Madison’s Jace Humes (above with ball) dives forward for extra yardage and throws the lead block for Trenton Barnes (right, 27) in the Cubs’ 36-14 win over Jennings County on Friday night at Cub Field. The win ended a 13-game Madison losing streak. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Madison’s Jace Humes (above with ball) dives forward for extra yardage and throws the lead block for Trenton Barnes (right, 27) in the Cubs’ 36-14 win over Jennings County on Friday night at Cub Field. The win ended a 13-game Madison losing streak. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
After spending the first half trying to kick-start its passing game, Madison returned to its roots in the second half and it paid off in the Cubs’ first win of the season.

Madison’s run game and defense dominated the second half as the Cubs rolled to a 36-14 conference win over Jennings County at home on Friday to reclaim the Railroad Trophy and snap a 13-game losing streak.

Madison’s second-half game plan wasn’t fancy. Rather than forcing the ball downfield or using misdirection, the Cubs simply lined up and ran the ball down Jennings’ throat.

The game plan resulted on an impressive scoring drive to open the third quarter that allowed Madison to seize control of the game. Three second-half turnovers by the Panthers — as well as four personal fouls — then helped turned the game into a rout.

“I’m really proud of the way they played,” Madison coach Patric Morrison said. “They took care of business in the second half. This is the team we’ve been waiting to see for five weeks.”

Madison (1-4, 1-2 Hoosier Hills) had not won a game since the season-opener last year but played one of its best games this year in a loss at Jeffersonville last week.

The Cubs carried that momentum over to Friday’s matchup against Jennings County (1-4, 0-3 HHC). After trading touchdowns with the Panthers in the first half en route to a 14-14 tie, Madison came out in the second determined to take control of the game.

And control the game it did. Giving the ball to senior Jace Humes, the Cubs methodically worked their way down the field, going 60 yards on 13 plays in just over seven minutes, all on the ground. The monster drive culminated in a Luke Ommen 1-yard touchdown on a naked bootleg to give Madison the 21-14 lead.

“We came out in the second half and took control,” Morrison said. “The first half looked like it was shaping up to be a typical Jennings County game and I thought it was going to one of the tightest, toughest games we’ve played with them. It never seems like a team pulls away but we were that team today.”

Madison had all of the momentum and what little chance Jennings had a comeback fizzled on the next drive when Quinton Farris stepped in front of a Lance Bailey pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 lead.

The Cubs then sealed the game on the next drive. After Madison stopped Jennings on fourth down and took over on the Panther 39-yard line, Trenton Barnes ripped off a 27-yard touchdown that put the game away.

The score was the capper to an overall impressive game for Barnes. The sophomore had in interception on defense, scored a touchdown on offense and racked up more than 50 yards in kickoff returns.

“I’m a little bit (tired). A little sore,” Barnes said with a smile. “I just love being there for the team and helping win the game. Whatever they need me to do, I’m ready to do.”

“We always write down our positive plays and that play he scored on was one of those real positive plays,” Morrison said. “He did great job. He had just had that interception and he said he almost cramped up at the 20 but he fought through it. He’s a special young man and the good thing is that he’s only a sophomore.”

Both teams scored two touchdowns in the first half. Jennings opened the game with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Bailey to Jared Corya for a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in.

But Madison responded on the next series when Bryce Foy ripped off an 81-yard return on the ensuing kickoff before getting caught just shy of the goal line. One play later, Foy finished what he started with a 4-yard run to tie the score.

The Panthers went back on top after another long Bailey to Corya pass set up a Bailey 1-yard run. But Madison again quickly answered, getting a 14-yard score by Foy to send the teams into the half tied at 14-14.

Jennings County hurt Madison with big plays, recording two of more than 60 yards and another 30 yarder. But the Cubs’ defense inflicted plenty of pain, too, getting five turnovers and sacking Bailey three times. Farris had two interceptions total while Nolan Williams and Jonah Nichols each recovered a fumble.

“We gave up those big plays in the first half and it bothered us,” Barnes said. “But we came in the second half determined to prove that we were the better team.”

Humes finished the game with 108 yards on 18 carries and Barnes had 48 yards rushing while Foy added 27 yards and two scores. Overall Madison collected 171 yards on the ground.

Madison hosts Mitchell for the first time ever next week for its annual homecoming game. The Blue Jackets improved to 3-2 on the season Friday with a 39-0 win over Crawford County.

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FRIDAY’S MADISON SUMMARY

at Madison

MADISON 36, JENNINGS CO. 14



JENNINGS CO. 7 7 0 0 — 14

MADISON 7 7 22 0 — 36



SUMMARY

1st Quarter

JC – Jared Corya, 69-yard pass from Lance Bailey (Dylan Boswell kick), 10:35.

Mad – Bryce Foy, 4-yard run (Tristan Storie kick), 10:16.

2nd Quarter

JC – Lance Bailey, 1-yard run (Dylan Boswell kick), 6:23.

Mad – Bryce Foy, 14-yard run (Tristan Storie kick), 4:19.

3rd Quarter

Mad – Luke Ommen, 1-yard run (Tristan Storie kick), 4:27.

Mad – Quenton Farris, 34-yard interception return (Tristan Storie kick), 2:49.

Mad – Trenton Barnes, 27-yard run (Nolan Williams pass from Luke Ommen), 0:44.