Madison quarterback Ben Dredge pushes through the Thunder Ridge defense to score the first of his two overtime touchdowns.

Madison quarterback Ben Dredge pushes through the Thunder Ridge defense to score the first of his two overtime touchdowns.

Madison’s football team topped Thunder Ridge 33-27 in double overtime Friday to secure its first conference win of the season.

Madison overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit to take a 21-14 lead in the third quarter before Thunder Ridge stormed back to tie the game at 21.

The Cats’ Logan Crane nabbed an interception with six minutes left in the game to give Madison the ball. Quarterback Ben Dredge then attempted maybe his deepest pass of the night, but the Titans intercepted it.

Thunder Ridge drove down the field to inside the 20 where Madison forced a fourth down. The Titans attempted a field goal to win the game with two seconds left in regulation —but Cannon Allen jumped up to block the kick.

“I was super excited,” Madison head coach Chandler Rhoades said. “I was super happy for the kids that they made a great play. They did exactly what we told them to do, they executed. After the initial excitement, we said, ‘Alright we have to get ready for overtime,'"

The game was tied at 21-21 going into overtime after the Titans' Jaden Sautter scored on a three-yard run with just over eight minutes left in the fourth.

Dredge ran for a touchdown and Thunder Ridge's Tao Johnson answered with an 11-yard touchdown run.

Both teams missed the extra points. Madison held Thunder Ridge out of the endzone on the second possession of overtime and Dredge ran eight yards up the middle to score the game-winning touchdown. 

Rhoades said this win revealed his team’s resilience.

“There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the game but I was just super proud of how our players continued to respond to overcome adversity,” Rhoades said. “And also that we were able to get a win in double overtime, which is really hard to do.”

Dredge started at quarterback en lieu of Kieren Valora who has started every game this year and last year. Before this week, Dredge started at running back.

“We just felt like we needed a spark and make a change,” Rhoades said. “So I decided to make that change. He played well in practice this week so he got an opportunity and he played unbelievably tonight.”

Dredge ran for 134 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns. He passed for 130 yards, completing 11 of 20 passes for one touchdown and one interception.

“I think all of his teammates had confidence and believed in him,” Rhoades said. “I think the coaches had confidence and believed in him. And that’s what allowed it to translate to the field.”

Valora also played well in his new wide receiver role catching seven passes for 46 yards. 

Madison now holds a 1-1 conference record and trails Highland (2-0) and Rigby (2-0). 

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