Cubs bid for 3-0 start ruined by Highlanders
Saturday, September 07, 2013 5:00 AM
Floyd Central scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than seven minutes to play then held Madison on a crucial fourth-down to ruin the Cubs' homecoming, 20-13 at Cub Field on Friday.
SPRINT: Floyd Central’s Logan Vaughn makes a final desperate leap at catching Madison running back Mitchell Sandlin’s 42-yard scoring run on Friday. The senior back went for 155 yards — his third-straight 100-yard game — but the Cubs fell 20-13 on homecoming. This and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison, which was seeking its first 3-0 start since the 2005 season, tied the game early in the fourth quarter when Mitchell Sandlin found the end zone for the second time.
But Floyd Central, which crushed Madison 48-14 a year ago, marched right down the field to go ahead on Garry Posey's 5-yard run with 6:54 to play.
The Cubs still had time to tie the game. They marched down the field and faced a fourth down and 12 from the Floyd 26-yard line with three minutes to play. The Cubs converted a fourth down earlier on the drive but Sandlin's sideline run fell two yards short.
Madison got the ball back with 45 seconds left, but with no timeouts, it was forced to go to the air. Floyd held and picked up the Hoosier Hills Conference win.
The Cubs (2-1, 0-1 HHC) lost two fumbles during the game and had a personal foul call at a key moment that contributed to Madison's first loss. But first-year coach Patric Morrison was still pleased with his team's effort.
"We played a very competitive game. We had some penalties in the first half that hurt us but it was evident that the kids gave it their all," Morrison said. "I blame myself. I should have gotten them more focused this week."
Madison may have lost the game in the first quarter. Floyd Central (2-1, 1-0 HHC) took the opening kickoff and drove down the field to score on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Colton Kimm to Gaige Klingsmith down the middle of the field for an early 7-0 lead.
The Cubs fumbled on their second offensive play and Floyd turned the short field into six more points, this time on a Posey 1-yard plunge late in the first quarter.
Madison suddenly faced a two-touchdown deficit nearly before it ran a play.
"Our defense did a great job of holding them," Morrison said. "(Floyd) was at 13 points since the first quarter. Our offense moved the ball well, we just didn't sustain drives. That falls back on me as the coach. We need to do a better job in practice putting the kids into these kinds of situations."
Madison began its comeback midway through the second quarter when Sandlin burst through a wide-open hole and out-ran the Floyd defense for a 42-yard score to close the gap to 13-7.
It remained a six-point game throughout the third quarter when the Madison defense made several stops deep in its own territory and was rewarded when Floyd kicker Ryan Lenz missed a pair of field goal attempts, one from 36 yards and the other from 25.
The second miss led directly to Madison's second touchdown, which capped a massive 15-play, 80-yard drive. The drive was kept alive when the Cubs converted a fourth and 7 from the Floyd 18-yard line on the "gunslinger" play, in which Sandlin took the handoff and immediately threw back to quarterback Kody Boles.
"Gunslinger" is an old Hanover College play that former coach Wayne Perry used frequently. It was apropos that the play happened during this game considering that both head coaches and several assistants on each team played for Perry at Hanover.
One play after Sandlin's completion to Boles, Sandlin scored from 3-yards out. Hunter Sego's extra-point attempt went wide left but the score remained tied 13-13.
Floyd Central answered Madison's score with its own to go ahead 20-13 and then held on for the win.
Although Madison failed to beat Floyd Central for the first time since 2006, the game was far different from the one the two teams played a year ago.
Posey, 5-foot-8, 188-pound smasher, ran for 413 yards and four scores in that 48-14 win last year but was held to just 48 yards on 12 carries this time. Floyd did most of its damage through the air with Kimm completing 12-of-19 passes for 178 yards.
Sandlin had his best game to date, rushing for 155 yards on 26 carries to lead Madison's offense. The Cubs totaled 254 yards overall, but Boles completed just 4-of-14 passes and was plagued with several drops by his receivers. Senior Jordan Partee caught two passes for 19 yards but also drew two pass interference calls.
"(Sandlin) can only carry the load for so long. Kyle Tucker did a great job coming in tonight," Morrison said. "Jordan Partee had another good game. And Kody Boles, our quarterback, did a good job. We used the option this evening and he did a good job of knowing when to pitch it and when to go. He's a tough runner."
Madison hosts undefeated Jeffersonville next week, a team that has scored at least 60 points in all three games it has played this this season. On Friday, the Red Devils blasted Bedford North Lawrence 60-0 and have outscored opponents 181-55, including 121-7 the past two weeks.
Last year, the Cubs "beat" Jeffersonville to officially end a 37-game losing streak to the Red Devils. Jeff won the game 36-7 on the field but was forced later to forfeit that win due to an ineligible player.
While Madison officially owns a win over Jeffersonville, the Cubs still have never beaten the Red Devils on the field and Morrison knows that ending the streak this year will be a tall task.
"Jeff is a very athletic team. We just have to start preparing for them tomorrow," Morrison said. "I think our guys will be ready."
FLOYD CENTRAL 20, MADISON 13
FLOYD CENTRAL 13 0 0 7 - 20
MADISON 0 7 0 6 - 13
FC - Gaige Klingsmith, 25-yard pass from Colton Kimm (Ryan Lenz kick), 7:40.
FC - Garry Posey, 1-yard run (kick failed), 2:01.
Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 42-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 8:38.
Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 3-yard run (kick failed), 11:33.
FC - Garry Posey, 5-yard run (Ryan Lenz kick), 6:54.
First Downs 17 14
Rushes-Yards 39-132 37-208
Comp-Att-Int 12-19-0 4-14-0
Pass Yards 178 46
Total Yards 310 254
Penalties-Yards 5-50 6-45
Punts-Avg. 4-29.5 3-25.0
Punt Ret.-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Ret.-Yards 3-70 4-90
Interceptions-Yards 0-0 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-2
Sacks-Yards 0-0 1-6
RUSHING - Floyd Central, Gaige Klingsmith (15-64); Garry Posey (12-48, 2TDs); Colton Kimm (6-16); Nick Uhl (4-10); Elijah Miller (1-0); Team (1-(-6)). Madison, Mitchell Sandlin (26-155, 2TDs); Kody Boles (7-29); Kyle Tucker (2-14); Carson Compton (1-12); Curry Morgan (1-(-2)).
PASSING - Floyd Central, Colton Kimm (12-19-0, 178 yards, TD). Madison, Kody Boles (3-13-0, 31 yards); Mitchell Sandlin (1-1-0, 15 yards).
RECEIVING - Floyd Central, Brandon Stout (3-34); Trevor Smith (2-47); Austin Carl (2-27); Adam Wallace (2-23); Nick Uhl (2-22); Gaige Klingsmith (1-25, TD). Madison, Jordan Partee (2-19); Kody Boles (1-15); Trenton Roark (1-12).
MISSED FIELD GOALS - Floyd Central, Ryan Lenz, 3rd, 0:04, 36 yards (S); Ryan Lenz, 4th, 6:09, 25 yards (WL).