Madison routs Roosevelt in 27-6A action
The fear of getting hit by an approaching defensive back, while paying closer attention to a football in flight, is something with which all wide receivers must cope.
But that was not much of a concern for Madison on Saturday, when its pass catchers saw much more green than the red, white and blue of Roosevelt.
The Mavericks often found wide-open spaces within the Rough Riders’ defense, which enabled quarterback Dante Heaggans to pass for 280 yards in a 33-3 win in front of 3,133 fans at Heroes Stadium. Six of his 13 completions resulted in gains of at least 20 yards, and he capped the scoring with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Michael Garza.
“We just really focused on film this week and focused on our routes to get open,” said Madison senior Aydin Hoffman, who finished with six catches for a game-high 131 yards.
The Mavericks (3-2, 2-0 District 27-6A), No. 9 in the Express-News area Class 6A rankings, won their third game in a row and third straight against the Rough Riders (2-3, 1-1).
Roosevelt tried to make up for the big gains it allowed with three first-half takeaways — interceptions by Elon Gonzalez and Josh Hollis and a fumble recovery by Zacory Fitzgerald — but the only points it mustered was Austin Schulze’s 45-yard field goal as the second quarter expired. The Rough Riders were held to 151 total yards, dropped five passes and punted four times from Mavericks territory, with one of those instances coming after a false-start penalty on fourth-and-2 from the 37-yard line.
“Simple mistakes,” Schulze said. “It’s frustrating, but we’ve just got to bounce back.”
Heaggans and the Madison offense started fast, zipping 85 yards in seven plays that were an effective mix of runs and passes. Christian Hernandez capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, but the Mavericks settled for a 6-0 lead because they went for two points and failed.
Hernandez, who led 10 Madison rushers with 73 yards on 12 carries, gave his team a 13-0 lead with an 8-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter. That capped a 17-play, 84-yard march that spanned almost 6 minutes.
The lead ballooned to 20-0 less than two minutes later, when Heaggans rushed for a 1-yard TD. Three plays earlier, Madison’s Noah Dudley intercepted a Carlos Garibay pass that was tipped by star outside linebacker Jamie Ferguson.
“It started to be over (at that point),” Ferguson said. “But we’re going to keep our foot on the gas.”
Schulze’s half-ending field goal notwithstanding, the Mavericks did just that. They pitched a second-half shutout, did not commit any more turnovers and padded their lead.
Four plays after a 58-yard completion from Heaggans to a wide-open Hoffman, Darien Gill ran for a 1-yard TD to give Madison a 26-3 lead with 3:42 left in the third quarter. Heaggans connected with a wide-open Garza for his long scoring pass on the final play of the period.