Bulldogs move record to 3-0 with 34-12 win over Panthers
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Madison High School's football team made the long trip south to North Sioux City to face the Dakota Valley Panthers in a top-five clash on the gridiron Friday night. The Bulldogs came home with a 34-12 victory, their third win of the season.|
"We didn't play our best, we lost our focus and intensity at times," said Madison Coach Max Hodgen. "The first two weeks of the season were so crisp; this game we had too many turnovers and penalties which is unacceptable."
Once again, Madison scored early in the game and never looked back. Rush Milne scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. His first score came with 8:14 left in the period. Milne capped off a seven-play, 67-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown run. With the extra point kick by Brayden Gilbert, Madison enjoyed a 7-0 advantage.
Milne hit paydirt with 3:49 left in the period. He scored on a three-yard plunge that capped off a four-play, 11-yard scoring drive. With the extra point kick by Gilbert, the Bulldogs quickly grabbed a 14-0 advantage.
Madison opened up a 21-0 halftime lead. With 3:18 left in the half, Jacob Giles hooked up with Preston Nordling for a 43-yard scoring strike and, with the extra point kick by Gilbert, the Bulldogs were in charge.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 27-0 early in the second half. Isaac Schubert scampered 34 yards to paydirt with 11:01 left in the quarter. The scoring drive was three plays and 78 yards.
Dakota Valley got on the scoreboard late in the period. Isaac Faldmo hooked up with John Robinson for an 11-yard scoring strike with 1:47 left in the period. The Panthers went 71 yards in nine plays to hit pay dirt.
Both teams added a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Milne scored his third touchdown of the game with 6:28 left on the clock. Milne scored on a 23-yard run. With the extra point kick by Gilbert, the Bulldogs held a 34-6 lead. The scoring drive covered 80 yards in seven plays.
The Panthers tacked on one more score with 3:32 left in the game. Faldmo hooked up with Brady Dam for a 19-yard scoring strike. The Panthers went 61 yards in seven plays to reach paydirt.
Madison rolled up 375 total yards, 225 rushing and 150 passing. Milne finished the game with 138 yards on 22 carries while Schubert had 40 yards on five attempts.
Giles was 12 of 22 passing for 150 yards with three interceptions. Nordling caught five passes for 121 yards while Mason Hemmer caught two passes for 10 yards.
Dakota Valley had 201 total yards, 128 rushing and 73 passing. Blake Perryman rushed for 81 yards on 18 attempts. Faldmo was 9-of-20 passing for 73 yards. Ryan Lammers caught one pass for 31 yards.
Madison's Tyler Currey had eight unassisted tackles and six assists while Nordling had five unassisted tackles. Jordan Unterbrunner had one sack for the Bulldogs.
Perryman had six unassisted tackles and six assisted tackles.
"I am excited about being 3-0 and am looking forward to cleaning up our mistakes from Friday night," Hodgen said. "I expect a lot more attention to details this week in practice."
Madison (3-0) will host Sisseton on Friday for Madison's homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Field.
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