Jersey Mike's City Game of the Week; Madison Warhawks 48, Carlsbad Lancers 13
By Luke Sutherland
Week two of the CIF San Diego playoffs came and went, but not without plenty of highlights, heartbreak, and memories that will last forever. The Madison Warhawks and Carlsbad Lancers made a few of those memories themselves with Madison taking the Friday night battle by a dominating score of 48-13.
Madison was obviously a team on a mission, having barely missed out on a trip to the Open Division playoffs. The top seed in Division 1 wasn’t a bad consolation prize at all, and the Warhawks played just like a number one team should. Star running back Erick Buchanan kicked things off with a 12 yard touchdown, and not too long after he found pay dirt again on a 49 yard run.
Buchanan just so happens to also have a great quarterback for a teammate, Terrell Carter continued to play like one of the top signal callers in the county. He did start off a little rocky but found his footing with an interesting sequence of plays. It all started thanks to defensive end Donte Grady’s quick reflexes, batting a Carlsbad pass in the air for teammate Cesar Nillaga to snatch up. Wide receiver Brandon Lewis then caught a great pass from Carter in the back of the end zone, but too much bobbling of the ball led the refs to call the throw an incomplete. Just to prove that play was a fluke, Lewis ran the same route and ended up with a 33 yard touchdown catch making it 20-0 Madison early in the 2nd quarter.
Isaiah Ramos managed to get Carlsbad on the board with a couple of touchdown passes but Madison’s near perfect performance couldn’t be matched. The Madison Warhawks had plenty of worthy candidates for the Jersey Mikes City Game of the Week MVP. Terrell Carter, who finished 2nd in fan voting for the Silver Pigskin award, showed he could’ve easily been on the list by throwing 2 touchdown passes. Erick Buchanan is also an easy pick; who knows what kind of records would be broken if he kept playing. Buchanan already had 161 yards and 3 touchdowns on only 10 carries before calling it a night at halftime. Even Erick’s backup could possibly get the nod: Kenan Christon totaled 48 yards on 7 attempts. In the end the chosen Warhawk was wide receiver Brandon Lewis. His 33 yard touchdown reception was his only touch of the night but it was one heck of a catch. Lewis and his Madison squad look to keep rolling in a highly anticipated battle next week against the San Marcos Knights. Tune into Prep Pigskin Report next Friday at 10:30 PM for more playoff football!
PREVIEW - If last weeks opening round of CIF San Diego playoffs was the entree, then this week is sure to be the main course. The Open Division contestants won’t be the only schools making their 2016 postseason debuts, every other divisions top 4 squads will return to the field as well. That includes Division Ones top team, the Madison Warhawks. They’ll be taking on the 9th seeded Carlsbad Lancers in the Jersey Mikes City Game of the Week.
The 4-7 Carlsbad Lancers come into this battle with plenty of momentum, earning a solid 27-14 victory at Steele Canyon thanks to a vicious defense. The Lancers defense racked up 7 sacks to go with 2 interceptions, and quarterback Isaiah Ramos aired it out on offense with 3 passing touchdowns. Jesse Atiga and Raphael Cooper lead the ground game with 346 and 303 rushing yards respectively; Atiga is also a defensive threat with 4 sacks on the season. Carlsbad has a strong group of players that might’ve gotten hot at just the right time.
It would definitely be a cinderella story if Carlsbad can pull off the upset, and not just because the 8-2 Madison Warhawks are the #1 seed. Madison will be hungry to get back on track after a tough loss against Cathedral Catholic to end the regular season. They have the weapons to do so, quarterback Terrell Carter has thrown 25 touchdowns while only being picked off 3 times the entire year! He’s hard enough to stop on his own, but add running back Erick Buchanan with his 1207 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns and it becomes nearly impossible. Far from a one trick team, Madison boasts some star power on the defensive side with linebackers Sami Nui and Chris Fatilua leading the way.
This will be more than a strong test for a well rested Warhawk team. If Carlsbad can play like they did last week, they could very well shock the world. Tune into Prep Pigskin Report this Friday to see who comes out on top in Week 2 of playoff action!