While Madison County’s junior varsity squad struggled to put points on the board against Alcovy recently, the MCHS ninth grade team faced no such difficulty, downing the Tigers 34-7 in Alcovy.
“We started kind of slowly on offense in the first quarter,” said MCHS ninth grade coach Chris Smith. “But we picked it up in the second quarter and scored three times.”
Malik Freeman led the 3-1 ninth grade squad, scoring three touchdowns, including a 20-yard strike from T.J. Skelton and two rushing touchdowns. Smith estimated that Freeman rushed for about 70 yards in two quarters of action.
Javonte Griffin also ran for a touchdown and about 40 yards on a handful of carries.
“He had a good game with some big runs in the second half,” said Smith.
Smith said Skelton had a good game running and throwing the football.
“He made solid reads in our option game and had well over 100 yards passing,” said Smith.
The coach said the Red Raider defense stifled the Alcovy attack, controlling the line of scrimmage. The Tigers’ lone score came after a bad Red Raider snap set Alcovy up on Madison County’s 20.
“The kids really got after it on defense,” said Smith, who praised the play of Jalyn Howard, Eric Smith and Christian Dean.
Smith said the ninth grade team is “good nucleus of kids.”
“They come out and work hard and enjoy playing the game,” he said.
Madison County will host Habersham Central Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and traveling to Flowery Branch Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.