HAVING FUN: Madison’s Calvin Willhite (80), Dylan Bilz (21) and Carson Cheatham celebrate after Bilz’s interception late in the first half of the Cubs’ 42-3 win Friday at Bedford North Lawrence. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
HAVING FUN: Madison’s Calvin Willhite (80), Dylan Bilz (21) and Carson Cheatham celebrate after Bilz’s interception late in the first half of the Cubs’ 42-3 win Friday at Bedford North Lawrence. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
BEDFORD - Madison unleased nearly a decade's worth of frustration on Bedford North Lawrence, rolling to a near-record-setting 42-3 win on the road on Friday.

Mitchell Sandlin scored three touchdowns and Jordan Partee threw for one and ran for one as the Cubs broke 40 points for the first time in 15 years and produced their highest point total in more than 20 years. It was also Madison's first win over BNL since 1998 and the fewest points the Cubs have allowed in five years.

Needless to say, there were few frowns on the Cub sideline.

"We definitely came out strong. Bedford had scored only one touchdown at home all season and we kind of had a goal of keeping them without one," Madison coach Patric Morrison said. "The last time Bedford was down this much was my senior year at Madison. We were both winless and they kicked our butts. It feels nice."

Madison dominated every facet of the game. The Cubs had 536 yards total offense, just 15 yards shy of the school record set in 1973. Madison also forced five turnovers and had six sacks on defense as the Cubs manhandled the Stars.

The Cubs (3-5, 1-5 Hoosier Hills) served notice right off the bat that they came ready to play. Madison needed only six plays to reach the end zone on its opening drive culminating in a 19-yard run by Sandlin that saw the senior power his way oevr the goal line.

Bedford (1-7, 1-5 HHC) answered on its next drive with a 25-yard field goal from Lucas Powell to close the gap to 7-3. But that was close as the Stars would get.

Madison showed off its most dynamic offense of the season throughout the rest of the first half to blow open the game. Jordan Partee hit Kyle Tucker on a wide-open 49-yard pass after getting the ball on a lateral and Partee later scored his own touchdown when he ran in from 25 yards out on a quarterback option.

The Cubs' last touchdown of the first half was a carbon copy of the second. This time, Partee took the snap and flipped a lateral to usual quarterback Kody Boles, who then hit Sandlin for an easy 42-yard score and a 27-3 lead.

"We kind of struggled the past few weeks. We moved the ball but we couldn't score," Morrison said. "One of our big goals was that once we got into the red zone we needed to score touchdowns. We call (the laterals) our 'spider formation' and we were able to utilize that to get down the field. Once we got into the red zone, we were able to score."

The Cubs scored only two more times in the second half but Morrison was happy to see his team keep up the pressure. Calvin Willhite forced a fumble with a sack on the BNL 13-yard line and Sandlin converted it into points late in the third quarter for a 34-3 lead.

Madison went over 40 points for the first time since a 40-29 win over Charlestown in 1998 when lineman James Frazier rushed in from 2-yards out in the closing minutes. Frazier then caught the 2-yard conversion pass from Dylan Bilz to cap the scoring.

"I was really happy to see us score in the second half. We have only scored twice in the second half all season," Morrison said. "So that was good to see because we need to be able to keep it up."

Sandlin rushed for 189 yards on 28 carries to lead the Cubs, reaching the 1,000-yard mark on the season in the process with 1,021. Tucker had 73 yards on seven carries while Partee had 65 yards.

Boles had his best passing night of the season with 111 yards on 5-of-8 completions with a touchdown. Partee caught four passes for 69 yards.

Brayden Tidd led Bedford's passing-heavy attack, going 12-for-23 for 156 yards. But the sophomore was picked off three times with Carson Compton, Hunter Sego and Bilz all getting picks. Hunter Stivers added an interception off backup Tucker West in the fourth quarter.

Madison hosts Seymour next week to close out the regular season and Morrison is hoping that his team brings the same intensity to bear against the winless Owls that he saw Friday against BNL.

"We didn't come out against Jennings County the way we should have and that's my fault," Morrison said. "This was a team we should have beaten but we made a point to not talk about that this week, instead I just reminded them about Jennings County.

"We have a chance to end the season on a two-game win streak going into the playoffs and depending on the draw, we have a chance to make the (sectional) championship. We just need to continue to play like we have."

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FRIDAY'S MADISON STATISTICS

at Bedford

MADISON 42, BEDFORD N. LAWRENCE 3



MADISON 7 0 7 8 - 42

BEFORD N.L. 3 0 0 0 - 3



SUMMARY

1st Quarter

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 19-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 10:08.

BNL - Lucas Howell, 25-yard field goal, 6:42.

2nd Quarter

Mad - Kyle Tucker, 49-yard pass from Jordan Partee (pass failed), 9:29.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 25-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 1:44.

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 42-yard pass from Kody Boles (Hunter Sego kick), 1:19.

3rd Quarter

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 13-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 4:13.

4th Quarter

Mad - James Frazier, 2-yard run (James Frazier pass from Dylan Bilz), 3:18.

Mad BNL

First Downs 17 17

Rushes-Yards 47-360  26-123

Comp-Att-Int  7-11-1 13-24-4

Pass Yards 176 160

Total Yards  536 283

Penalties-Yards 12-105 8-75

Punts-Avg. 1-29.0 2-26.0

Punt Ret.-Yards 0-0 0-0

Kickoff Ret.-Yards 2-44 4-100

Interceptions-Yards 4-8 0-0

Sacks-Yards 6-40 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - Madison, Mitchell Sandlin (28-189, 2 TDs); Kyle Tucker (7-73); Jordan Partee (4-65, TD); Quintin Freeman (3-16); Reece Dryden (1-9); Hunter Stivers (1-2); Carson Compton (1-2); Kody Boles (1-2); James Frazier (1-2, TD). Bedford North Lawrence, Brayden Tidd (10-51); Matt Shoufler (11-47); Dylan Stevens (5-25).

PASSING - Madison, Kody Boles (5-8-0, 111 yards, TD); Jordan Partee (2-3-1, TD). Bedford North Lawrence, Brayden Tidd (12-23-3, 156 yards) Tucker West (1-1-1, 4 yards).

RECEIVING - Madison, Jordan Partee (4-69); Kyle Tucker (2-65, TD); Mitchell Sandlin (1-42, TD). Bedford North Lawrence, Matt Shoufler (4-44); Nathan Dotts (3-60); Nicholson Chandler (2-26); Austin Hughes (2-17); Dylan Stevens (1-9); Trace Hawkins (1-4).

MISSED FIELD GOALS - Madison, Hunter Sego, 3rd, 3:18, 47 (WR). Bedford North Lawrence, Lucas Howell, 4th, 5:28, 47 (blocked).