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Hansen, Leighton lead Madison over West Central 28-21 in 11A title game


VERMILLION, South Dakota — Mitch Hansen threw three TD passes to Mason Leighton as Madison beat West Central 28-21 on Thursday for its first state 11A title.

Hansen and Leighton connected on scores of 9, 76 and 44 yards. The 76-yard catch was an 11A title game record.

Hansen completed 12 of 18 passes for 220 yards. Leighton caught five passes for 169 yards.

The Bulldogs (12-0) led 21-0 after three quarters but the Trojans (10-2) got within 21-14 before Madison added an insurance TD set up by Hansen's 40-yard run.

Brodie Frederiksen rushed 24 times for 114 yards and scored on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

West Central quarterback Dan Skinner led two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter. He finished with 274 yards passing and two TDs to Jonah Rechtenbaugh.

It was Madison's third straight title game. It had lost the previous two, including one to West Central.

West Central's two losses this season were to Madison.

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