NICHOLASVILLE -- When the Eagles found out they would be facing the Jaguars again in the District 7 title game -- they were thrilled.
Madison Southern was itching for a rematch against East Jessamine.
Southern fell 49-35 to the Jaguars earlier this season in Nicholasville on Oct. 4.
The Eagles didn't forget.
"We wanted them. Our eyes and minds were set on coming back here and making it right," Southern Jon Clark said. "The first time we played them we let little mistakes get in our way."
On Friday night, the rematch was very different.
While the earlier loss to the Jaguars was a high-scoring affair, the Eagle defense stepped up and clamped down on East Jessamine rushing attack on Friday to avenge their earlier loss.
Southern used a fourth quarter push to top the Jaguars, 24-21, and claim the District 7 Class 5A title.
Southern will face undefeated Covington Catholic next week in third round of the Class 5A Playoffs on the road.
The Eagle victory snapped a Jaguar seven-game winning streak and gave Southern its fourth district title in the past five years.
"We got them out what they do. We stopped their bread and butter. Once we got them throwing the ball and punting, we knew we had them," Clark said after the game. "Our defense played outstanding. I couldn't be more proud of them."
Things didn't start off so smooth for the Eagles, though.
On the Eagles first drive of the game, Jayshaun Ehteridge found an opening and raced 18 yards down the field for a quick touchdown.
However, it was quickly called back after Southern was hit with a penalty.
The Eagles got back into the red zone and Baylor Willis kicked a 23-yard field go to put Southern ahead 3-0 at the end of the fourth quarter.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, East Jessamine marched down the field and scored thanks to a 2-yard carry from Dylan Moore to take a 7-3 lead.
The Eagles answered on their next possession when Storm threw an incredible 30-yard pass to Jonah Farnstrom who caught it and slipped two tackles on his way to the end zone.
Farnstrom's touchdown put the Eagles ahead, once again, with 10:24 left till halftime, 10-7
The Jaguars turned it over on downs on their next drive, but got the ball back quickly when they recovered a fumble.
It took three plays for East Jessamine's quarterback to make a 60-yard sprint down the middle of the field to give the Jaguars back the lead, 14-10, at halftime.
When the Eagles came back out in the second half, the defensive line was ready to even the score.
Southern got two quick sacks in the opening minutes of the third quarter and the AJ Jones got loose on the next drive and sprinted down the field for a 63-yard TD.
The Jaguars answered again with 3:14 left in the third quarter when Valdon Miles scored on 26-yard run to make it 21-17.
"The whole thing tonight was to make them punt. They made some good adjustments in the second half… Our kids rallied though and did what we needed them to do," Clark said of the Eagles strong fourth quarter.
With six minutes left on the clock, Southern was facing fourth down at the 40-yard line when Storm launched a pass down the right sideline to Farnstrom.
East Jessamine was called for pass interference and the Eagles were awarded a new set of downs.
They made the most of it.
Two plays laterm Cameron Holbrook carried the ball two yards over the goal line to give the Eagles back the lead with five minutes to go.
The defense was able to hold East Jessamine for the rest of the game and recovered a crucial fumble on the Jaguars last fourth-down attempt -- killing any chance of a comeback.
"Nobody wanted to go home tonight, it's why it was such a back-and-forth game and both of the defenses out there played their guts out. I'm proud of this program and what my guys did tonight. We are celebrating this tonight. We are a regional contender form here on out and that's where we needed to be," Clark said of the low-scoring rematch.