By DOUG DONNELLY
OTTAWA LAKE – Scott Gallagher has brought a new look to Madison.
The former Sand Creek coach is the new head coach at Madison. He took over the Trojans in March, started getting kids into the weight room soon after and brings his 2-0 Trojans to Whiteford Friday for a matchup of unbeaten teams.
“It’s going to be a challenge,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “They bring a different look than they’ve had, and it will be a tough matchup for us.”
Madison is 2-0. It accepted a forfeit victory in Week 1 when Adrian couldn’t play due to a COVID-19 issue and the tragic death of one of its players. In Week 2, Gallagher’s single wing offense made a rousing debut in Madison as the Trojans piled up 54 points in beating Royal Oak Shrine.
Whiteford comes into the Tri-County Conference opener 2-0 as well, having beaten two Lenawee County Athletic Association teams. Both were Division 6 schools, as is Madison. The Bobcats are No. 1 in all of Division 8 in playoff points coming into this week.
“They are going to be well-coached and a huge challenge for our ball club,” Gallagher said.
Madison had a huge game running the ball against Shrine, in a game that saw them have two running backs with more than 150 yards each and 587 yards of total offense. The Trojans poured on 32 points in the fourth quarter in the come-from-behind win.
“We wore them down, I think,” said Gallagher. “We had some mistakes and some penalties that we need to clean up, but we played well. I’m happy for our guys.”
Isiah Casarez-Ruiz rushed 17 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns while Dante Cerasuolo had 12 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown. Mario Garcia, Haydn Stover, and Bronson Scott also scored for Madison.
The Knights took a 27-24 lead with 7:20 left in the third quarter, but Madison scored four times in the fourth quarter.
Cerasuolo had the longest touchdown of the night for Madison, a 66-yard run in the third quarter.
The Bobcats are 2-0 and one of the highest rated teams in Division 8 after defeating Blissfield and Ida. Cole Giesige has five touchdowns in those two games while Shea Ruddy has more than 300 yards of offense. The Bobcat defense has four fumble recoveries and three interceptions in two games.
Madison beat Whiteford to start the 2020 season, which was the Trojans’ first win against the Bobcats since 1980.
Here are some pre-game notes and stats for Friday’s Whiteford-Madison matchup: