In its first true test of the football season, Madison outlasted Hanover Park 48-25 on the Hornets grass field in East Hanover on Friday night.
Senior fullback Shone Register rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Carson Lassiter plunged in for two more as the Dodgers improved their record to 3-0 on the season and extended their unbeaten string to 28-0 over the last three seasons.
Hanover Park (2-1)
Although Hanover Park came up with some big plays, it couldn’t consistently match the Dodgers which put together solid consistent drives with the pounding runs of Register, Lassiter and Justin Goodwin. Goodwin rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and made his presence felt on kick returns despite only touching the ball once. Hanover Park refused to kick off to him and Madison special teams succeeded in fielding the Hornets squib kicks which gave the Dodgers superior field position throughout the game. Defensively, Madison gave up a few big plays but limited Hanover Park’s ground game. Much of the Hornets damage was done by quarterback Jim Sivolella who threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more including an 81-yard dash to start the third quarter.
DODGER OF THE GAME
Shone Register, senior fullback—Register is just one tough player to bring down. He rushed for 162 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns. His scores came on runs from nine, six and 11-yard bursts. The senior back also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, too..
TOP DODGERS OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
RUSHING: Shone Register (24 carries for 162 yards; three touchdowns); Carson Lassiter (18 rushes for 124 yards and two touchdowns) Justin Goodwin (16 rushes for 96 yards and two touchdowns)
Jim Sivolella (Hanover Park quarterback): Provided a lot of the offense with his arm or his legs. He ran for an 81-yard score and threw a 71-yard TD pass to Jaquil Scott. He even threw an important block that sprung Hornets’ linebacker Scott Kinney for a touchdown on his pass interception.
THEY SAID IT
"Our offense has been tremendous all year and over the last few years. We don’t care where we get the ball. We just want to be consistent on offense and do what we do. … Shone (Register) is just physical. You saw what he was all about today. Whether he’s blocking or carrying the ball he is a physical, tough kid. He enjoys both parts of the ball in terms of blocking and running and that is what you want in a fullback. … It’s a gut check. Hanover Park always does a great job. They are extremely well coached. We knew we were going to be in a battle today. They always play tough when we come up here."–Madison head coach Chris Kubik
“We’ve been working on stopping that big play and we knew that they would have the potential to make a big play. We have to work on stopping that passing game. From now until the end of the season we are going to work on stopping the pass. … Shone (Register) is an amazing fullback. His physical strength – he is one of a kind – for a big guy like that you don’t expect him to make moves the way he does. He’s fast for his size. He’s an incredible athlete. … This is the type of game that opens our eyes for the season. It isn’t going to be a cake walk. We can’t overlook teams. It (today) was a bit of a shocker but it was good we came away with a win and get ready for next week.’’-Madison quarterback Carson Lassiter
Up Next—Madison at Hackettstown 7 p.m. next Friday.