MADISON, NJ - The Madison High School football senior class has never lost a game. Over four years in the program, from freshman to junior varsity and now varsity competition, the Dodgers Class of 2013 has remained perfect in every aspect, including going 2-for-2 in state championship games.
On Saturday, in their final tuneup for a third consecutive run at the championship, Madison football remained in the status quo, dismantling an overmatched Newton, 53-0.
Senior running back Justin Goodwin, who is the only senior player on the roster to lose a varsity game (a 2009 game when he was just a freshman) ran for two touchdowns and caught a third, led the Dodgers to the victory.
"Justin is what he is," head coach Chris Kubik said. "He's a great play, tough kid, he works hard. Its fun to watch him. I'm lucky to coach him."
The Dodgers controlled the pace and momentum of the game early in the first quarter. During their first drive, Madison drove 82 yards down the field and scored on Shone Register's only touchdown from four yards out.
After forcing a three-and-out on defense, quarterback Carson Lassiter scored on a keeper from 16 yards out to push the lead to 14-0.
Less than two minutes later, corner back Brett Spelker intercepted a Newton pass at midfield and ran the ball back for Madison's third touchdown of the first quarter.
The second quarter was no different, as the Dodgers scored three more times, including a 29-yard passing score from Lassiter to Goodwin. The Dodgers scored six times in the first half and on the first play in the second half on a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Despite the 53-0 win, Kubik said there was much to learn from this game leading into next week's state tournament first round game against Hanover Park.
"Every game is a preparation for us," he said. "We try and play hard in every game. We try to get our tempo going every time we step on the field, whether its practice or a game. It gets us ready for the big one."
The road to the "big one" will run through Madison High School, as the Dodgers are the No. 1 seed in the tournament. For a team that has yet to lose a regular season game, let alone a tournament game, Kubik sees this team as something special.
"They have not lost…" Kubik said. "This senior class was undefeated as freshman. They've hit the ground running. They've been phenomenal for us, they're just great kids and I'm very proud of them."