-Madison Mauls M-U 30-6
By Brett Barnes
The Bulldogs of Milton-Union were returning back to Memorial Stadium after a successful two game road trip, and coaches and players alike were eager to prove that their recent success could be sustained on Homecoming 2014. After all, “There’s no place like home.”
Unfortunately, the home Bulldogs in no way, shape, or form resemble the away Dogs, who had trampled their last two opponents scoring early, often and at will with very few turnovers or costly penalties. The home Dogs had the football ten times on Friday night: They scored once, lost three fumbles, punted three times, lost the ball twice on downs, and threw an interception, as the Madison Mohawks took advantage of every opportunity to win the football game going away 30-6.
The first possession was an omen for the evening, when the Bulldogs punt snap rolled back to the punter for a loss of fifteen. However, the Bulldog defense stood firm, and Madison lost the ball on downs.
After a methodical Bulldog drive of twelve plays, Madison stood tall and stopped the Bulldogs deep in Madison territory. That’s when Mohawk running back Carter Nicks began his night for the ages. The powerful runner broke off a 66 yard run that eventually ended with a 42 yard field goal and a 3-0 Mohawk lead late in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs continued giving the ball away and fumbled on their first two plays of the second quarter. After the second fumble, Nicks scored touchdown number one, and Madison jumped the lead to 9-0.
On the last possession of the half, the Bulldogs had their best opportunity to score with the ball deep in Mohawk’ territory. On fourth and goal from the six, Madison held, and the Bulldogs trudged to the locker room down by nine.
The third quarter was all Mohawks, who scored three touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. Two of those belonged to Nicks, who ended with 182 yards rushing on the night. The Madison lead had ballooned to 30-0.
With the OHSAA “mercy rule” in effect and the clock running, Blake Smith had a nice offensive series completing three passes, the last to Senior Chase Martens from 23 yards away for M-U’s only score of the evening. The rest of the quarter played out without fanfare with the final score reading Madison 30, M-U 6.
Milton heads back on the road and renews an old rivalry next week with the Brookville Blue Devils. Game time is 7:00.