UNION, NJ - A dynasty is hard to come bye in any sport, let alone high school football. With graduation and other non-football factors, winning three state championships in a row is as likely as returning a kick 109 yards for a touchdown, unlikely for everyone except the Madison Dodgers.
Playing in their third consecutive North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 final, the Dodgers shutout Mountain Lakes, 13-0, to win their third straight championship.
"It means everything," senior running back and Rutgers recruit Justin Goodwin said. "All the hard work we put in all year, all the dedication and all the preparation, this is what it comes down to, this is what we're working for."
Goodwin accounted for both scoring plays for Madison. He ran for a 43-yard touchdown then threw for a 20-yard score, as the Dodgers increased their winning streak to 37 games.
"I'm all numb right now," head coach Chris Kubik said. "It hasn't really sunk in about three. They're all special about three. Its a big moment for this program. To win three in a row, sets you apart a little bit."
Madison and Mountain Lakes played a back-and-forth opening half, with the teams alternative short drives until the Dodgers took control of the football with 6:45 to play in the first half.
Madison ran two plays on the drive. After senior running back Shone Register carried the ball up the middle for five yards, Goodwin took a handoff to the right side, faked a reverse and powered down the field and thru two defenders for a 43-yard touchdown.
The Dodger defense forced a fumble on the ensuing Hurd possession, then embarked on a second two play job. After a Layton Lassiter run for no yards, Goodwin took a handoff, then threw the ball to a wide-open Joey Geyer to put Madison up 13-0.
"Its a play we've been working on in practice, we've been preparing for," Geyer said. "We saw it open up in their defense, it was called, and we ran it perfectly."
Madison's defense carried the team throughout the game, forcing two fumbles. Additionally, Register and defensive lineman Nick Haboj sacked the Mountain Lake quarterback on consecutive plays on the Hurd's last offensive drive.
Kubik said he was "extremely proud" of the way the defense played.
"A shutout in the finals is a big deal," he said. "I'm very proud of our defense today."