In their second trip to the class 3A state final, the Madison County Cowboys found themselves once again one win away from a state title. Facing off against the highly touted University School Suns, the Cowboys quickly jumped out to a 17-3 lead. The previously undefeated Suns managed to counter Madison County with 24 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead late in the 4th quarter.
Just as Madison seemed to mount a stunning comeback, the Cowboys were stopped just one yard shy of a critical first down that would have kept the game tying drive alive with just seconds remaining. Madison finishes the 2012 season as the state runner up, with a record of 12-2.