Chaminade’s Te’Cory Couch talks repeating as state champs
The Chaminade-Madonna Lions football team closed out another chapter in the program’s history on Saturday with a 38-10 win over West Palm Beach King’s Academy to secure a second consecutive Class 3A state title at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.
But for three Chaminade-Madonna seniors in Te’Cory Couch, Keontra Smith and Cameron Williams, the journey together is just beginning.
All three are committed to play for the Miami Hurricanes next season, so they will be reunited on the field in a matter of months.
“It’s lovely,” Smith said. “We built a brotherhood when I met them. I just want to continue that at Miami. It’s just priceless.”
But first, all three put an exclamation mark on their high school careers with big plays to help Chaminade repeat as state champions.
Couch, a four-star cornerback and the No. 41 player in the state of Florida regardless of position according to the 247Sports composite ranking, came up with a pair of timely interceptions. The first came midway through the second quarter with the Lions down 10-0 and shifted the momentum in Chaminade’s favor for good after Willie Davis responded with a 14-yard touchdown six plays later.
“He’s a big player,” Davis said. “He’s been doing that all year. I’m just proud of him. He’s a lockdown corner. Lockdown.”
Couch finished his senior season with seven interceptions.
“Watching someone like TC, he’s quiet. He’s laid back, but he makes these big plays for us,” Smith said. “It meant a lot for us.”
Williams, biggest contribution came on a three-play series immediately after Couch’s first interception during which he had a hand in every play that kept King’s Academy at bay.
First and 10: Williams forced the quarterback hurry that forced an incomplete pass.
Second and 10: Williams teamed up with TCU commit Thomas Armstrong for an 11-yard sack.
Third and 21: Another quarterback hurry that forced an incomplete pass.
King’s Academy punts. Chaminade drives down the field to take a 14-10 lead it would never give up.
“We knew it was on from there,” Couch said.
Smith finished with seven tackles and a sack on Saturday to close out his senior season with 122 tackles and nine sacks.
“This means the world to me,” Smith said of winning a second state title. “All year, we’ve been practicing hard to get here. When you win, it means you’re victorious. You accomplish everything you worked hard for. It means the world to me.”