LIVONIA — Mike Roach will remember the 2015 season opener as a milestone for the Madison Prep football program.
He did not exaggerate. The Chargers — in only their third year of varsity football — dealt defending Class 3A state champion Livonia High a stunning 13-7 loss Friday at Glen Matherne Stadium.
“It’s the biggest night in the history of this program,” Roach said. “To hold off a great team like Livonia is huge for our program.”
Quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter powered the Chargers offense by completing 10 of 14 passes for 138 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
Kleinpeter connected with Tyrese Walker on an 18-yard TD pass with 56 seconds left in the first quarter to cap a six-play, 87-yard drive. A blocked point-after kick held the Chargers to a 6-0 lead.
Madison Prep widened the gap on its second drive of the second quarter when Patrick Banks punched in a score on a 1-yard sneak with 8:09 left in the second. A Keyonne Hawking point-after kick put the Chargers ahead 13-0.
“They’re a big, fast football team that created issues for us,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “Offensively, we just couldn’t get anything established.”
Livonia senior quarterback Cee Jay Powell jump-started the Wildcats when he faked an option and dodged tackles for a 64-yard TD run with seven minutes left in the half. Bryce LeBlanc booted the point-after kick.
The Wildcats fell short on a couple of opportunities to take the lead in the second half.
Carries by Powell and Patrick Queen put the Wildcats at the Chargers 39, but two consecutive 5-yard flags on illegal procedures forced LHS to punt back to Madison Prep.
A holding call blocked a Chargers TD on an 18-yard Kleinpeter keeper on a third down.
The Wildcats regained possession one last time, but the Chargers stuffed Queen for a 10-yard loss, which led to a Powell punt that kept Madison Prep deep in Livonia territory.
“It’s similar to the issues we had last week against University High — we stopped ourselves in the first quarter,” Mistretta said. “In the second half, a lack of confidence created issues for us.”
Madison Prep came up short on a field goal try on the drive in the last five minutes. The Wildcats got one more possession, but the Chargers defense halted any momentum before they regained possession and ran out the clock.
“We knew our guys would be ready physically, but I was worried about the discipline,” Roach said. “These guys showed they could play with a state champion team, so now we’re on a mission for a state title.”