VERONA, NJ – Verona battled, but could not get the best of Madison, falling 36-15 at the Hillbillies’ home opener on Saturday.

Verona struck first with a 65-yard touchdown run from Zach Zaccone on their first possession.  Madison answered back when Matt Boyd made a 1-yard touchdown run to tie it up.

Madison went for an onside kick on the following kickoff which was recovered for the Dodgers by Matt Mulcahy.  A four yard touchdown run by Boyd late in the second quarter gave Madison a 13-7 lead at the half.

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Verona came out strong in the second half, with another touchdown run for Zaccone making the score 15-13 after a successful two-point conversion.  However, Madison responded with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Mike Kearney to Matt O’Donnell and Madison would not give up the lead again.

An interception and touchdown by Madison’s Yiakos Kostidakis in the fourth put the Dodgers up 29-15 and Madison scored a final time before the final whistle.

The loss puts Verona at 0-2 for the season.  They host cross-town rivals Cedar Grove on Friday at 7 p.m.