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Deuce on the loose for Madison

12/01/2012, 7:37pm PST
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Saints can’t corral No. 2 as RB helps power Warhawks offense.

Madison senior Pierre Cormier savors his fourth-quarter touchdown against St. Augustine.


— Pierre Cormier has the word “TWO” shaved into his hair. He says it signifies the number on his jersey, but it could also mean something else.

Two — as in the number of section Division IV football titles he won while attending Madison after the Warhawks dispatched favored St. Augustine 35-21 on Saturday at Escondido High.

Though he was a member of the 2010 club that captured the school’s first title, this time he was the player, rushing for three touchdowns and passing for another en route to gaining 157 yards on 18 carries.

The University of Arizona commit scored on runs of 3, 7 and finally 4 yards with 3:15 remaining to put the game out of reach. In between he ran the Wildcat, and, instead of carrying the ball, he tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Jamie Gomez.

“This means a lot more to me than the game two years ago,” said the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder who, like the rest of the 12-1 Madison team, will be awaiting word on the strong possibility that the Warhawks will get one of the new Southern California Regional playoff berths.

“We feel like we don’t get the respect we deserve, but we made a statement.”

The Warhawks scored the first three times they had the ball, grabbing a 21-7 lead before both defenses settled in. When St. Augustine drove 80 yards to start the second half, with freshman Francoise Sims II running it in from a yard out, the Saints (10-3) suddenly were right back in the game.

For about 19 seconds — or as long as it took sophomore quarterback Kareem Coles to find Lee Walker 40 yards downfield. Walker caught the ball along the sideline and cut inside at the 25 to finish off the final Saints defender, completing an 87-yard play.

“All I saw was green,” said Walker, referring to the open field. “The Saints fans were making a lot of noise and suddenly there was no more yelling.”

Walker, another Arizona recruit, finished with five receptions for 133 yards. Coles was 9 of 12 for 209 yards passing.

Still the Saints refused to buckle, marching 80 yards with Patrick Dixon pulling down a 14-yard TD pass.

The Saints were getting desperate and on a fourth and 8 from their own 33, elected to run a fake punt that came up one yard short.

“I liked the call at the time,” said coach Richard Sanchez. “We just came up a yard short.”


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