Madison’s Colin Yancey (5) leaps to make a catch during the Cubs’ loss at New Albany on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s Colin Yancey (5) leaps to make a catch during the Cubs’ loss at New Albany on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
NEW ALBANY — New Albany ended Madison's three-game win streak but not before the Cubs scored 27 points in the second-half and nearly pulled off the comeback win, falling 47-41 on the road on Friday.

The 41 points were the most that Madison has ever scored in a loss, eclipsing a 37-34 setback to Seymour in 2011 and the Cubs have now scored over 40 points in four-straight games, a new school record. The 179 points Madison has scored over that span is just two points shy of the best in school history, behind the 1972 squad.

None of that mattered much in the end, but coach Leroy Wilson was still thrilled with the way his team fought and never gave up in a game that looked like it could get out of control early.

"We had a little bit of shock in the first half. We talked about (New Albany's) speed all week and I think our kids were still a little surprised at how fast they were," Wilson said. "But at the same time, we came back and our defense stepped up. It becomes a shootout and it's tough because you need stops. If we could have just gotten one more stop, I think we win this game."

Madison (3-5, 2-3 Hoosier Hills) scored on its very first possession, a methodical drive that ended with a 17-yard scoring pass from Parker Jones to Colin Yancey. New Albany roared back with scores on its next four possessions to take a 26-7 lead and seemingly put the game away.

But the Cubs never buckled and closed the first half with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Jones to go into the lockerroom down 26-14 and with some life.

Three times in the second half Madison closed the gap to five but it couldn't get the stop it needed to complete the comeback. Jones' 6-yard touchdown pass to Nick Center along with Will Heitz's extra point closed the gap to 47-41 with 3:34 to play.

Wilson had all three timeouts and used them on New Albany's next possession but to no avail. The Bulldogs were able to get two first downs over that stretch and burn out the remaining clock.

Madison finished the game with 355 total offensive yards with Jones passing for 246 yards on 23-of-34 with two touchdowns and an interception. Yancey continued his torrid sophomore campaign with eight more receptions for 116 yards and a score while senior running back Trenton Barnes had 120 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns and caught nine passes for 51 yards despite missing a large chunk of the first half with an ankle injury.

New Albany (5-2, 3-2 HHC) amassed 487 total yards, most of which came on the ground. Kyondre Winford had 181 yards rushing on 20 carries while Miles Johnson had 142 yards on 22 rushes for the Bulldogs.

Madison closes out the regular season on Friday when the Cubs host Columbus East in its final HHC game. East, which routed Seymour 56-0 last week to move to 6-2 overall and clinch a share of the HHC title, enters the game with a 95-game win streak in conference play.