With all the dirt and sweat from having played on both sides of the ball last night, Madison senior Justin Duncan probably didn't wear his uniform to bed. But the Warhawks tailback-defensive back isn't ready to give up his jersey just yet.
Duncan rushed for 291 yards and four touchdowns and intercepted two passes to lead Madison to a 49-14 win at Jefferson in a Virginia AAA Liberty District game.
Coach Gordon Leib "told the seniors before this game, like the last one, and the next one, that if we lose, our season is over," Duncan said. "I don't want to turn my uniform in. Not now, and not after our next game. If we win next week, we're in the playoffs."
The Warhawks (6-3, 5-1) entered last night ranked fifth among Division 5 teams in the Northern Region in power points, trailing Jefferson. The Colonials (5-4, 3-3) saw their postseason chances drop considerably in defeat. Stone Bridge entered last night in first place in the Liberty with no losses.
Madison gained 453 yards on the ground, running seemingly at will. The Warhawks fumbled on their third play from scrimmage, but scored touchdowns on seven of their next eight possessions.
Duncan and Madison took advantage of a healthy, cohesive offensive line that featured the return of 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior tackle Jake Thomas (mononucleosis).
"Our offensive line has really come together," Leib said. "They were creating holes."
Duncan gained 14 yards on each of his first three carries. He had 11 runs of at least 10 yards and his scoring plays covered 49, 35, 29 and 9 yards.
"I was pretty much able to pick whatever hole I wanted and get through it," Duncan said. "That's nice."
Jefferson started junior quarterback Ryan Sullivan for the third consecutive game with senior Matt Wong, the region's leading returning quarterback, out for the season with a knee injury.
Sullivan, a converted wide receiver, hit split end Jacob Letson on a 45-yard pass play deep downfield over the middle to open the scoring less than four minutes into the game.
Junior running back Aaron Lambert (12 carries, 80 yards) scored Madison's first two touchdowns, giving it a 14-6 lead. Duncan's 49-yard run early in the second quarter made it 21-6 before Sullivan connected with Ryan Nicholas (six catches, 88 yards) on a 26-yard scoring pass to make it 21-14 early in the second. Duncan scored on the next possession and ended the Colonials' opening threat of the second half with an interception in the end zone.