No. 2 Madison Central routs Warren Central

Published 1:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2010

For every move Warren Central made Friday night, Madison Central had a counter. For every problem, a solution. Each gamble that paid off was negated in a matter of moments.

The Jaguars wore down WC over time, administering the same clinical beating they’ve given dozens of other opponents, and walked out of Viking Stadium with a 49-7 victory.

Joe Price rushed for 252 yards and five touchdowns for No. 2 Madison Central (7-0, 3-0 Region 2-6A), which won its 22nd consecutive region game and 32nd in a row in the regular season.

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“We were just clearly a bigger and faster team than they were,” Madison Central coach Bobby Hall said. “They didn’t quit, and they held up as best they could. We were just a bigger and faster football team.”

Warren Central (1-6, 0-3) lost for the ninth time in 11 games going back to last season, but did have a rare offensive highlight in an otherwise forgettable night.

On their first possession of the third quarter, the Vikings’ offense snapped a streak of nine quarters without a touchdown when Beau Wallace zipped a 15-yard pass down the seam to Malcolm Grant.

The score cut a huge halftime deficit to 28-7, but the enthusiasm it generated didn’t last long. Madison answered on its next possession with Price’s 51-yard touchdown run to nudge the lead back to four touchdowns.

Price added an 8-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and tacked on his fifth rushing score of the night on a 4-yarder with 8:24 left in the game to make it 49-7. Price also scored on runs of 50 and 34 yards in the first half.

“I don’t know how many long runs he had, but he had too many,” WC coach Josh Morgan said. “We stopped them three-and-out after halftime, scored and got perked up. Then there he goes again. You just can’t do that.”

Madison Central totaled 441 rushing yards as it exerted its will on the Vikings on both sides of the ball. Until the scoring drive, WC hadn’t advanced beyond its own 40-yard line. WC did convert three times on fourth down in the game, but only once was it followed up with another first down.

Wallace completed 19 of 37 passes for 137 yards and the one touchdown for Warren Central, and Grant caught six passes for 76 yards and a score.

Wallace also spread the ball around to seven different receivers as the Vikings showed some signs of life on offense. Still, the running game managed only 37 yards against the staunch Madison defense, which has allowed nine points or less in five of its seven games this season.

“We executed some things offensively. We knew we were going to have to do some things and we did that to a certain extent. We still didn’t finish, though,” Morgan said.