The Chaminade-Madonna football team is excited about playing in the Class 3A state championship game against Jacksonville Trinity Christian at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 in Orlando.
Chaminade-Madonna Coach Dameon Jones said he is pleased with the Lions’ efforts this year and believes the team has a good chance of winning the state championship.
“The players have really bought into the program,” Jones said. “They are very talented and they just gelled together.”
Jones is in his first year as the coach of Chaminade-Madonna. He took over the program just before practice began for the fall season.
Xavier Williams, who plays wide receiver and cornerback, is eagerly awaiting the team’s chance to show what they can do. “We have had a great season. For the championship game, we need to stick to the game plan. We have really come together as a team,” he said.
As a junior with another year left at Chaminade-Madonna, Williams said he has received at least 20 football scholarship offers. He is considering accepting offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami and Clemson.
Shaun Shivers, a junior and running back, has played a major role in the team’s success and has already committed to playing for Auburn but has one more year left at Chaminade-Madonna. During the recent victory over Melbourne Central Catholic, Shivers scored five touchdowns. Making it to the championship is “a great feeling,” Shivers said, and he’s looking forward to meeting defending state champion Trinity Christian at Camping World Stadium.
Cody Watson, a linebacker and strong safety and a senior, will play football next year at Fresno State. “We need to stay level-headed and work hard,” he said. “I want to bring back the glory days.”
James Williams, a cornerback and a safety, shares his teammates’ excitement. “It is amazing to be in the state championship,” he said.
Andre Torres, the Chaminade-Madonna athletic director, said he is impressed with the Lions football team, its leadership and the players’ commitment. “Dameon Jones has done a fantastic job. It took time, but the team gelled together and now they are playing well. We have a tradition of good football here.”
The Lions take a 10-3 record into the coming game. Chaminade-Madonna has not won a state championship since 2005.