Officially, when one team leads another by 35 or more points, the fourth quarter of a high school football game is played with running time.
However, if both head coaches agree, it can happen earlier.
With 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Madison scored on a 48-yard pass from Mario Alves to Treyvone Anderson to jump on top of Bonita Vista 35-0 in the No. 2-ranked Warhawks’ first home game of the season.
Both coaches agreed to let the clock run and before 8 p.m., Madison won 56-6. Equally rare, it started raining right before the final gun.
“They’re as advertised,” said Bonita Vista first-year coach Aaron Jones, who a season ago was on the Madison sideline as an assistant. “They are where we expect to be in a couple years where you don’t just rebuild, you reload.”
The Warhawks (3-0) scored all six times they had the ball in the first half as Alves tossed for a pair of touchdowns, Kenan Christon and Ke’antae Springs rushed for scores and the defense chipped in a blocked-punt TD by Demanuel Talauati plus a fumble recovery by Chris Fatilua in the end zone.
Jaden Dir flashed his speed by taking the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown as the clock relentlessly worked its way toward the early finish.
“I was really pleased with the blocked punt and fumble recovery,” said Madison coach Rick Jackson. “I remember a game where we were so far behind we had a running clock in the first quarter. What I liked is both teams competed right to the end.”
Brand is a freelance writer.