The Lee Volunteers thought that their bye week would help them and their defense bounce back from a brutal two game stretch. Well, so much for that.
Madison quarterback Cody Ennis was 16/22 for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Madison Mavericks jumped out on the Vols (3-4) and never looked back on their way to a 52-7 victory over the Lee Volunteers; their 26th straight win over Lee.
The Volunteers defense has now allowed 51.6 points per game over the last 3 games, all losses, and now must win out at best in order to make the playoffs.
The game started out with Madison scoring on just the 3rd play of the game as Ennis threw a 61 yard touchdown pass to Bryon Daniels to put the Mavs up 7-0.
A Vol 3 and out was followed by an 8 yard touchdown run by Dominique Daniels to put Madison up 14-0, and by the time the first 15 minutes were over, a Vol defense that had been giving up 51.5 points per game over the last previous games had given up 24.
Trailing 24-0 to open the second quarter, Vols QB Jack Friedland (11/27 93 yards 1 touchdown 2 interceptions); who replaced Freedom Salas in the starting lineup, threw the first of his two interceptions, which led to a 24 field goal for the Mavs and a 27-0 lead.
Just before the half, history was made. Ennis hit Ja’Michal Brown for a 15 yard touchdown to put the Mavs up 33-0 at halftime, the third game in a row the Volunteers had given up 30 0r more points in the first half.
As if the first half wasn’t bad enough, the Mavericks went up 39-0 after a 30 yard Kyle Southern touchdown with 9:10 left in the 3rd quarter.
On a positive note, the Vols once again managed to avoid their first shutout since November 1st 2012 when Friedland hit Chris Adams for an 8 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. If the Vols are gonna make the playoffs, they will need to win out at best.
They can start by beating 1-7 MacArthur on Friday night, their homecoming game.
Notes: The last time the Lee Volunteers beat the Madison Mavericks was 1987. At the time, Ronald Reagan was our president, David Robinson was drafted by the Spurs, and the author of this story was not born. Madison has a bye week before taking on MacArthur on November 2nd, while Lee hosts MacArthur this Friday.