Few teams eschew the passing game like Madrid. The Tigers have long lived by the old cliché of “Three yards and a cloud of dust” as the possessors of what is yearly one of the top rushing attacks in the state.
Oct. 11 was not exception, as Madrid did not attempt a pass — or a punt — while running for 393 yards on 55 carries to trample Woodward-Granger, 44-8, in Class A District 7 action.
Madrid (5-2, 4-1) raced to a 16-0 lead after one quarter and held a commanding 34-8 edge after three frames before adding two finals touchdowns in the last 12 minutes to set the final margin. The victory avenged a 52-14 loss to the Hawks last year and all but cemented a home playoff game while almost certainly relegating W-G (4-3, 3-2) to an opening round postseason road trip.
Madrid senior Owen Gibbons had 176 yards on 16 carries with a 62-yard touchdown run while junior Collen Gibbons ran 31 times for 141 yards and five TDs, the longest of which came from just three yards.
Nick Novotny ran six times for 63 yards and Alex Schieltz twice for 13 yards to cap the ground assault, with Owen Gibbons adding three two-point conversion runs and Schieltz one.
The Tiger defense shut down a potent Hawk ground game that had been piling up yardage in recent games. Dylan Garland ran 12 times for 78 yards and a 38-yard TD to pace the hosts while Class A second-leading rusher Marshall Nieland was held to 36 yards on nine rushes.\
Cole Ashman was 9-17-1 for 106 yards passing for W-G. He found Nieland four times for 72 yards and Race Brant four times for 29 yards, with Garland catching one pass for five yards.
Jack Shaffer led Madrid with 11 tackles while Cody Braunschweig had eight stops and Novotny an interception.
Riley Jacobson’s 19 tackles led W-G, with Michael Connor adding 15 tackles and Dylan Nixon nine.
W-G and the Woodward Academy will square off at Hawk stadium on Friday, with the Hawks to occupy the visiting sideline and bleachers. The regular season will end for W-G on Oct. 25 when Bedford visits.