It’s customary that T-shirts are thrown out at Madison County High School after every Raider touchdown.
By the third quarter Friday night, the tees were out of stock.
Madison County (1-1) scored early and often in a 44-7 rout of Winder-Barrow following a disappointing loss to Rockdale County last week.
Players cited a good week at practice.
“We just let it (the loss to Rockdale) go Sunday night and came ready to practice Monday,” senior cornerback Alex Young said.
And if there was any frustration left from last week, the Raiders took it out on Winder-Barrow immediately.
Madison County jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead behind touchdowns from Bracken Turner (16-yard reception), Al Allen (seven-yard run) and Jacob Owens (three yard run). That advantage grew in the second quarter after Owens scored from two yards out and later threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Allen to open up a 35-0 lead.
Allen said the Raiders’ mood was focused before the game.
“The mood was just to come out and execute and get the job done … We had a good week of practice,” he said.
The Raiders added a safety in the third quarter, followed by Spencer Baird’s 18-yard touchdown strike to T.J. McGuire to put Madison County up 44-0 in the third quarter.
Head coach Randell Owens also reflected on the week of practice when addressing his team in the post game huddle, specifically noting last Monday.
“You came in on Labor Day and we labored,” he said. “We got it done.”
The Raiders benefited from four Winder-Barrow turnovers: three fumble recoveries and an interception from Haden Martin. The Madison County defense also did a number on Winder-Barrow, shutting out the Bulldoggs until late in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Owens had his most efficient night passing, competing 9-of-17 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns to go with his two scores on the ground. Jamal Cooper had one of the biggest performances of his career, catching three passes for 72 yards, as did Turner. The junior hauled in five catches for 76 yards.
With both the passing game and ground attack clicking, Madison County out-gained Winder-Barrow 327 to 65. At one point in the third quarter, the Bulldoggs had gained just nine yards of total offense on the evening.
Winder-Barrow managed just two first downs.
“We had a good week of practice and it showed out here on the field,” Young said.
The 44 points Friday were the most Madison County has scored in a region game since posting 47 against Salem in a shootout with the Seminoles in 2006.