Towers student wins esports state championship

Towers High School sophomore Nathan Scott won a state title in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Madden NFL Esports competition with a 2-1 win over the EYEDOTU team of Marietta High School in December.

Scott accomplished the feat in his first year competing in the best-of-three Madden event. He opened the season with six consecutive wins over Martin Luther King Jr. Jungle Madden 1 (2-0), East Paulding (2-0), Holy Innocent’s (2-0), EYEDOTU – Marietta (2-0), and Irwin County (2-0).

What would be his only loss of the season was a tough 2-1 decision to defending champion “Chris P. Bacon” from Peach County. He bounced back with another 2-0 win in the final regular season match against Lambert to finish 7-1 (15-2 for total games) and in second place in the league to Peach County.

Scott opened tournament play on Dec. 1 with a 2-0 victory over Creekside Madden White to advance to the quarterfinals against Panther Blitz of A.R. Johnson High School (9-3) — where he took another 2-0 win.

The semifinal was a meeting with Creekside Madden Red (8-3) and ended in another 2-0 victory to advance to the championship on Dec. 14.

EYEDOTU (9-2) reached the championship match by upsetting Chris P. Bacon (Peach County) in a 2-1 decision.

A split of the first two games set up the tiebreaker to for the state title. Scott defeated his opponent 28-7 in that final game to claim the title and finish at 11-1 on the season.

Scott also excels in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and is part of the Towers High School choir. Additionally, he is a member of the Spring Mario Kart 8 team from Towers.

Teams from Arabia Mountain, Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, Lakeside, Lithonia, McNair, Paideia, St. Pius, and Tucker high schools also compete in esports.

GHSA has hosted statewide tournaments and crowned champions since 2018. Teams compete for the League of LegendsRocket LeagueSmashMaddenFIFAMario Kart, and Splatoon championships during GHSA’s spring and winter seasons.

The Champion editor Jay Phillips contributed to this piece.

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