MADISON, NJ – The Madison High School football team dropped to 1-2 on the season following a 63-14 loss to Bernards on Sept. 22.
The Dodgers took a 7-0 lead on a 59-yard punt block return for a touchdown. That’s when Bernards scored on back-to-back connections between quarterback Teddy Gouldin and Lucas Ritchie.
A 45-yard pass set up a two-yard TD run as Madison tied the game at 14 in the second quarter.
That’s when the onslaught began.
Bernards scored 49 unanswered points as Gouldin threw four touchdown passes to Lucas Ritchie, who finished with eight receptions for 314 yards and five touchdowns, and to Cookie Desiderio, who also scored on a 29-yard run.
Desiderio ran the ball 10 times for 65 yards and the TD. Joey Billotti had two carries for 61 yards and also caught a 26-yard pass.
Ethan Caldwell had a 17-yard carry for Bernards and Mike Leanza ran for a 97-yard TD to close things out. That was the second longest TD run in Bernards history.
The 63 points were the second most for the Mountaineers in program history.
Gouldin was efficient as he went 11-for-16 for 374 yards and six touchdowns.
Madison will look to turn things around when it heads to Chatham for a road game on Sept. 29. It will be the first road trip for the Dodgers this season.