Jaguars crush Gators

Published 12:13 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

MADISON — Madison Central got out of the gates quickly, scoring a safety and a 76-yard return off the free kick within the first 27 seconds against Vicksburg and went on to a 58-6 romp Friday night at Jaguar Stadium.

The loss drops Vicksburg to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in Region 2-6A. Madison Central retains its hold on first place with a 4-0 region record and has won four straight since a 1-3 start.

Madison Central starting quarterback Jake Schwartz played only a quarter and a half before letting backup Trey Smith get the remainder of the snaps. Smith was impressive with three TD passes and two scores by run.

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“We got off to a fast start and after that we could just focus on us,” Schwartz said. “Trey needed some reps.”

Vicksburg coach Tavares Johnson was not pleased with his team, even though the Gators did have a 70-yard scoring drive in the second quarter that made it 23-6, at least briefly.

“We didn’t execute our game plan,” Johnson said. “At certain times we would do it, but on other times, we didn’t. Our game plan was sound.”

The Gators did not respond on its opening possession. The Gators had to start from their own 2 after a kickoff was dropped. On the first play, quarterback Marquez Pickett was sacked by Madison’s Ferderrick Ross for a safety. On the free kick, Madison’s Bryan Gordon went through a wide-open seam for a 76-yard touchdown return. Patrick Rahaim added the first of seven PAT kicks for a 9-0 lead just 27 seconds deep into the game.

Madison’s leading rusher, Daniel Goodspeed, had a 13-yard TD run three minutes later to make it 16-0. Goodspeed finished with 91 rushing yards on eight carries. One of the big gains came on a 45-yard run that set up a 1-yard TD pass from Smith to Kelvin Willams to put Madison up 23-0.

Vicksburg came back with its best sustained drive of the game, going 70 yards in 12 plays. Johnathan Tenner scored on a 25-yard keeper. .

Madison bounced back, getting a 1-yard TD run from Smith and a 47-yard interception return from Jeffrey Pate to take a 37-6 halftime lead.

Vicksburg’s defense forced Madison to punt on its first possession of the second half and Pickett had a 20-yard completion to Tenner. But three plays later, he was intercepted for the second time and it was all downhill from there.

Smith led three touchdown drives to finish the rout. He had a 13-yard TD pass to Keith Williams, a 61-yard TD pass to Brandon Moore and a 50-yard run with 6:14 left in the game.