Madison Prep Academy’s football program may be in its third season of existence, but the Chargers are all grown up now.
No. 7 Madison Prep moved a step closer toward an outright District 7-2A championship and undefeated season, rallying from its first deficit in league play for a 21-11 victory Friday over Episcopal at Memorial Field.
“That’s a big accomplishment for anybody to say that you’re district champions and we have a chance to do something now and go undefeated in the regular season,” MPA coach Michael Roach said “That’s going to be our goal and that’s to finish the season out strong and undefeated. For our program that’s a monumental accomplishment.”
Madison Prep (9-0, 6-0) can complete its perfect run through the regular season next week against Christian Life.
Quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to Brian Savoie and Tyrese Walker was part of the determined ground effort in the second half, adding an 8-yard score for 21-5 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter after Keyonne Hawkins’ third extra point.
Walker rushed 17 times for 163 yards, powering MPA’s rushing attack that resulted in 174 yards on 27 carries after halftime.
MPA’s defense had Episcopal’s T.J. Wisham in its sights from the outset, loading the tackle box with 9 to 10 defenders, limiting the area’s lower school rushing leader to 28 yards on 19 carries.
The Chargers outgained the Knights 352-102, including 198-52 in the second half.
“They took us out of the things we wanted to do,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “Everyone knows what No. 23 (Wisham) can do for us and they took him out. They dominated the line of scrimmage and that’s where that game was won.”
Episcopal (7-2, 5-1) didn’t help its cause in trying to stay within arm’s reach, getting only a touchdown after forcing MPA into four turnovers, including three in the third quarter alone.
The Knights stopped a stretch of 21 unanswered points when quarterback Kade Edenfield perfectly led Brennan Folse on a 13-yard TD pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The try for two points failed, accounting for the final score.
“When you play teams like that you have to make them pay for the turnovers,” Bourgeois said. “It’s a credit to them, they did an outstanding job.”
Caden Dickinson sacked Kleinpeter in the end zone on MPA’s third offensive play for a safety and Episcopal added a 27-yard field goal from Trevor Bisson on the second play of the second quarter for a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Kleinpeter, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 123 yards, delivered scoring strikes of 13 and 27 yards, respectively, to Savoie with the latter making it 14-5 with 30 seconds to go before halftime.
“They came out and were ready to play,” Roach said. “That’s a good ball club. They’re not as big and strong as us, but they scrapped.”