Printed on: September 28, 2013

Knights run past Bobcats

By CODY McDEVITT
cmcdevitt@postregister.com

The result of Friday's Hillcrest High School vs. Madison High School game proves one truth hard-nosed football coaches have known for years -- the combination of successfully running the ball and controlling the clock leads to victories.

This game was a contrast in styles. Madison followed an offense emphasizing the pass, while Hillcrest ran the ball on the vast majority of its plays. Hillcrest prevailed 25-14.

While Madison quarterback Alex Mumm threw for more than 300 yards, he got picked off four times by a stingy Hillcrest defense that also got a fumble. Some of those interceptions were returned deep into Madison's territory.

On offense for Hillcrest, Morgan Pyper ran for more than 150 yards. He broke through a stacked defensive front in the fourth quarter and ran for a 70-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Madison was not without big plays either. Running back Zack Brady caught passes of 25 and 47 yards. Madison running back Dallas Crane caught a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"It started out front," Pyper said after the game. "It came out great. It feels great to get a win. I plan on getting a lot more this season."

It was the first victory for Hillcrest this year.

The first half established the ball-control tactic to victory. Hillcrest had 36 plays, and it usually made use of the play clock on every down. Madison had 20 plays in the first half.

Keeping the ball away from Madison was key because Mumm drove the team deep into Hillcrest's side of the field throughout the game.

On most of those drives, the effort was thwarted by botched snaps or underthrown passes. Mumm found his receivers often throughout the game, but unfortunately for his team, his passes found Hillcrest cornerbacks and linebackers hands far too often.

Despite the turnovers, Madison had a chance late in the game. Following a fumble by Hillcrest with a little more than two minutes left on the clock, Mumm got the chance to see if he could execute a two-minute offense.

He threw an interception that was returned it close to the goal line. Hillcrest quarterback Beau Crouch punched it in with a 3-yard run, thereby sealing the game.