Lightning did something Madison couldn’t do — stop St. Augustine.
The Saints led 24-7 with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter when lightning was spotted and the game stopped. The field was cleared and spectators were also ordered out of the aluminum stands.
Lightning continued and it started raining heavily. The game was called at 8:55.
Prior to the stoppage, the No. 8-ranked St. Augustine defense was totally stymieing the Warhawks’ rushing game, pushing Madison backward for a total of minus-11 yards.
USC-bound RB Kenan Christon simply could not get past the Saints’ defensive line, gaining six yards on 11 carries. He came in averaging better than nine yards a carry.
Christon did have a chance to flash his speed when he caught a pass out of the backfield and raced 69 yards for the Warhawks’ lone score.
Going the other way, the Saints’ offensive line was just as strong with three sustained drives and a touchdown three plays after the first of three Madison turnovers.
The Saints got a 23-yard touchdown scamper from Byron Cardwell to open the scoring, a 15-yard TD reception 80 seconds later from Brian McCorkle and a 44-yard score when Samuel Scaife III pulled in the long pass from Angela Peraza.
Both coaches were aware of the importance of the Western League game.
“We’d rather move up (to Open),” said Saints coach Joe Kremer, “but either way, Division I will be more competitive.”
“Getting into the Open Division playoffs is always our goal,” said Madison coach Rick Jackson who realizes with the loss the Warhawks will now be hoping for one of the four DI first-round byes.
Brand is a freelance writer.
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