Despite being hit hard with graduation after winning last year’s state Division 2-AA Bowl Game, the Madison Warhawks haven’t missed a beat.
Friday night the Warhawks amassed 373 yards rushing to down host Steele Canyon 41-10 in a non-conference tilt.
“I think we are missing a lot of really good players from last year but we have some good replacements,” said junior running back Kenan Christon, who led the attack with 224 yards rushing on 14 carries with three TDs.
Madison jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead behind a 20-yard Mario Alves 12-yard TD pass to Daniel Stokes and a 61-yard jaunt by Christon.
Christon later added TD runs of 12 yards in the second quarter and a 59-yarder early in the third quarter.
“This is the best game I’ve had,” said Christon. “Before this my best was 175 yards and 2 TDs against El Capitan.”
Backfield mate Ke’ontae Springs added 70 yards on the ground on six carries, including an 8-yard TD.
Quarterback Thomas Fishburne tried to do everything for Steele Canyon (1-1) on the night. In the second quarter he threw a 10-yard TD pass to Randy Jordan, who made a sliding catch at the goal line. Fishburne later added a 26-yard field goal and finished the night with 61 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Defensively the Warhawks (2-0) threw the Cougars for losses 10 times.
“They’re just a real good looking team,” said Steele Canyon coach Scott Longerbone. “Their front seven is just so good. They have the best linebacker and the thing is the front four is so good you can’t get to them.
Farmer is a freelance writer.