Madison goes old school, powers past Polk Middle

Polk County Middle's Nate Henderson races 11 yards for a touchdown in first-quarter action Thursday.

Madison Middle turned back time and turned back Polk County Middle on Thursday, grinding to a 30-12 win over the Wolverines in Blue Ridge Middle School Conference football action at Polk Middle.

The Patriots (1-1) used a variation of the Notre Dame Box offense and a superior weight advantage to put together four scoring drives in the game, pulling away late to secure the win and spoil the Wolverines’ home opener.

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Polk Middle (0-2) kept the game for three quarters. Trailing 14-6 at halftime, the Wolverines forced a Madison Middle early in the third period and capitalized, with quarterback Shane Parris racing 53 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed, leaving the Wolverines down 14-12 with 4:54 left in the third.

Madison then put together a lengthy scoring drive to take a 22-12 lead with 38 seconds left in the quarter. The teams traded punts in the fourth period before the Wolverines fumbled at their 4 in the final minutes, allowing Madison to tack on a final touchdown.

The Patriots scored midway through the first period to take a 6-0 lead, but Polk Middle immediately answered. Taking possession at the Madison 38, the Wolverines drove to the Patriot 11, where Nate Henderson burst over the left side and raced into the end zone. The extra point failed, leaving the game tied at 6-6 with 19 seconds left in the quarter.

Madison scored early in the second period to take a 14-6 lead, then drove deep into Polk territory in the final minutes of the second half before a nice one-on-one tackle by Brady Hall on a fourth-down play stopped the Patriot threat.

Polk Middle returns home on Thursday, hosting Brevard Middle at 5 p.m.