Madison shuts down Sisseton 53-0
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Bulldogs scored early and often in the thrashing of the Sisseton Redmen on Friday night at Trojan Field.|
Madison scored 27 first quarter points as the Bulldogs whipped the Redmen 53-0 in Madison's homecoming game.
"We played well in every facet of the game against Sisseton," Madison Coach Max Hodgen said. "Offensively, we looked sharp, cleaning up some of our mental mistakes from the week before and getting into a nice comfortable rhythm."
Rush Milne started the scoring for the Bulldogs with 8:25 left in the opening period. He capped off a five-play, 54-yard scoring drive with a four-yard scamper. The extra point was no good, but the Bulldogs held an early 6-0 lead.
Madison's second score came from the special teams. Preston Nordling fielded a Sisseton punt on the Bulldogs' 48 yard line and broke loose down the right sideline; 52 yards later, he was in the end zone for the touchdown. With the extra-point kick by Brayden Gilbert, the Bulldogs held a 13-0 lead.
"We had a right-side return on the play," Nordling said. (This was his second punt return for a touchdown this season.) "I like returning punts better than kickoffs."
The scoring for the Bulldogs in the opening quarter was just beginning. Milne scored his second short touchdown with a three-yard run, and Gilbert added the extra-point. Milne finished the seven-play, 49-yard scoring drive with 2:17 left in the quarter.
Madison added one more score before time expired in the fi rst quarter. Jacob Giles hooked up with Carter Kasuske on a 39-yard scoring strike with just 39 seconds left and, with the extra point by Gilbert, the rout was on and the Bulldogs were ahead 27-0. The scoring drive took four plays that covered 45 yards.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the second period. Blake Gusso capped off a four-play, 68-yard scoring drive with a three-yard plunge with 9:18 left in the half. With the extra point kick by Gilbert, the Bulldogs enjoyed a 34-0 lead.
Milne scored his third touchdown of the game with 2:30 left in the half. Milne capped off a two-play, 39-yard drive with a five-yard scamper and, with the extra point kick by Gilbert, the Bulldogs held a 41-0 halftime lead.
"It was our goal to have a fast start," Nordling said.
The homecoming hype that players faced throughout the week did not phase the Bulldogs.
"Our main focus was the football game tonight and the senior leadership helped everyone to keep focus," Nordling said.
For most of the second half, Madison's second and third stringers saw action. Brodie Frederiksen scored two second-half touchdowns. His first score came in the third period with 5:49 left. He capped off a three-play, 31-yard scoring drive with a 22-yard run to put Madison on top 47-0.
Frederiksen scored with 2:01 left in the final quarter to end the game by the 50-point mercy rule. Frederiksen capped off an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a 14-yard scoring scamper.
"We were able to get some quality playing time for our younger athletes as well, which is crucial in their development," Hodgen said.
Madison rolled up 391 total yards, 234 rushing and 157 yards passing. Milne racked up 131 yards rushing on 11 carries. Frederiksen closed the game with 86 yards on nine attempts.
Giles was 8-of-13 passing for 149 yards. Mitch Hansen was 1-of-1 passing for eight yards. Kasuske caught four passes for 72 yards while Nordling caught two passes for 43 yards.
Sisseton had 26 total yards, 11 rushing and 15 passing. Trevor Archer had 37 yards rushing on seven attempts. Hunter Medenwald was 1-of-1 passing for 11 yards.
"Defensively, we were dominating, only giving up 26 total yards and putting up another goose egg," Hodgen said.
Frederiksen had three solo and three assisted tackles, Jackson Jones also had three solo tackles and one assisted tackle, and Kasuske had three solo tackles. Jackson and Trevor Hoadley each had a sack. Kasuske, Giles and Isaac Schubert each had an interception.
Madison (4-0 overall) will be playing #1 West Central on Friday at Trojan Field at 7 p.m. This is the second time the Bulldogs will play the #1 ranked Class 11A this season. Madison faced then-No.1 ranked Dell Rapids on Sept. 6.
"Friday night the fans will get the matchup they have been waiting for the past three weeks," Hodgen said. "West Central is very athletic on both sides of the ball. We need a good week of practice and a great effort from our players in all aspects of the game."
"We want a different result against West Central this time," Nordling said. (West Central knocked the Bulldogs out of the playoffs last season.)