Middleton, Verona, Memorial win Big Eight openers
Middleton High School’s defending Big Eight football co-champions won a battle of big numbers late Friday night.
The Cardinals scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to squeeze past Madison East, 37-31, in a nonconference and season opener at Lussier Stadium in Madison that had a 90-minute weather delay.
Middleton running back David Ripp carried 32 times for 203 yards, including 5- and 12-yard touchdown runs. Carson Davis’ 2-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left was the game-winner in breaking a 31-31 tie.
East took a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter behind the passing and running of senior quarterback Drew McAdams.
McAdams rushed 11 times for 150 yards but did more damage with his arm. He completed 19 of 38 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns.
McAdams threw scoring passes covering 98 and 18 yards to Marquis Mason, and 92 and 46 yards to Tyler Kubicek.
Mason, a University of Wisconsin football recruit, finished with nine catches for 210 yards. Kubicek caught three passes for 154 yards and kicked a 37-yard field goal and four extra points.
MIDDLETON 37, EAST 31
Middleton 7 0 17 13—37
Madison East 3 14 7 7—31
Scoring summary: ME—FG, Tyler Kubicek, 37. Mid—David Ripp, 5 run (Kevin Peternell kick) ME—Kubicek, 46 pass from Drew McAdams (Kubieck kick). ME—Marquis Mason, 98 pass from McAdams (Kubicek kick). Mid—Ripp, 12 run (Peternell kick). Mid—Cory Nelson, 21 pass from Shane Adler (Peternell kick). ME—Mason, 18 from McAdams (Kubicek kick). Midd—FG, Peternell, 26. ME—Kubicek, 92 from McAdams (Kubicek kick). Mid—Nick Jauch, 12 pass from Adler (Peternell kick). Mid—Carson Davis, 2 run (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—Mid 11, ME 9. Rushes—Mid 39-231, ME 30-193. Yards passing—Mid 110, ME 378. Passes—Mid 25-9-1, ME 38-19-1. Fumbles—Mid 1-1, ME 1-1. Penalties—Mid 7-51, ME 15-114.
n Verona 49, La Follette—Verona began the defense of its Big Eight football co-championship in emphatic fashion Friday night. The Wildcats did all their scoring in the first two quarters of a season opener that was called at halftime because of weather conditions.
Ryan McDonald rushed for 212 yards on only five carries to lead Verona’s 387-yard ground game. He opened the scoring with a 77-yard touchdown run and scored on an 88-yard run in a 28-point second quarter.
VERONA 49, LA FOLLETTE 0
Madison La Follette 0 0—0
Verona 21 28—49
Scoring summary: V—Ryan McDonald, 77 run (Cameron Bathe kick). V—Brian Woods, 30 run (Bathe kick). V—Bathe, 21 run (Bathe kick). V—Woods, 3 pass from Danny Burns (Bathe kick). V—McDonald, 88 run (Bathe kick). V—Burns, 1 run (Bathe kick). V—Bathe, 5 run (Logan Sweeney kick).
Statistics: First downs—ML 3, V 7. Rushing—ML 13-6, V 21-387. Yards passing—ML 55, V 52. Passes—ML 18-9-0, V 7-5-0. Fumbles—ML 1-1, V 0-0. Penalties—ML 3-9, V 5-70.
n Memorial 28, West 27—Keith Larson scored two third-quarter touchdowns, and Madison Memorial’s stopped Madison West’s Leighton Settle on a two-point conversion run to score a key Big Eight Conference victory.
Larson’s second touchdown gave Memorial a 28-21 lead. West’s Settle cut the lead to one with a 64-yard TD scamper. The Regents planned to kick the extra point, but a penalty against the Spartans moved the ball to the 1-yard line. West then elected to go for two points, but the Spartans stopped Settle, who finished with 156 yards on 24 carries.
MEMORIAL 28, WEST 27
Memorial 0 7 21 0—28
West 0 14 7 6—27
Scoring summary: Galle, 10 pass from Moss (Wise kick). W—Zurbuchen, 65 run (Doe kick). W—Singer, 1 run (Doe kick). M—Larson, 4 run (Wise kick). W—Starlin, 73 run (Doe kick). MM—Neblett, 88 kickoff return (Wise kick). M—Larson 3 run (Wise kick). W—Settle 64 run (run failed).
Statistics: Rushing—M 26-85, W 36-327. Yards passing—M 206, W 29. Passes—M 34-15-1, W 7-4-0. First downs—M 13, W 10. Fumbles—M 2-1, W 3-2. Penalties—M 8-45, W 12-85.