BEDFORD — Madison’s high-powered offense was held to just 68 yards in a 41-6 loss at Bedford North Lawrence on Friday night.
The Cubs, who came into the game averaging more than 20 points per contest, trailed only 14-6 late in the second half. But BNL dominated the second half and rolled to the easy win.
For Madison coach Leroy Wilson, the final result was disappointing, not because they lost, but because the Cubs forgot how good they can be.
“I really don’t like this word but the potential, but that’s what we have and I wish they could see it,” Wilson said. “I wish they could see it because we have glimpses on offense, we have glimpses on defense, we have glimpses on special teams and we look really, really good. And then all of a sudden, one brain fart and the drive’s done. That’s what I saw tonight. We need that mentality of getting into the end zone and we’re still working on that.”
Madison (3-5) put together one good drive which resulted in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Oliver to Drew Hayden, but could do nothing the rest of the game. Oliver was limited to 91 yards passing on 10-of-24 while the Cubs were in negative numbers on the ground for the second-straight week, rushing for minus-23 for 68 total yards.
In the face of those numbers, it was surprising that Madison was in the game at all. The Stars (4-4) held a 21-6 lead at halftime, but then scored three more touchdowns over the final 24 minutes to pull away for the win.
Watching his offense struggle to move the ball was the most difficult thing for Wilson, who knows that his team will need to get that part straightened out with only one week left before the sectional.
“We are on pace with last year’s offense but these guys don’t see it, and when you have a young offense that’s learning and you get into those tough situations, it can be tough,” Wilson said. “That’s on us as coaches to figure it out and get these guys back on track. We’ve got to refocus on Monday and get ready for Seymour.”
Junior all-state candidate Colin Yancey caught five passes for 52 yards to lead the Cubs while Hayden had three catches for 34 yards and the touchdown. Taytum Anderson had 22 yards on 10 rushing attempts.
Bedford had 366 total yards, led by quarterback Memphis Louden who was 14-for-23 passing for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Dylan Nikirk caught two passes for 58 yards and Zane Anderson rushed 12 times for 78 yards.
Madison returns home for its final regular season game on Friday when the Cubs host Seymour. Madison will then open the sectional tournament the following week against South Dearborn.
Wilson said it’s crucial that the Cubs get the taste of the last two losses out of their mouths before the tournament.
“This loss cannot loom over us and we cannot carry it over into the final week of the season,” Wilson said. “We’ve been hot and cold but this is the first time we’ve lost two in a row. All season we’ve bounced back each week. And so now, that’s gonna be the test. This week that’s gonna be the challenge. I fully believe and I fully trust these guys are going to do that.”