Four former Missouri high school track and field athletes won a second straight NCAA Football Championship Subdivision National Title Sunday at Toyota Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. The top-seeded Jackrabbits won the national championship 23-2 over #2 seed Montana. South Dakota State finished the season 15-0 and has a 29-game winning streak. Their lone loss in the last two seasons was a 7-3 loss at Iowa to open the 2022 season.
First-Team All-America running back Isaiah Davis, a senior from Joplin, rushed the ball 16 times for 90 yards (5.4 avg) and one touchdown while also making 1 catch for 3 yards. Davis finishes the season with 236 rushes for 1600 yards rushing (6.7 avg) and 18 touchdowns while also catching 23 balls for 199 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Joplin High School alum and All-Stater in the javelin, Davis finished off a 75-yard opening drive by South Dakota State with a 6-yard touchdown dash to give the Jackrabbits a lead they never relinquished.
Chaminade College Prep alum Amar Johnson, a junior tailback, rushed nine times for 51 yards (5.6 avg) with a long of 13. The O' Fallon native, who was the First Team Missouri Valley Football Conference All Purpose Player honoree, didn't get the chance to return kicks after averaging 23.5 yards on 12 for the season. Montana only kicked off twice and only one was returned.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Jalen B. Lee made four solo tackles, to tie him for the 4th most on the team. The Wentzville native sprinted at Ft. Zumwalt North High School. Lee and the Jackrabbits defense stifled the Montana offense. The Grizzlies totaled just 259 yards of offense with just 91 yards of rushing and only a net of 47 yards on the ground. SDSU limited Montana quarterbacks to just 28 of 46 passing and 212 yards.