And then in Week 1, Conforti, a senior wide receiver, caught eight passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Choutka completed 64 percent of his passes and threw for 280 yards and five scores. Madison beat crosstown rival Oakton for the first time in 10 years.
“We were all pretty confident going into that game, but it didn’t hit us ’til it happened,” Conforti said.
Now five weeks in, the No. 8 Warhawks are undefeated and flying high behind the lethal combination of Choutka to Conforti, who are as close off the field as on it.
Choutka moved to Vienna in 2010 when he was going into sixth grade. He and Conforti became fast friends between sitting next to one another in class and playing sports together after school.
Going into high school, Conforti had only played one season of youth football. He mainly focused on baseball and basketball.
But he decided to try out for the team when he arrived at Madison, and he and Choutka emerged as starters together once the lethal passing duo of Jason Gastrock and Jordan Ebersole graduated.
They helped Madison to a 9-1 record last year, which ended in a first-round playoff loss to Chantilly.
“I look at the bright side last year and what they did for the program,” Madison Coach Lenny Schultz said. “It’s been building blocks.”
Between Choutka and Conforti, the hope in the Warhawks’ locker room is that this is the year to finish a championship run.
Madison faces Marshall on Friday before a key clash with fellow unbeaten and No. 20 South Lakes on Oct. 14 in Reston.
The number of days since No. 20 South Lakes’ last loss. It came to Westfield in the Virginia 6A North region playoffs. On Friday night, the Seahawks unloaded 342 yards of offense against Washington-Lee.
Cobbs caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Hayfield’s 48-0 rout of McLean Friday. Through five games, he has 35 catches for 572 yards and five receiving touchdowns.
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