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Madison quarterback A.J. Schmitz (10) was effective both on the ground and through the air in leading the Dodgers past Jefferson, 36-14, on Friday night in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference-Freedom Division game. (Photos by Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET)

Madison's Mike Dalena (7), who helped pace Dodger defense Friday night, closes in on Jefferson's Luke Bohn (23) as the home team asserts its resistance against the Falcons.

Madison running back Joe Mobley (2) is off to the races for the Dodgers vs. Jefferson

Schmitz-Led Madison Offense Clicks
In Impressive Showing Vs. Jefferson
By Sean Reilly
For sidelinechatter.com

MADISON ---   Coach Chris Kubik conveyed a meaningful message to his Madison team after it defeated Jefferson, 36-14, on Friday night at Ted Monica Stadium. 

The Dodgers played a good game, one worthy of the team occupying first place in the Freedom Division of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference. 

But Madison has it sights set on a bigger prize, the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 title. And to attain that goal, the Dodgers are going to have to keep improving over the remainder of the season. 

"We're an inexperienced team," Kubik said. "And we still show it at times." 

Madison, playing for the first time since beating Dover, 35-7, on Oct. 2, asserted itself against Jefferson by scoring on its first four possessions while building a 23-7 lead at the half. 

The sparkplug was senior quarterback AJ Schmitz, who finished the evening with 97 yards on 14 carries, including one touchdown. He also completed three of his eight pass attempts for 49 yards and two TDs. 

"We came out ready to go," he said. "We started out great, but we didn't play as well in the second half." 

Madison also played well defensively to stifle Jefferson. Mike Dalena and P.J. Mulcahy intercepted passes, and the the Falcons also had six plays result in negative yardage. 

Madison began the game with a 38-yard kick return from Joe Mobley to the Dodgers' 42. Five running plays followed before Schmitz found David Luttinger for a 16-yard TD 3:30 into the game. 

Jefferson, though, countered with a 12 play, 83-yard drive that ended with Luke Bohn scoring on a 5-yard run with 1:21 left in the quarter. Austin Blood hit the extra point for a 7-7 tie. 

Madison then moved 84 yards in eight plays, with Dom Luppino scoring on a 40-yard run with 9:20 left in the half. 

Jefferson then ran three straight plays that resulted in losses, which allowed Madison to start at the Falcons' 32 after a punt. Austin Sterkel eventually kicked a 22-yard field goal with 4:18 remaining for a 17-7 advantage. 

The interception by Dalena gave Madison possession at its 36 at the 2:44 mark, and Schmitz triggered a quick drive by running 10 yards to the Jefferson 44 and then sprinting 32 yards to the 9 before he threw a TD pass to Mobley on the next play. A conversion pass was no good, leaving Madison with a 23-7 lead with 1:05 showing in the half.

Jefferson had the ball to start the third quarter, but turned it over on downs at the Madison 38 at the seven-minute mark. 

Mobley immediately ran 31 yards to the Jefferson 31, and Schmitz scored five plays later on a 1-yard sneak for a 30-7 spread with 4:07 left in the third. 

Jefferson got a 22-yard scoring run from Bohn with 4:03 left in the game. Madison then recovered a fumble at midfield, and with its second offensive unit on the field, added a 7-yard TD carry from Mulcahy with 47 seconds left. 

Notes: Madison's bye last week was the only in-season off-week by a Morris County team all season. It's because the Dodgers play Millburn on Thanksgiving in the area's last remaining game on the holiday. ... Mobley ran eight times for 51 yards in addition to his touchdown catch. ... Luppino gained 71 yards on 10 carries. ... Bohn totaled 58 yards on 10 carries for the Falcons. Teammate Kamaali Roberts ran 12 times for 40 yards for Jefferson. Madison plays next Friday at Parsippany while Jefferson is on the road on Friday night at Hackettstown. ... Madison, which is 3-0 within the Freedom, is the lone unbeaten among the seven teams in the division. 

Jefferson           7   0   0  7  --  14

Madison           7   16   7    6 --  36

M- David Luttinger 16 pass from A.J. Schmitz (Austin Sterkel kick)

J-  Luke Bohn 5 run (Austin Blood kick)

M- Dom Luppino 40 run (Sterkel kick)

M- FG Sterkel 22

M- Joe Mobley 9 pass from Schmitz (pass failed)

M- Schmitz 1 run (Sterkel kick)

J- Bohn 22 run (Blood kick)

M- P.J. Mulcahy 7 run (kick failed)

Records: Jefferson 2-4, Madison 4-1

Follow Sean Reilly on Twitter @SeanReillyHS

Madison displayed a swarming defense in bottling up Jefferson in Friday night's NJAC action

Madison's Joe Mobley (2) finds a hole to run through as Dodgers' offense is on the move

 

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