ORLANDO, Fla. -- Senior University School wide receiver Jordan Cunningham wouldn't let a strained knee take away the opportunity to help his team win their first state championship today against Madison County.
Cunningham strained his MCL in the second quarter when he planted wrong while running a route and immediately limped to the sidelines and started icing his knee.
Though Cunningham wasn't 100-percent at halftime, but he wasn't going to let the injury knock him out of the game.
"I didn't know if I was going to be able to come back and I was so mad when it happened," Cunningham said. "We taped it up at halftime and I was able to comeback in the third quarter."
Cunningham came up with a big play in the fourth quarter when he caught a 28-yard pass on the sideline that took University School to the Madison County 29 yard line. That play energized the Suns as they went on to score the game winning touchdown on that drive.
"When we were going on the field for that series, the coaches told me they wanted to see me make a big play," Cunningham said. "I told them that I felt good at that point and that I would make a play for them. The ball was thrown my way and I knew I needed to make a play."
Cunningham finishe the game with 85 yards on four receptions.
Cunningham was a sophomore on the 2010 University School team that lost 56-55 in triple overtime against Trinity Catholic. After suffering that heartbreaking loss two years ago, Cunningham was overcome with joy following the 24-17 win over Madison County today.
"It is a great feeling," Cunningham said. "To lose in 2010 by one yard in triple overtime, that was tough. We pride ourselves on finishing the mission. We worked hard to finish the job and we did it. We handled our business today."
Now that the season has come to an end, Cunningham will turn his attention to recruiting. He has already taken trips to Stanford and Oklahoma State.
"I will start looking at the rest of my official visits now that the season is over. I don't really have anything set yet with the dates, but I will look into it more."
Cunningham has a top four of Miami, Stanford, Alabama, and Oklahoma State. At this point he is still deciding whether or not he will take a visit to Miami.
"I might visit Miami, but I am not sure yet since I have been there so many times and I can go down there whenever I need to," Cunningham said.
Cunningham discussed what he likes about Miami.
"I have been on the campus many times and I love their campus," Cunningham said. "I have a great relationship with the coaches there. Me and coach McDonald talk almost every week."
Stanford is a school Cunningham is strongly considering at this point
"Stanford has great academics and they are coming off a good year with how they won the Pac 12. They are a school I am definitely looking at."
Cunningham discussed what he is looking for from his future school.
"Academics is really important to me, so I am looking hard at that side of every school. I am also looking carefully at the offense of each school and how they throw the ball and use their receivers. Those are the two main things."