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Madison defense has eye on the ball

11/08/2013, 8:34pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Warhawks ready for Point Loma misdirection, forcing three turnovers in win.

In Week 4, Eastlake confounded Madison’s defense, concealing its running plays behind misdirection and fakes.

The Warhawks allowed a season-high 300 yards rushing in their only defeat of the season.

“I was upset with how conservative we played (Eastlake),” Madison defensive coordinator Jason Fowler said. “So today I wanted our defense to be more active. We slanted guys, trying to move them around to disrupt the offense.”

The changes worked.

Anticipating deception similar to what they’d seen against Eastlake, the visiting Warhawks limited Point Loma’s fly sweep offense to one scoring drive en route to a 28-7 victory Friday.

“We kept our eyes up and kept our heads on a swivel,” Madison defensive lineman Sam Vermillion said.

Point Loma (5-5) turned the ball over three times, including an interception returned 60 yards for a touchdown by Kameron Santos that sealed the win for the Western League champion Warhawks (9-1).

Madison’s Dotun Ogundeji capped the scoring by returning a fumble 58 yards for a TD.

“Our film study was critical this week,” Warhawks lineman Jake Vermillion said. “Our coaches are the best in San Diego, so when we lined up on the field, we knew exactly what they were going to run against us and were ready to execute.”

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