PEDAL TO THE METAL: Madison’s Jordan Partee blazes down the sidelines (above) ahead of Seymour defenders Elijah Toborg (43) and Evan Frische for one of his five touchdowns in the Cubs’ 55-38 win. Mitchell Sandlin breaks tackles from Chase Dover (below, 40) and Stephen Holt. Sandlin scored three touchdowns and rushed over 200 yards. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
PEDAL TO THE METAL: Madison’s Jordan Partee blazes down the sidelines (above) ahead of Seymour defenders Elijah Toborg (43) and Evan Frische for one of his five touchdowns in the Cubs’ 55-38 win. Mitchell Sandlin breaks tackles from Chase Dover (below, 40) and Stephen Holt. Sandlin scored three touchdowns and rushed over 200 yards. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison put together a game to remember, totaling more than 500 yards of offense to hammer winless Seymour 55-38 in football Friday at Cub Field.

The point total was the second-most in school history and it led to the Cubs' first win over Seymour since 1982. It was also Madison's fourth victory of the year, a modest number for sure, but one that represents the Cubs' most in a season since 2005.

"Our line did pretty well this game. We're all pretty happy on the offensive side of the ball," senior Jordan Partee said. "We just didn't want to be the team that (Seymour) got its first win against."

Partee tied a school record with five touchdowns and racked up 252 yards of total offense by himself, catching four passes for 147 yards and rushing four more times for 105 yards.

But Madison had heroes all over the field. Senior running back Mitchell Sandlin had 211 yards on 25 carries to push his season total to 1,232 and scored three times. Quarterback Kody Boles was just 4-for-5 but had 147 yards passing and added 39 yards on the ground.

At the center of it all was an offensive line that dominated the Owls from beginning to end, opening wide holes for the backs and keeping Boles' uniform clean.

"We had a pretty good offensive line when I played here but this line is even better than we were," said Madison head coach Patric Morrison. "They've been great all season."

The game didn't start out all that well for Madison. Seymour scored on its opening possession when senior quarterback Austin Sutton drove the Owls down the field and connected with classmate Zach Schlatterer on a 33-yard pass for an early 7-0 lead.

The two teams traded scores in the early part of the game. Madison got its first score when Partee took a screen pass and went 60 yards for the touchdown. Seymour answered when Sutton hit Luke Dover down the middle of the field and the sophomore took off for 86 yards to put the Owls ahead 13-7.

Madison (4-5, 2-5 Hoosier Hills) needed only one play to go back on top when Sandlin cleared the corner on a sweep and sprinted 80 yards for the touchdown. The score put Madison ahead 14-13 and the Cubs never trailed again.

Madison blew the game open in the second quarter with a scoring outburst such as the Cubs have not seen in decades. Four of the five touchdowns Madison scored in the second quarter were from Partee, who did a little bit of everything.

After Sandlin punched the ball in from six yards out to put the Cubs ahead 21-13, Partee caught a Boles' pass and went 36 yards for a touchdown on the next possession.

Partee lined up at quarterback the next time and broke a 65-yard run to push the Cub lead to 35-13. After Seymour answered with a 36-yard pass from Sutton to Schlatterer, Partee scored on a 47-yard pass off a lateral for a 42-19 lead.

That last score came with 40 seconds left in the half but there was still time for Madison to get one more touchdown. After the Owls turned the ball over on downs on their own 46 with 12 seconds left, Boles hit Partee on a fade down the right side of the field. Partee caught the pass, stayed in bounds and then out-ran the defense over the final 14 yards for the score.

"I had a lot of help. It's not all me," Partee said. "Kody did a little and the line did a lot. (The line) is really playing hard these last couple of weeks because it's for our seniors and we want to perform for them."

Leading 49-19 at halftime it was inevitable that Madison would have a let down in the second half and Seymour used that to nearly get back into the game.

After a Madison fumble set Seymour up on the Cub 27, Sutton drove the Owls down to the 1-yard line and finished off the play himself with a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to 49-26.

Madison scored its final touchdown of the game late in the third quarter on a Sandlin 34-yard run and the score proved important when Seymour made one-last ditch effort to get back into the game.

Sutton hit Stephen Holt on a 22-yard pass down the middle of the field early in the fourth quarter to pull the Owls to within 55-32. After Seymour got the ball back on downs on its own 13, Sutton fired a 93-yard strike to Schlatterer to make it a 55-38 game with 3:25 to play.

