Just Call Him "The Champ"

The 2006 season began with all high school players hoping for a chance at a state title. For a precious few that chance will come in the next few weeks. For Addison Lawrence and Magnolia Heights the magic moment came today.

Magnolia Heights in Senatobia, Mississippi added some more state championship hardware today as the Chiefs knocked off Lamar 28-20 in the AAA Division II State Championship game.

"I still have a lump in my throat," said Addison Lawrence's father Carl. "I just can't describe it. I am just so proud. We got down early and went in 14-0 at the half. They were blitzing a lot and really stuffing our running game. Cameron completed a few passes early in the second half to kind of loosen them up. We came back and took the lead and then Addison caused a fumble that we recovered on the one and then drove it in to put us up 28-20."

The fumble recovery turned out to be the decisive play in a closely contested affair. MSU commitment, Addison Lawrence knew the play made a huge difference.

"I was the deep snapper on the play," said Addison. "Our punter made a great punt. I was down there to cover it, but the personal protector was between me and the returner. I just grabbed him and shoved him into the returner and he fumbled. I went to cover it, but it slipped out and one of our ninth graders recovered it. We rolled in from there."

For Addison the State Championship was made even more special after missing out on one as a sophomore due to a failed two point conversion.

"It's the best feeling ever," exclaimed Lawrence. "We wanted to be on the winning side of one of these. We know what it feels like to be in their shoes, so we wanted to be sure to avoid that this time. I am still excited. I just can't put it into words."

Addison closed out his college recruitment fairly early in the process when he chose Mississippi State. The athletic Lawrence will look to take his winning ways to Starkville next season in hopes of helping turn around a Bulldog program hungry for wins.

Magnolia Heights closed out the season with a perfect 12-0 record and won their fourth state championship.

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