Madison Prep coach Michael Roach had a simple message for his team following its 45-7 win over Christian Life Friday night at Glen Oaks High: Stay focused.
In dispatching of Christian Life using a solid running game and an impenetrable defense, the seventh-ranked Chargers (10-0, 7-0) wrapped up the District 6-2A title. The unbeaten regular season is a first for Madison Prep, but Roach doesn’t want his team to be satisfied.
“When you go 10-0, the biggest thing is staying focused,” Roach said. “I remember in 1995, we were ranked No. 1 at Southern Lab, undefeated, and we lost in the first round. I’ve been there before.
“We’ve got to keep our focus every minute of every day, because there’s a bigger prize at the end of this.”
Against Christian Life (5-5, 2-5), Madison Prep attempted just three passes and rushed for 439 yards. The Chargers defense sacked Christian Life’s Prince Davis six times, and held the Crusaders to 49 yards of total offense.
Tyrese Walker led the way with 189 yards and two touchdowns. He only carried the ball 11 times but had four runs longer than 30 yards. Also turning in a huge night was Quincy Banks with 177 yards and three scores on 15 rushes.
Christian Life had difficulty containing the Madison Prep defense all game. Davis completed 2 of 11 passes for 32 yards. Jacob Kibodi’s 61-yard fourth-quarter run was one of the Crusaders’ few highlights.
The lone Crusaders score came in the first quarter when Ludovic Kader returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The play pulled CLA to within 15-7.
“(Madison Prep) is as advertised,” CLA coach Ben Palmer said of the MPA defense. “They’re big, they’re fast, they’re physical, and they’re hard to block. Our kids played their tails off, but they were the better team tonight. Coach Roach has done a phenomenal job.”
Madison Prep outscored Christian Life 35-7 in the first half to put the game away early.
The Chargers went 42 yards on their opening series — a short drive that Walker finished off with a 34-yard run through a huge hole in the middle of the line.
MPA extended the lead to 15-0 with a 39-yard drive that featured five straight handoffs to Banks. His longest run was 24 yards, and his last, a 1-yarder, provided the score.
Following Kader’s kickoff return, the Chargers went 64 yards in five plays. On third-and-12 near midfield, Walker took an inside handoff 55 yards for his second score.
The MPA defense forced a punt on the ensuing series, which Brian Savoie fielded at the MPA 40. He headed right, reversed field, and raced down the left sideline for the touchdown.
Leading 29-7, Madison Prep put together its longest drive of the game just before halftime. Starting at the MPA 15, the Chargers overcame two penalties and scored in six plays.
Runs of 35 yards by Banks and 32 yards by Walker sparked the drive. Banks got the score on a 10-yard run as MPA led 35-7 at the half.
“We’re built for this. We’re a power-running team,” Roach said. “I’m an old-fashioned guy. Just give me two running backs and a tight end.”