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Madison Academy Mustangs

Head Coach: Grant Reynolds (first season)
Stadium: Bill Washington Stadium
Career Record: 0 seasons, (0-0)
At Madison Academy: First season
2016 Enrollment:  306
Rank:  203rd in the AHSAA, 53rd in Class 4A

Overall Record:   271-294-3   (48.0%)
Last 25 years:   161-127   (56.0%)  (Rank: 116th in the AHSAA, 16th in Class 4A)
Since 2010:   75-11  (87.0%)  (Rank: 7th in the AHSAA, 1st in Class 4A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2015
Last Region Championship:   2015
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2002

Class:  3A              Region:   8
Record:  11-2
Region Record:   7-0, (first)
Playoff Record:   Quarter-finals loss to Piedmont by a score of 35-21.
Final ASWA Poll:   1st
Scoring:  482 (37.1)
Defense:  186 (14.3)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Baylor Cohu,   WR  [Harding University]
      Malik Miller,   RB  [Auburn]

Class: 4A              Region:   7
Strength of Schedule: 60-40 (60%) (38th in the AHSAA, 6th in Class 4A)
Region Strength:  38-27 (58%)
Non-Region Strength:  22-13 (63%)

D1 Prospects
      Austin Troxell,  6-7,  275,  OT
      Grayson Edgemon,  6-4,  190,  QB

 2015 Results 
 8/21  @ Leeds  (4A)   19-14   W  
 8/28  vs. Ensworth TN    7-28   L  
 9/4  @ West Morgan  (3A)  *  55-7   W  
 9/11  @ Sheffield  (3A)  *  50-7   W  
 9/18  vs. Colbert County  (3A)  *  20-13   W  
 9/25   OPEN 
 10/2  @ Colbert Heights  (3A)  *  60-7   W  
 10/9  @ Lauderdale County  (3A)  *  14-3   W  
 10/16  @ Clements  (3A)  *  55-8   W  
 10/23  vs. Lexington  (3A)  *  54-14   W  
 10/30  vs. Briarwood  (6A)   27-22   W  
 11/5  vs. Weaver    56-21   W  
 11/13  vs. North Sand Mountain    44-7   W  
 11/20  vs. Piedmont    21-35   L  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/26  @ Ensworth TN        
 9/2  vs. Sardis  (4A)  *      
 9/9  @ Randolph  (4A)  *      
 9/16  @ Westminster Christian  (4A)  *      
 9/23  vs. Tanner  (2A)       
 9/30  @ Haleyville  (4A)       
 10/7  @ Madison County  (4A)  *      
 10/14  vs. North Jackson  (4A)  *      
 10/21  vs. D.A.R.  (4A)  *      
 10/28  vs. Briarwood  (5A)       
 11/4  vs. Central Florence        
 11/11  vs. Fayette County        
 11/18  @ Rogers        
 11/25  @ Hokes Bluff        
 12/1   Handley        

Class  4A Region  7
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
D.A.R. (4A) 8-3392-291
Madison Academy (3A) 11-2482-186
Madison County (5A) 6-5300-293
North Jackson (4A) 7-5454-268
Randolph (5A) 7-4271-209
Sardis (4A) 5-5247-291
Westminster Christian (4A) 5-5244-259

 2016 Preview 

       Madison Academy completed the 2015 season with a 11-2 record. Last year Madison Academy captured the region eight title and a number one seed in the Class 3A playoffs. They finished region play with a 7-0 record. Madison Academy lost in the quarter-finals of the playoffs last season to a good Piedmont team by a score of 35-21.

       The defense was very stingy last season as Madison Academy ranked 33rd in the AHSAA. The defense allowed only 14.3 points a game.

       Over the past two seasons the Mustangs have gone 25-3 and will be looking to continue that winning tradition. As one of the best football programs in the state since 2010, Madison Academy has gone a combined 75-11. Their 87.0% winning percentage ranks 1st in Class 4A over the past six seasons.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Madison Academy has managed to compile a record of 161-127. Their 56.0% winning percentage ranks 16th in Class 4A and 116th in the AHSAA. Their last losing season was 2002.

Eric Cohu resigned in January to become the offensive coordinator and international ambassador for the Israel Football League's national team.

He turned around the Mustang football program upon his arrival in 2009. The team had won a total of only five playoff game previously before he took over the program. Over the past seven seasons his teams went 87-12 including 25-4 in the playoffs and 50-1 in region play.

The Mustangs won three state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The 2011 squad lost in the championship game.

He has worked with the Israeli team every summer since 2007 as a consultant.

Grant Reynolds will take over as the head football coach at Madison Academy for the 2016 season. Reynolds spent the past ten seasons as the head coach at Boyd-Buchanan in Tennessee and posted a 81-49 record including 15-10 in the playoffs.

He attended Harding University in Arkansas prior to serving ten seasons as an assistant at Boyd-Buchanan.

       The Madison Academy Mustangs will play in Class 4A region seven during the 2016 season. The Mustangs move up in classification to Class 4A. They may find the going slightly tougher with the move. The Mustangs have one of the toughest schedules in Class 4A. Their opponents had a combined record of 60-40 last season. That ranks 6th in Class 4A and 38th in the AHSAA.

       Region seven will be one of the most competitive regions in any classification this season.

       The Mustangs enter the 2016 season riding a 8 game regular season winning streak. Madison Academy has won 35 consecutive region games. While most teams rebuild during the off season, Madison Academy has been a consistent winner the past few years and will simply reload this season. The Mustangs should be considered one of the favorites for the region seven championship this season and a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Mustangs have successfully qualified for the playoffs every year since 2008 and expect to be included again when November rolls around.

      The Mustangs will be without head coach Eric Cohu and make the leap to Class 4A. It will be a new challenge for them in 2016.

      Madison Academy has won 35 consecutive region games but those were in 3A and the competition will be tougher this season.

       The Mustangs open the 2016 season on the road against non-region opponent Ensworth TN on Friday, August 26.

       Madison Academy and Ensworth TN have met a total of 2 times on the football field. The Mustangs have a 0-2-0 record against Ensworth TN. They last met in 2015 with Ensworth TN winning by a score of 28-7.

       Madison Academy returns 3A All-State Senior offensive lineman Austin Troxell. He was named to the first team last season. The Mustangs also return Senior defensive back Keke Matthews. He was named to the second team.

       College prospects include: Austin Troxell (6-7, 275) offensive tackle, Grayson Edgemon (6-4, 190) quarterback,


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