ORLANDO, Fla. -- University School senior Maquedius Bain and his teammates were not going to let a repeat of 2010 happen in this year's state championship game against Madison County.
Back in 2010, University School fell to Trinity Christian in a heartbreaking 56-55 loss in triple overtime.
University School trailed Madison County 17-0 with five minutes remaining in the second quarter on Saturday, but Bain never doubted the Suns would rebound and come out victorious. University School scored 24 unanswered points for the rest of the game to come out with a 24-17 win.
"We picked it up on offense. Jordan [Cunningham] got that big catch and that really got us hyped," Bain said. "I knew I didn't want to be on the losing side like we were back in 2010. We were not going to lose this game and the only thought on our minds was being state champs."
"We never gave up."
Bain says the University School coaching staff made a point to let that 2010 loss in the state championship game motivate the team as they prepared for the matchup against Madison County.
"Everybody was talking about that 2010 game this week," Bain said. "We had pictures up from that game and everything and we didn't want to forget what happened and we just let that motivate us to be the champs. It is great to be here with my seniors and get this win. I am proud of all of us seniors and the way we finished this game out and came out on top like everybody thought we would."
Bain played on the offensive line for the majority of Saturday's game. As he moves forward to his college career, Bain expects to play defensive tackle.
"No, I still want to play defensive tackle," Bain said. "I will do anything to help my team and that is what I did this year. I still want to play defensive tackle on the next level though."
Now that the season is finished, Bain will switch his attention to recruiting. At this point, he counts Oklahoma, LSU, Louisville, and Marshall as the schools who are showing him the most interest. Bain will take an official visit to LSU next weekend.
"I got to LSU next week," Bain said. "They have been showing me a lot of interest lately and I am looking forward to see what they have to offer."
Miami's interest in Bain has dropped since he attended this year's Florida State-Miami game.
"I haven't talked to Miami since I went to the FSU game," Bain said. "They don't answer my phone calls anymore and I am not really stressing about it. I am moving on to the next schools that are showing me interest."
Bain discussed what he will be looking for in his future school.
"I am looking at the academics, the team camaraderie, and the coaching," Bain said. "Wherever I feel most comfortable with those aspects is where I will go."
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