The Dixie Flyers from St. George, Utah came into their contest against the Madison Warhawks with a lot of respect for their opponent. Their assistant coaches commented on Madison’s margin of victory in their first three games as something they were concerned about.
The game got off to a slow start with both team struggling to move the ball offensively and at the end of the 1st quarter Madison held a 3-0 lead. Dixie took a 7-3 when QB Jacob Barden connected with WR Payden Harrah for a 20 yard TD. Madison took the lead into halftime when Senior LB/RB Demanuel Talauati rumbled for 13 yards and a TD to make it 13-10 Madison.
In the second half Madison’s defense took over converting big hits into turnovers. Chris Fatilua intercepted a pass tipped into the air on a big hit on Barden and RB Ke’ontae Springs ran it into the end zone on the next play from 30 yards out giving the Warhawks a 10-point cushion 17-7. Later, after Dixie trimmed the deficit to 3 points, MLB Zach McCartney recovered a Barden fumble at the end of the 3rd quarter setting up another Springs TD run of 41 yards.
Madison went on to win by a final of 24-14 to improve to 4-0. Dixie heads back to Utah with their first loss of the season. They are now 4-1. The Warhawks have a bye next week before hosting Mount Miguel on the 29th.
The Madison Warhawks have barely broken a sweat in getting off to a 3-0 start to begin the season with an average margin of victory of 36 points. They have a much bigger challenge when the Dixie Flyers come to town from St. George Utah. The Flyers are a top 100 team in the nation, are ranked 3rd in the state of Utah, and are off to a 4-0 start.
It will be an interesting contrast of styles offensively as Madison head coach Rick Jackson emphasizes the run with his spread option attack led by junior RB Kenan Christon who has run for 453 yards and 6 TD’s while averaging 16.2 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Flyers senior QB Jacob Barben leads an aerial attack that throws the ball 25 times per game. Barben has completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,240 yards 14 TD and 1 INT. He has two veteran targets in seniors Hobbs Nyberg (26 receptions 540 yards 9 TD) and Payden Harrah (23 receptions 424 yards 2 TD).
Madison likes to run an up tempo offense to wear down the opposing defense but the Flyers have a quick strike capability with their passing game as well.
Tune into the PPR on KUSI Friday night at 10:30 to catch all of the highlights of what figures to be an exciting game.