MADISON, SD -

Mason Leighton's ties to football in Madison run deep.

"My dad played at Dakota State University. Brother played when Jacob Giles and them guys were seniors. We've got a big football history in the family and it's just nice to carry it on." Leighton says.

And Mason's written his own unique chapter.

After an explosive 2015 junior season on offense, defense and special teams, Leighton starred in Madison's first state championship, hauling in five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns to win Joe Robbie MVP honors.

"I like my route running ability and my quickness, just hands too." Mason says.

It was a tough act to follow, but one Leighton was game for in his senior season, hauling in 41 passes for 773 yards and 13 touchdowns to help the Bulldogs return to the State Championship.

"I put in a lot more work I feel than any other year I feel with my football game and I feel like I'm as good as I've ever been. I've definitely taken on more of a leadership role of helping out the younger guys." Leighton says.

And his title game performance was nearly identical.

"And they put one receiver playing man with not much help on Mason. And we told him if that's the case we're going to go with that matchup all night and we're going to keep feeding you the ball. He's a special player and it'll be exciting to see where he goes next year." Madison Head Football Coach Max Hodgen says.

Six catches, 154 yards, three touchdowns, another MVP....

"It feels great! I'm just so happy for my teammates to be able to win another championship!" Mason says.

...And some more history for his hometown!

Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.