MADISON, NJ - History was made at Madison’s Ted Monica Stadium on Saturday, where the Dodgers football team set a school record of 39 consecutive victories with a 41-13 blowout of Parsippany High School.
The Dodgers scored 41 unanswered points before the Red Hawks would get on the board at the end of the third quarter.
"They've shown week-in-and-week-out and year-in-and-year-out that they're going to play hard,” Dodgers head coach Chris Kubik said. “That's the one thing I'll never ever have to worry about".
Madison pounced on the Red Hawks on their first possession, storming down the field for a five-minute scoring drive. Junior quarterback A.J. Schmitz connected with senior wide receiver Christian Scarpello for a 15-yard touchdown to take the early lead. The score was set up by a 30-yard rush by senior halfback Vito Luppino.
After a quick three-and-out for the Red Hawks, Schmitz wasted no time by going right back over the top to hit Scarpello in stride for a 50-yard touchdown.
Schmitz said that he feels confident surrounded by players who all have a similar mindset and common goal: winning.
Madison’s defense stonewalled Parsippany on the following possession and Luppino forced a fumble which was recovered by Frank Iannarone. With a short field to work with, junior running back David Luttinger ran for a score from five yards out, giving the Dodgers a 20-point lead.
Parsippany threatened early in the second quarter when senior Amog Karwar dashed for a 40-yard pick-up. But as soon as the Red Hawks showed signs of life, the Dodgers defense forced another turnover, this time a fumble by junior running back David Patracuolla.
Madison added two more touchdowns before the end of the half including a 15-yard run by Luttinger and a jump ball that was tipped around and finally hauled in by senior Pat Zimmerman, who would run it in for the score with no time remaining.
The third quarter saw limited action as the accelerated clock was turned on because of the 35-0 lead by Madison. Toward the end of the quarter, sophomore Zach Shupe ran in the final Dodger touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Red Hawk’s senior Kevin Molina found an opening and sped down the sideline for Parsippany’s first score of the day. Senior running back Sheldon Ealy added another score for the Red Hawks in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late, as coach Kubik and his Dodgers watched the final seconds tick off the clock.
“It's about how we develop over the course of the season,” Kubik said. “Can we win a state championship? Yes. Will we? We'll find out in a few weeks.”
Madison is 2-0 on the season. They’re road to a state championship continues next week against Hanover Park.