Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By DOUG GORMAN
The Madras Eagles scored touchdowns on their first and next-to-last possession of the game en route to a 12-8 victory over defending CCMSAL champion Smokey Road Tuesday at Northgate’s Henry Seldon Field to claim the county title.
In between, the Eagles came up a solid defensive effort to dethrone the Wildcats.
With Smokey Road driving the football late in the fourth quarter and possibly putting the game away with their second touchdown, the Wildcats fumbled the football back to the Eagles.
Madras’ Jackson Sims recovered the ball with 7:54 left in the game to help set up the winning drive.
A personal foul call against Madras backed the ball up to it own six and forced the Eagles to march 94 yards.
Using a little more than five minutes, the Eagles completed the task when Ton Evans scored on a 27-yard scamper for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:47 left in the game.
Madras converted two other third-down plays during the winning drive to keep the sticks moving.
“This was just a great team effort,” said Madras coach Roy Hitchcock. “I am so proud of the way we worked as a team.”
Smokey Road had one more chance to find the end zone.
A.J. Robinson returned the Madras’ kickoff to the Eagles’ 49, but after picking up one first down, the ball went back over to the Eagles when Smokey Road was stopped on fourth down.
“We just knew we had to rise to the occasion, and stop them,” said Madras’ Dexter Hill.
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Madras set the tone on the second play of game when quarterback Terrance Carter completed a 65-yard pass to Ton Evans for a 6-0 lead.
“I saw that he was open, and I was able to get the ball to him,” Carter said.
Smokey Road nearly answered right back, but after marching from its own 23 to the 27, the ball went back to Mardas on downs.
The Wildcats seized the momentum a few plays later when Kentez Henderson intercepted a pass and returned it deep into Madras territory.
It took Smokey Road just one play to find the end zone as A.J. Robinson took the handoff and scored on 36-yard run with 3:30 left in the first half.
Quarterback Jacob Bryant called his own number on the 2-point conversion for an 8-6 lead at halftime.
Antoine Hall also intercepted Madras on the Eagles’ next drive, but this time the Wildcats were unable to score as time ran out to end the first half.
A penalty against Smokey Road during its final series of the first half took a touchdown off the board and erased Robionson’s 27-yard effort into the end zone.
Robinson finished the game as the Wildcats’ leading rusher, gaining 167 yards. Evans was the leading rusher en route to the win for Madras after rushing for 101 yards.
The offensive line did a great job of opening the holes for us,” Evans said.
Tuesday night’s championship was Hitchcock’s sixth as head coach, the last coming in 2006. Madras last played for the title in 2008. Both games were against Smokey Road.
“We have had some great games with them,” he said “You know when we play them, they are going to be battles.”
Madras, which went into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, finishes the year with a 6-1 record. Smokey Road, which entered the playoffs as the sixth seed, completes the year with a 4-4 record.
CCMSAL Championship at Henry Seldon Field – Madras 12, Smokey Road 8
Smokey Road 0 8 0 0 — 8
Madras 6 0 0 6 — 12
M –Terrance Carter 65 pass to Ton Evans (run failed), 7:11
SR – A.J. Robinson 36 run (Jacob Bryant run), 4:30
SR – Evans 27 run (kick failed), 2:46