MADISON, NJ – The Madison High School football team opened the season with a 42-27 loss to Mountain Lakes on Saturday afternoon.
The Dodgers fell behind 14-0 after one quarter and could never bounce back. Drew Brennfleck set the tone for Mountain Lakes early, coming up with an interception on defense before he reached the end zone from 59 yards out on a fake punt.
That start to the game was crucial. Quarterback Jack Baker, who went 6-for-13 for 146 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Jake Schicke on a nine-yard pass to give Mountain Lakes a 14-0 lead.
Mountain Lakes took a 28-7 lead into halftime behind five turnovers. The Herd had four interceptions, with two coming from TJ Lesko, and a sack-fumble from Mission Kercher. In its home opener, Madison’s Austin Schmitz scored from a yard out to cut the Herd lead to 14-7.
Touchdown runs from Wesley Dunn and Jason Luzzi put Mountain Lakes up three scores, 28-7, at the break.
After Baker found Kercher and Trevor Glavin on touchdown passes, Schmitz scored again for Madison as the Dodgers trailed 42-14 after three quarters.
Sophomore Jack O’Hearen threw two touchdowns for Madison – the first from 25 yards out to Matt Mulcahy – and the second to Nasir Love on a 37-yard strike.
O’Hearen finished the game with 380 yards passing, completing 18-of-28 pass attempts.
Brendan Quinn was his main target, hauling in 10 catches for a whopping 173 yards.
For Mountain Lakes, Spencer Goodbar had an interception.
Dunn ran 10 times for 62 yards, Baker added 34 yards rushing, Matt Palazzi added 95 yards on 15 carries and Schicke finished with three catches for 75 yards.
Madison, coming off a 5-5 season, stays home for the second game of a three-game homestand as it welcomes Hackettstown on Sept. 15.