Madison Prep blanks University High in dominant effort

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Baton Rouge – University High previously outscored Madision Prep 107-7 in a pair of blowout wins in the series.

This year proved to be very different.

The Chargers exorcised all of their previous frustrations with a 33-0 shutout victory Friday night over the host Cubs at Jeff Boss Field.

After suffering an opening week defeat, Madison Prep (7-1 5-0) is now on a seven-game win streak. The two time defending Division II champions University High (5-3 4-1) have some soul searching to do.

“This is the first time we’ve beaten them. Its big for the program, I’m not going to lie,” Madison Prep head coach Landry Williams said. “We game planned this week and the guys locked in. I mean, we’ve won six straight so we came in confident.”

Chargers sophomore quarterback Zeon Chriss led the way with five total touchdowns with four in the air and one on the round. Chriss completed 12-of-20 passes for 147 yards with one interceptions but the quartet of scoring tosses.

Joel Williams recorded seven receptions for 112 yards and a pair of scores.

Madison Prep missed two red zone chances in the third quarter when it settled for field goal attempts. Cubs lineman Jaquelin Roy, the highly-toutd national recruit, blocked the first try and altered Chargers kicker Marquise McKnight’s second effort leading to another miss. The miscues were not plentiful for a dominant Madison Prep squad though.

“We knew we couldn’t have a lot of mistakes,” Williams said. “They’re the defending state champions, and you have to beat them if you want to even be considered in the race (for the state title). I’m proud of my guys.”

University was stuck in quick sand all night on offense. Quarterbacks Tanner Lawson and Christian Ard combined to complete just seven of their 24 pass attempts for 79 yards.

“We just couldn’t get it going. We’ve just got to keep playing, and keep trying to get better,” University coach Andy Martin said. “The defense was on the field for a long time, and we had some opportunities to get off, but we’ve got to keep pressing forward.”

University only crossed midfield once in the first half. Madison Prep marched down the field on their opening drive. A nine-play, 52 yard drive was capped off with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Chriss to Malek Palmer.

Following a missed field goal, Chriss wasted no time, hitting Williams for a 47 yard score to up the Chargers advantage to 13-0.

Madison Prep’s Tyler McCloud forced and recovered a Cubs fumble on the University seven-yard line to set up a Chriss pass to Tyrell Raby in the endzone on the next play to make it 20-0.

Chriss hit Williams for a 15-yard score with just over a minute to play in the third quarter to all but seal the deal. The Chargers signal caller rounded out the scoring with a one-yard keeper with 5:51 to play.

Madison Prep will look to ride their momentum to another victory next Friday when they host Parkview Baptist (4-4) next week while University will try to bounce back at home against West Feliciana (2-6).

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