Madison Prep’s Michael Roach would have been happy with short gains that moved the chains and chewed up the clock.
Roach had no problem with the big plays. And he got plenty of them as the eighth-ranked Chargers dismantled The Dunham School 41-7 in a District 6-2A game played Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
“That was the most complete game we’ve played all year,” Roach said. “We knew at the beginning of the year that we’d have glitches. But we also thought by the end of the year we could real get things rolling and I think we have.
“It comes at the right time because we look forward to playing Episcopal next week. We’ll see what happens.”
With the win, MPA (8-0, 5-0) heads toward another 6-2A showdown at Episcopal (7-1, 5-0) next Friday. The series of big plays and a suffocating defense should help Roach rest a little easier until then.
Quincy Banks ran for a game-high 134 yards on 15 carries and scored two third-quarter touchdowns for the Chargers, who led 21-0 at the half. Tyrese Walker added 87 yards and a TD. He also collected an interception on defense.
Edwin Kleinpeter scored on a 21-yard run and passed for two TDs. By contrast, Dunham had just five first downs and didn’t score until Mike Williams completed a 41-yard pass to Abel Duhon and then scored with 2:49 left in the game.
Banks’ 65-yarder provided the final momentum shift in the third quarter that doomed Dunham (6-2, 3-2).
“They get all the credit,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “We put ourselves in some bad situations. Right off the bat on our first possession we had a penalty. But a lot of that had to do with them.
“They had a great game plan and they executed it. This is a valuable lesson for us going into the playoffs. How do you react when you get punched in the mouth by a physical team? Well, tonight it took as a while to recover but we kept fighting.”
Madison Prep scored points in a hurry late in the first quarter. Kleinpeter scored on a 21-yard run that made it 2:12 left. The Chargers’ Cedric Tripplett recovered a fumble on the kickoff.
And the next play was a big one — a 36-yard TD strike from Kleinpeter to Brian Savoie that made it 13-0.
“I believe in our backs and everyone on our offense,” Kleinpeter said. “We wanted to make plays.”
Dunham countered with its best possession of the half. A 23-yard halfback from Derek Stingley to Tony Huey helped the Tigers move into the MPA red zone. Dunham had a first-and-goal. An interception by the Chargers’ Tasmin Walker ended the threat.
MPA extended its lead to 21-0 on a 34-yard TD pass from Kleinpeter to Lyndon Rash with 4:16 left in the half.
“We wanted to defeat the offense,” MPA defensive lineman Bryan Jones added. “Our goal was to get past their line on every play.”
Tyrese Walker scored on a 7-yard to open the scoring for Madison Prep in the second half. Banks added back-to-back touchdowns sandwiched around a Dunham fumble to put the game away, including the 65-yarder with 5:51 left in the third quarter.
Jones, linebacker Troy Jones and lineman/linebacker Malcolm Roach led a defense that limited Dunham to 25 rushing yards.
“We gave up some points a few games back, but we just wanted to go out and prove we’ve got one of the best defenses,” Malcolm Roach said. “We played bad in a few spots, but overall it was good. We’ll take it.”