Bulldogs crush Arrows in opener
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Madison senior Preston Nordling had a huge night for the Bulldogs football team on Friday night in Pipestone, Minn. Nordling scored three times to help the Bulldogs crush the Arrows 36-0.|
It was Madison's first game of the season.
"We had a great start on Friday night with our defense forcing Pipestone to punt on its first drive. Defensively, we pitched a shutout and created three turnovers," said Bulldog Coach Max Hodgen.
The special teams put the Bulldogs on the board first. The Arrows were forced to punt on their opening drive; after the punt by Mason DeLaney, Nordling fielded the punt on the Bulldogs 30 yard line. Nordling returned the punt 70 yards to the house to give Madison a 6-0 lead with 10:05 left in the opening period. Nordling ran the two-point conversion into the end zone to put the Bulldogs on top 8-0.
Madison added another touchdown late in the opening period. Rush Milne capped off a 10-play, 63-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run with 1:45 left in the period. With the extra-point kick by Bradyn Gilbert, the Bulldogs enjoyed a quick 15-0 advantage.
Nordling scored twice in the second period as the Bulldogs opened up a 29-0 halftime lead. Nordling was on the receiving end of a 44-yard scoring strike from Jacob Giles with 11:19 left in the half. With the extra point kick by Gilbert, Madison increased its lead to 22-0. The scoring drive was a 3-play, 65-yard drive that took just 46 seconds.
Nordling added his third touchdown of the game with 8:50 left in the half. Nordling picked off a Boyer Bouman pass and rambled 60 yards to paydirt. Gilbert's extra point kick gave Madison a 29-0 lead.
Milne added the last touchdown after halftime. With 11:44 left in the third period, Milne broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown and, with the extra point by Gilbert, the Bulldogs enjoyed a 36-0 lead and there was no other scoring threat.
Madison racked up 274 total yards, 163 rushing and 111 passing. Milne finished the game with 113 yards rushing on 12 attempts while Mason Hemmer had 51 yards on nine carries.
Giles was 8-of-15 passing for 111 yards. Nordling caught one pass for 44 yards. Carter Kasuske caught three passes for 36 yards.
"Offensively, we executed well, considering they really packed in their defense against us. Typically when we see a defense that puts seven defenders in the box against us, we go to our passing game, but being up 29 at half we didn't feel like throwing the ball all over the place was in the best interest of sportsmanship," Hodgen said. "We still need to work on the timing of our short passing game."
Pipestone had 213 total yards, 69 rushing and 144 passing. James Zollner had 43 yards rushing on two carries.
Bouman was 9-of-21 passing for 95 yards. Zollner caught five passes for 74 yards.
Tyler Currey had 11 tackles (6 unassisted and 5 assists). Bradyn Steffen and Johnny Monroe each had eight tackles (4-4) and Jordan Unterbrunner had six tackles (3-3). Nordling and Giles each had an interception and Dexter Nowstrup had a fumble recovery.
Brady Bos had eight tackles for the Arrows (6-2).
"I was pleasantly surprised with our PAT kicking. Gilbert hit all his tries and just missed a field goal to the left," Hodgen said. "Overall, we had a good first game and I am excited for our players."
Madison will host the Dell Rapids Quarriers on Friday at Trojan Field at 7 p.m.
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