is his favorite, because that would be like trying to say which one of his children is his favorite. Nevertheless, Wall said that he is extremely proud of this 2022 bunch.
"Each (state championship team) has a different meaning," the coach said. "But, this one definitely was special. Great competitors. Great leaders. A bunch of hard-working dudes. They're going to be great fathers and great husbands one day, and those guys have a lot to look forward to."