The Madison Warhawks were victorious over the Cathedral Catholic Dons in the first conference game of the season, putting the Warhawks ahead in the Western League. This result extends Madison’s win streak to six for a perfect overall record of 6-0, while the Dons’ record shifts to 2-4.
The Dons started off strong, blocking a Madison punt early in the first quarter. Running back Ethan Simley would recover that punt and return it 5 yards for a touchdown to put Cathedral up 7-0. However, Madison took control soon after.
Later in the first quarter, Warhawks running back Kenan Christon ran the ball 21 yards into the end zone to tie the game 7-7. Running back Ke’ontae Springs kept it coming with a 73-yard TD run to put the Warhawks up 14-7. In the third quarter, quarterback Mario Alves wanted in on the action, and ran the ball in for a 9-yard QB keeper to make the score 21-7 Madison.
Kenan Christon shined in this game, as he went on to score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Kristen’s 3 TD’s on the night made him the outstanding offensive player of the game, while defensive end Demanuel Talauati’s 4 sacks made him the standout defensive player of the game.
The Dons scored again late in the fourth quarter, thanks to Kai Brown’s 23-yard TD pass to Zion Sorani, but the Warhawks had already done too much damage. Madison went on to win by a final score of 35-14.
Madison will look to keep their win streak alive as they take on St. Augustine next Friday, while Cathedral will look to bounce back with a win against Scripps Ranch. Tune in to PPR on KUSI every Friday night at 10:30pm to keep up with all the best highlights and recaps.
PREVIEW: Week 7 of the Prep Pigskin Report takes us to Madison High School, where the Warhawks will host the Cathedral Catholic Dons this Friday at 6:30pm for Conference Game #1. Both teams are defending state champions, the Dons in Division 1-AA and the Warhawks in Division 2-AA, and both will be eager to get ahead in the Western League. This year, CIFSDS will be using MaxPreps to determine playoff match-ups, and interestingly enough, based on the current standings, Madison and Cathedral are predicted to play each other as the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds respectively in the open division. Thus this should be an exciting mid-season matchup.
The Warhawks, led by 14th-year head coach Rick Jackson, have had a commanding start to their season with a record of 5-0. Each of the wins were by strong margins of victory, against teams such as Steele Canyon, Dixie (Ranked No. 9 in Utah), and El Capitan. Madison has yet to meet their match, so perhaps Cathedral will be the challenge they’ve been waiting for.
Anchoring the dominant Madison offense is sophomore QB Mario Alves, who has thrown 9 TD passes so far this season, and averages 119 passing yards per game. Leading the team in rushing yards is junior running back Kenan Christon, who in just five games has 38 carries for 538 yards and 6 TD’s. He’s followed closely by sophomore RB Ke’ontae Springs, who already has 46 carries for 490 yards and 6 TD’s. On the receiving end, junior wide receiver Daniel Stokes has 10 catches for 306 yards and 4 touchdowns. Madison has tremendous skill on the other side of the ball as well; be on the lookout for senior linebacker Chris Fatilua, who is considered one of the top 10 inside linebackers in the state, to anchor a very physical defense.
The Dons, led by 22nd-year head coach Sean Doyle, are 2-3 so far this season. It is important to note that all three losses came at the hands of tough opponents ranked in CA, including Orange Lutheran (No. 8), Helix (No. 17), and Del Oro (No. 49). When the Dons played Westview and Olympian, they achieved commanding victories. In the Week 3 victory over Westview, for example, Cathedral seemed to find its rhythm as six different Dons scored at least one touchdown, and senior quarterback Kai Brown had two QB keepers.
The Dons will look to rediscover that momentum on Friday night. However, the Dons will be without their star running back, Shawn Poma, who was pivotal on offense last year, rushing for 1,338 yards and 19 TD’s. Poma recently suffered a season-ending knee injury. As for defense, five of the top tacklers from last year’s team graduated, but there is still talent on this year’s defensive squad including senior linebacker Jake Lynch and senior cornerback Colin Meyers.
The last time these teams played each other on November 4, 2016, Cathedral beat Madison by a score of 31-7 at Cathedral, and the Dons went on to win the Western League. The Warhawks will be hungry to change that narrative and get the win on their home turf on Friday.
Kickoff is set for 6:30pm. Make sure to tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30pm on KUSI for recaps and highlights of this game and more throughout the county, and be sure to follow @RedJacketArmy on Instagram and Twitter.