Madison Warhawks 53, Point Loma Pointers 7
The Madison Warhawks and the Point Loma Pointers squared off Friday night in a matchup that looked to clarify the power packed Western League picture. Tonight’s game also figured to play a critical role in determining the all-important CIF power rankings used to decide the Division 1 playoff brackets. In front of a packed crowd on Homecoming, this game was all Madison as they scored early and often, overwhelming Point Loma and rolling to a surprisingly easy 53-7 victory.
Madison’s offense was in playoff form, scoring touchdowns on its first four possessions. In their first drive, quarterback Terrell Carter connected with senior running back and wide receiver Ryan Lewis. With a PAT just a little too short, the score is at 6-0 within the first three minutes of the game. Followed by an impressive 58 yard punt return, Lewis was able to drive the Warhawks down the field, setting them up for another touchdown. The Warhawks would score once more in the first quarter with another Carter who goes deep and finds Lewis, who then runs it in for an 80 yard touchdown, bringing the score to 20-0 at the end of the third.
Madison started off with the ball second quarter, continuing with their momentum gained in the first. Senior running back, Erick Buchanan, found an opening in the Point Loma defensive line and runs down the field, dodging two Pointer defenders before finding the end zone for a 33 yard touchdown. On the Warhawks next possession, Point Loma was given the chance to catch their breath as the drive was defined by a series of Madison penalties, breaking their momentum. Madison was able to recover their footing, scoring one more time before the end of the first half in an impressive display of defensive prowess. Middle linebacker, Chris Fatilua forced a fumble in the Point Loma drive which was recovered by Bryson Collins and ran in 52 yards into the endzone.
Score at the half, 34-0 Madison. The second half proved more of the same with Madison going up 47-0 before Point Loma finally got on the board late in the third quarter. In a last effort, Josh Ball was able to find the endzone, bringing the score to 47-7. Madison would score once more in the fourth quarter ensuring their victory.
Madison, currently #9 in the Division 1 power rankings is looking to move up and slip pass Valhalla and Oceanside into the Open Division when the new rankings are released on Monday. Next up for the Warhawks is Division 2 Lincoln, while Point Loma is faced with the daunting task of trying to rebound against #1 Cathedral Catholic.
PREVIEW: Last week’s Chick-Fil-A Game of the Week brought an exciting game between two perennial powerhouses the Madison Warhawks and St. Augustine that resulted in a high-scoring Warhawk win, 56-42, continuing the team’s five week win streak. Madison (5-1) will now be facing off with the Point Loma Pointers (4-2) at a home conference game for the Warhawks.
Madison will be heading into Friday’s game with high expectations, coming off of their other previous victories against Bonita Vista, Eastlake, and Mount Miguel. The Warhawks operate a threatening offense with an aerial attack to be reckoned with. Senior quarterback Terrell Carter has complete 88 of his 146 attempted passes this season, averaging 214 passing yards per game. Erick Buchanan, alongside Carter, make a dynamic offensive duo as Buchanan has tallied an impressive 839 total rushing yards on the season and averages around 139 rushing yards per game. Combined with a strong defense, led by Oregon commit Sampson Niu and Cesar Nillaga, the Warhawks could mean trouble for Point Loma.
On the opposing side, the Point Loma Pointers are coming into the game with a win streak of their own, hoping to add a fourth week to their season. The Pointers have defeated some strong teams this season, including Ramona and Olympian, but suffered some tough losses as well such as Lincoln. Point Loma’s junior running back Josh Ball leads a strong offensive ground ball for the Pointers, tallying three TD’s in their game last week against Mira Mesa and racking up 19 carries for 168 yards. Ball has 384 combined yards in the season. Point Loma’s defense is led by sophomore Cameron Ava’a and senior Patrick Rutledge.
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Madison. For the highlights of this game, don’t forget to watch the Prep Pigskin Report Friday nights at 10:30 p.m.