LOGANVILLE – Madison County played 46 minutes of its best football Friday night. But it was Loganville’s two-minute offense that made the difference in the Red Devils’ 13-10 win.
The upset-minded Raiders hadn’t trailed all evening until they watched Loganville fly 85 yards in just 1:28 to score a go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game.
Not to be outdone, Madison County drove all the way to the Red Devil 21 where Branden Wilson – attempting only the second varsity field goal of his life – missed a 38-yard kick as time expired.
The heartbreaking loss, the team’s fourth straight, dropped Madison County to 2-5 and most likely out of state playoff contention.
The Raiders face Heritage next Friday at home.
Attempting to bounce back from three-straight losses, Madison County executed a smash-mouth, conservative game plan to great success Friday. Operating frequently out of the I-formation, Madison County rushed 49 times for 201 yards while attempting just seven passes.
The Raiders led 10-0 at halftime, getting a one-yard score from Claude Johnson on the first play of the second quarter and then a 30-yard field goal from Wilson as the half ended. Quarterback Jacob Owens set up Johnson’s touchdown with a 44-yard scamper on an option keeper and later put Madison County in position for the field goal by hitting Al Allen on a 40-yard pass down to the Loganville 12. It was Owens’ only pass attempt of the first half.
Owens finished with 55 yards on 13 carries to lead the Raiders. He added 68 passing yards, completing four of six attempts.
Meanwhile, Madison County’s defense stuffed Loganville’s rushing game all evening, allowing just 95 yards.
In fact, the Raiders had surrendered only 189 yards of total offense in the game prior to Loganville’s final drive, which started at the Red Devil 5 with 1:59 left.
That’s when Loganville quarterback A. J. Schmidt started picking Madison County’s defense apart, completing six passes covering 84 yards to put the Red Devils on the Raider 1. Loganville then scored on the ground to put the Red Devils up by three.
Madison County started its final drive at its own 35 with just 31 seconds left and Owens completed three passes to keep the Raiders' hopes alive. The third went to Stacy Mack, which drew a personal foul from Loganville.
The infraction moved the Raiders up to the Loganville the 21 with just three seconds left as Madison County sent the field goal unit on the field to try to send the game into overtime.
The Raiders had seemingly put the dagger in Loganville, earlier, with three minutes left in the game.
That’s when defenders Cody Esco and James Anglin jarred the ball loose from Red Devil running back Mykel Wyyet and Jeremiah Nesmith covered the fumble to give Madison County the ball and the lead late.
However, Loganville’s defense came up with a big stop, forcing Madison County to punt with 2:05.
RUSHING: Owens 13-55; Johnson 13-47-1TD; Mack 11-31; Allen 10-28; Butler 2-7