Seymour recovered the onside kick and the Owls got down inside the Madison red zone before being stopped on downs with just over a minute left. The Cubs then closed out the game.

Sutton has been injured most of the season and as a result, Madison had no film or scouting reports on the senior with the live arm. The best the Cubs could do was a word from Columbus East coach Bob Gaddis who said that "the kid was good."

After torching Madison for 421 yards on 19-for-35 passing, the Cub coaches were inclined to believe him.

"Coach Gaddis told us about him and said he was a difference-maker. We just had no film on him and weren't sure what to expect," Morrison said. "He's a heck of a quarterback. He's got a strong arm and a quick release. He's good."

The 55 points were 12 shy of the school record of 67 set back in 1972 when Madison hammered Salem 67-0. But it eclipsed the second-highest total of 52 set twice, against West Washington in 1967 and against Floyd Central in 1968.

The Cubs went over 500 total yards for the second-straight week and again flirted with the school record of 551 set against South Decatur in 1973. Partee's five touchdowns tied the mark held by Bob Lutes (1985), Lionel Smith (1998) and Ryan Fish (2011).

Madison will take a two-game win streak into the sectional tournament for the first time since 1995 when the Cubs host No. 1 Columbus East next week. The Olympians, who beat the Cubs 41-7 earlier this month, finished off an unbeaten regular season with a 65-13 win over Bedford North Lawrence on Friday.

"We're playing pretty good right now and we need to be going into next week," Partee said. "We'll see what happens. No promises, but we'll see what happens."

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FRIDAY'S MADISON STATISTICS

at Madison

MADISON 55, SEYMOUR 38



SEYMOUR 13 6 7 12 - 38

MADISON 14 35 6 0 - 55



SUMMARY

1st Quarter

Sey - Zach Schlatterer, 33-yard pass from Austin Sutton (Zach Schlatterer kick), 9:37.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 60-yard pass from Kody Boles (Hunter Sego kick), 5:51.

Sey - Luke Dover, 86-yard pass from Austin Sutton (kick failed), 4:30.

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 80-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 4:16.

2nd Quarter

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 6-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 10:59.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 36-yard pass from Kody Boles (kick failed), 7:55.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 65-yard run (Kyle Tucker pass from Dylan Bilz), 6:20.

Sey - Zach Schlatterer, 36-yard pass from Auston Sutton (run failed), 2:23.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 47-yard run (Hunter Sego kick), 0:40.

Mad - Jordan Partee, 46-yard pass from Kody Boles (Hunter Sego kick), 0:00.

3rd Quarter

Sey - Auston Sutton, 1-yard run (Zach Schlatterer kick), 8:10.

Mad - Mitchell Sandlin, 34-yard run (kick failed), 2:12.

4th Quarter

Sey - Stephen Holt, 22-yard pass from Austin Sutton (run failed), 10:11.

Sey - Zach Schlatterer, 93-yard pass from Auston Sutton (pass failed), 3:25.

Sey Mad

First Downs 13 11

Rushes-Yards 42-101 43-382

Comp-Att-Int 19-35-0 4-7-0

Pass Yards 421 147

Total Offense 521 529

Penalties-Yards 3-20 5-47

Punts-Avg. 5-29.0 2-42.0

Punt Ret.-Yards 0-0 1-21

Kickoff Ret.-Yards 9-158 2-30

Interceptions-Yards 0-0 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1

Sacks-Yards 0-0 3-18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - Seymour, Elijah Toborg (16-35); Stephen Holt (5-24); Chase Dover (3-17); Auston Sutton (8-13, TD); Luke Dover (5-11); Caleb Monroe (4-1); Team (1-0). Madison, Mitchell Sandlin (25-211, 3 TDs); Jordan Partee (4-105, 2 TDs); Kody Boles (5-39); Kyle Tucker (6-30); Kacey Owens (1-3); Team (2-(-6)).

PASSING - Seymour, Austin Sutton (19-35-0, 421 yards, 5 TDs). Madison, Kody Boles (4-5-0, 147 yards, 3 TDs); Mitchell Sandlin (0-1-0); Jordan Partee (0-1-0).

RECEIVING - Seymour, Zach Schlatterer (9-230, 3 TDs); Adam Bowman (4-56); Chase Dover (2-26); Stephen Holt (2-25, TD); Luke Dover (1-86, TD); Elijah Toborg (1-(-2)). Madison, Jordan Partee (4-147, 3 TDs).

MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.