Bulldogs derail #1 Quarries 39-12
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Bulldogs set the tone of the game early and never looked back, posting a signature win over the three-time defending champion, #1 ranked Dell Rapids Quarriers 39-12 on Friday night.|
The Bulldogs stopped the Quarriers on the initial drive of the game. On a fourth down play, Dell Rapids went for the first down and Madison stopped the Quarriers, taking over on Dell Rapids' 26 yard line.
Six plays later, Rush Milne put the Bulldogs on the board. He scored on a one-yard plunge to give Madison a 6-0 lead with 7:10 remaining in the opening period.
Milne and the Bulldogs were not done. With 3:26 left in the first quarter, Milne capped off a 74-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run. With the extra point kick by Brayden Gilbert, Madison enjoyed a 13-0 lead.
"This was an exciting win, and it proves Madison is different this season," Milne said.
Milne hit paydirt one more time before halftime. Early in the second period, the senior running back scored on a seven-yard run with 11:55 left in the half. This capped off a six-play, 80-yard drive; with the extra-point kick by Gilbert, Madison held a 20-0 lead.
The Bulldogs strecthed their lead to 26-0 with 9:07 left in the half. Jacob Giles hooked up with Isaac Schubert for a 26-yard scoring strike. This capped off a four-play, 71-yard scoring march.
Dell Rapids finally got on the board late in the half. Tanner Solberg hooked up with Zach White for a 17-yard scoring strike with 1:23 left before halftime. The extra point kick was blocked by Preston Nordling and Madison held a 26-6 halftime lead.
Both teams added a touchdown in the third quarter. Madison's Mason Hemmer capped off a seven-play, 77-yard drive with 8:42 left in the quarter. Hemmer scored on a three-yard run; with the extra point from Gilbert, the Bulldogs held a 33-6 lead.
Brett Nichols broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown run for the Quarriers, but the two-conversion try was no good and the Quarriers trailed 33-12.
Hemmer scored the last touchdown of the game. The junior halfback broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run with 4:14 left in the game. This capped off a 6-play, 54-yard drive for the Bulldogs.
"It was a good win over a good team," said Giles. "We came out and we were ready to go."
"I am so proud of our team's effort and execution. We played great on both sides of the ball," said Madison coach Max Hodgen. "Offensively, coaches Tom Milne, Joe Bundy and Jared Pettereins called a great game. Our tempo was good and we really found the balance we were looking for. The offensive line and Blake Gusso (FB) created wide running lanes for Rush and Mason."
Madison rolled up 405 yards, 184 rushing and 221 passing. Milne had 78 yards rushing on 16 attempts while Hemmer had 68 yards on nine carries. Heath Williams added 50 yards on one attempt.
Giles was 11 of 16 passing for 221 yards. Nordling caught four passes for 89 yards while Williams caught one pass for 48 yards. Carter Kasuske caught three passes for 33 yards and Schubert caught two passes for 32 yards.
Dell Rapids had 235 total yards, 191 rushing and 44 passing. Nichols rushed for 86 yards on nine attempts. Solberg was 4-of-16 passing for 44 yards and White caught one pass for 17 yards.
"Defensively, our toughness inside and our speed on the perimeter made it tough for Dells to really sustain drives against us," Hodgen said. "Our team as a whole displayed a lot of heart as they battled for four quarters through a hot and humid evening."
Bradyn Steffen had four solo tackles and two assists while Williams and Kasuske each had three solo tackles and two assists. Milne had an interception.
"This summer we spent a lot of time lifting and running," Milne said. "We believe we can do it."
"This was a good win for our program, and I look for our players to gain some confidence as we move forward," Hodgen said.
Madison will go to Dakota Valley on Friday for a 7 p.m. game. The Panthers are 1-1 for the season.
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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