Madison hammered Hillcrest 35-7 in Bobcat Stadium moving the Cats’ home record to 2-0.
The Bobcats shutout the Knights in the first quarter but didn’t start scoring until the second quarter. Then the Bobcats put a flurry of points to go 21-0 at halftime.
“We picked up our urgency,” said Madison head coach Chandler Rhoades. “We were a little bit sluggish to start. Then we just played with more urgency in the second quarter and kind of got things going.”
The Cats’ once in third and fourth quarters on 34 and 42 yard runs from quarterback Kieren Valora and running back Ben Dredge.
The Bobcats ran for 122(Bear River) and 143(Lewiston) yards in their first two games, but decided to emphasize the run game on Friday. The Cats racked up 212 rushing yards averaging 6.2 yards-per-carry.
“We wanted to try to be physical up front and run the ball,” Rhoades said. “The line did a good job and our running back Ben Dredge ran the ball really hard and made a lot of plays for us tonight.”
Dredge ran for 165 yards averaging 7.9 yards-per-carry.
“The line did a really good job blocking for him and he has really good vision and really good feet,” Rhoades said. “He’s able to find creases. He’s a strong kid and when he gets in the open field he has enough speed to separate and create explosive plays.”
The Bobcat defense played their best game of the season allowing only 170 yards of total offense. They also scored themselves when Cody Rydalch nabbed an interception and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter.
“I thought our defense was good,” Rhoades said. “Really really solid. We scored on defense. We stopped them and we were physical and I thought they did a really good job of being disciplined.”
Madison will play another 4A team from Idaho Falls at home next week when Bonneville comes to town. The Bees have an 0-3 record.