Few high schools, in recent vintage, have produced more electric running backs than Madison. There was Robbie Rouse, then Pierre Cormier, followed by Erick Buchanan.
Now the Warhawks boast a one-two punch nicknamed “Hit and Miss.”
“Hit” is 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior Kenan Christon. “Miss” is sophomore Ke’ontae Springs. Combined, the underclassmen knocked Cathedral Catholic out of the ballpark, delivering the host Warhawks a 35-14 Western League-opening victory Friday night.
Second-ranked Madison improved to 6-0. Cathedral fell to 2-4.
In a game that featured reigning state champions squaring off, Cathedral was no match for Madison. Christon carried 19 times for 155 yards, scoring on touchdown runs measuring 28, 22 and 38 yards.
Asked what it’s like to bust into the secondary with nothing but green artificial turf in front of him, Christon said, “The only thing I think about is scoring and putting points on the scoreboard.”
Nursing a tender ankle, Springs was a game-time decision to play. Some gimpy ankle. He rocketed for 132 yards on six carries, including a 73-yard score.
Of Christon, Madison coach Rick Jackson said, “He’s going to be right up there with the best ones we’ve ever had.”
And Springs? “He’s lightning quick. If you get out of position, he’s going to make you pay.”
Madison’s defense was equally impressive. Cathedral scored its first touchdown 1 minute, 34 seconds into the game off a blocked punt. On their first eight drives, the Dons gained 8, 7, 1, 36, 10, 2, 5 and minus 6 yards.
Defensive ends Cesar Nillaga and Demanuel Talauati, along with middle linebacker Chris Fatilua wreaked havoc for the Dons.
Norcross is a freelance writer.