Five different players rushed for eight touchdowns and Madison showed why it’s considered among the state’s elite teams with a 56-8 victory over Jefferson on Friday night. Justin Goodwin, Carson Lassiter and Dave Luttinger each rushed for a pair of scores for the unbeaten Dodgers (5-0).
Shone Register and Layton Lassiter also rushed for scores for Madison. The Dodgers built a 42-0 advantage at the half and never looked back. Their unbeaten string extends to 30 games with the triumph. Kamaali Roberts rushed for an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Jefferson (4-2).
It was no contest. Offensively, the Dodgers built a 42-0 lead at halftime, stopped to enjoy the Senior Day festivities and then took advantage of the running clock the rest of the way. The Madison ground game was superb. The Dodgers consistently ground it out against the Falcons. On defense, Madison swamped standout Falcons quarterback J. R. Reese and never allowed the junior signal caller to generate a passing attack or run for yardage. Madison is running on all cylinders and should be in top form against road foe Lenape Valley next week.
DODGER(S) OF THE GAME
Give some love to the offensive line. Tight ends John Young and Collin Scarpello, tackles Will Mottola and Michael Ubertaccio, center Billy Kennedy and guards Matt Fastiggi and Jaywon Brown opened up plenty of holes for the Madison rushers and quarterback Carson Lassiter to dash through. They helped opened up a big lead on a good Falcons team and didn’t stop until the Senior Day victory was well in hand.
TOP DODGERS OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
RUSHING: Justin Goodwin (6 carries for 72 yards; two touchdowns); Carson Lassiter (5 rushes for 37 yards and two touchdowns); Dave Luttinger (2 carries for 27 yards and two touchdowns) Layton Lassiter (five carries, 89 yards and one touchdown); Shone Register (4 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown)
THEY SAID IT
“The whole line is new this year except for Collin Scarpello, one of our tight ends. That was the big question mark. Last year we lost our whole line so coach definitely got them in shape this year. … Our line is really athletic. We have guys that can move just as fast as the running backs can. That’s definitely an advantage for us. When you get the ball and you see that hole is already there, you take off. It makes our job a lot easier. … Jefferson is a really good team. They are tough up front but really came to play today and our line showed up and started opening those holes.’’ Madison quarterback Carson Lassiter.
“We were expecting to come out fired up. Our defense was ready. We thought it was going to be a key test for our secondary. We scouted hard. We were ready. The line was amazing today. They opened up holes as usual. They were doing their best and opening up holes for me, Carson, Shone, and Layton. … Our linemen: Mottola, Brown, Billy Kennedy, all of them. They are big guys. They are going to move you. They are going to give you their all and they are going to fire out. They are competitive and they want to win just as much as anyone else on this team.’’ Madison running back Justin Goodwin
"We are always ready to play. I have never walked onto the field knowing our guys weren’t ready to play. It was a special game, senior night and all that for us. Our guys play well in big games. They are playing well every game. They knew this was a big game. They knew they (Jefferson) were a good football team. … I am not surprised when we do anything like this. That is what our guys are capable of. Will we always do it, who knows? But it doesn’t shock me when we play this well."
"Our linemen, they have just done a great job. They are a big, strong physical group. It’s meshed with a couple of juniors and some seniors. Things have just fallen into place. They just do a great job. They are much bigger than last year’s group. This is the biggest offensive line I’ve had. It’s not even close. This is our biggest group. … We wanted to put the game away quickly. We knew they were a quick stroke offense also. We wanted to run up some points as fast as possible and then just get out of here. "–Madison head coach Chris Kubik
Up Next—Madison at Lenape Valley 7 p.m. next Friday.
Correction: The unbeaten string extended to 30 games with the win. A previous version had an incorrect number.