“It feels pretty great,” said a cold but satisfied Madison-Grant Argyll Clayton Powell Friday night.
The Argylls, hitting their stride at just the right time, continued their march through Class A Sectional 43 with a thorough dismantling of Union City, 55-27.
The win marked is M-G's fourth in a row after starting the season with seven consecutive losses. Even when things seemed bleak during the losses, Coach Brady Turner never stopped believing in his squad.
“We knew we had a better team than what we were showing,” said Turner. “It was tough in the beginning. Our schedule was brutal.”
The key to defeating the Indians came in an important stretch in the second and third quarters. After allowing Union City scores on its first two possessions, the Argylls clamped down and ripped off 41 unanswered points.
Relying on the running game all night long, M-G racked up over 400 yards on the ground.
“We challenged them (his players) to beat them (Union City) at their own game,” stated Turner. “And they did.”
Powell did a lot of damage in the first half scoring his team’s first two touchdowns of the game. He displayed break-away speed in scoring on runs of 25 and 39 yards.
He totaled 114 yards on nine carries on the night, and he was quick to give away the credit.
“I have to give a big hand to our o-line,” praised Powell. “They gave a great push tonight. They came out and did a great job.”
Seth Lugar was also a vital cog in the Argyll attack. He picked up 120 yards on 10 carries while also finding the end zone once.
Defensively, the Argylls were focused on stopping the run, the heart of the Union City offense. Stacking the box with their defenders may have made them vulnerable to the pass at times, but it clogged the running lanes.
“Our defensive line played amazing,” said Turner. “We used fast guys on the line, were gang tackling, and getting a lot of hats on the ball. We had to stop 23 (Jayden Hindsley). He’s one of the best backs we’ve seen this year.”
Hindsley, who had gained over 1,000 yards this season, was bottled up most of the night until late in the game. He finished with 92 hard-earned yards on 22 carries.
Union City found some success through the air, Hunter Reagan throwing for 173 yards.
Randall Fultz was another M-G runner with an effective night with 61 yards and one score. Jonah Johnson and Tanner Brooks both scored for the Argylls.
Quarterback Jack Thompson played an efficient game running the Argyll offense. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 62 yards and scored twice on a pair of short runs.
The Argylls, now 4-7 on the season, advance to the championship game next Friday at Class 2A No. 2 South Adams (11-0). Union City finished its season, 5-6.
“We kept working,” Turner said of his team this season. “We stayed focused and now it is paying off.”