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Heaggan’s six touchdowns lifts Madison into first place

October 13, 2018

When Madison scored the first touchdown of the game, it was with a trick play from offensive coordinator Nathan Young’s playbook.

Madison set up in formation for a field goal, junior place-kicker Michael Garza caught the snap, and tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open senior quarterback Dante Heaggans.

That clever play calling, and relentless defense, led Madison (4-2, 3-0 District 27-6A) to a 42-28 victory over Reagan (4-2, 2-1) on Friday night at Heroes Stadium and first place in the 27-6A standings.

Reagan coach Lyndon Hamilton predicted what Madison’s offense and defense would bring.

“They are really balanced, in the air, Dante gets it out quick, they have a little pull scheme, little midline scheme and its very crafty,” Hamilton said. “Coach Young does a great job of manipulating guys of where he wants them versus opposing defenses. On the defensive side, we got to work it out for us, and on the offensive side, we have to account for our pressures and make sure that we are sound.”

Despite that assessment, Reagan didn’t have an answer for Madison.

Heaggans followed his opening touchdown catch with a 44-yard TD pass to Aydin Hoffman. In the final minute of the half, Heaggans tucked the ball in for a quarterback keep and jolted down the sideline for a 38-yard TD run as Madison 21-0 lead at halftime.

Heaggans finished with 136 passing yards, 243 rushing yards and six touchdowns — one passing, one receiving and four rushing.

Reagan opened the second half with a long drive, and junior quarterback Travis Sthele capped it off with a 1-yard TD run.

Heaggans responded on Madison’s opening second-half drive when he exploded for a 63-yard touchdown run as Madison took a 28-7 lead. Heaggans added two more scores — one for 3 yards and the other for 69 yards.

Madison coach Blaine Pederson applauded his team’s growth this season after an 0-2 start.

“Our defense is coming together, our offense is starting to put some points up and our special teams are really playing great,” Pederson said.

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