By Steve McKenna
Madison Clinic Coach Peter Mazzocchi is all about teaching. Its not just teaching the game, but also building the character values that every kid has inside, needing to be nurtured out. When it comes to commitment, who better than he to show by example. Such was the case on Friday night Oct. 26 at the Madison Recreation Complex, as his Dodgers hosted Dover under the lights. It was Coach Peters’ 32 anniversary, and the best way he and his wife decided to celebrate that magical night was to stand united with his team of young Dodger players. His players vowed not to let him down. After the toss, the Tigers took possession, and went out on the field like going on a blind date. The Dodger defense of Liam Beifus, Peter Kearney, Jack Wilt, Matty Gero Matthew Monaco, Aiden Bodnar, Carter Vali and Patrick Quinn quickly made the introductions, and Dover was four and done before you could say I Do. Madisons offense wasted no time, taking the ball forcibly down the field with fine plays behind superior blocking of Nick Esposito, Jeremy McKenna, Aiden Feledy, John Geier, Bruno Codorlup, and Sean Purce . It was on fourth down that Quarterback Jack O’hearen gave it to Patrick Penders, who teased his way through the line for the first score. O’hearens sneak made it 7-0 early. Dover was unable to make any advancement on their next series, and that’s how it went for both sides until late in the half, when Madison regained the ball. After a failed pass attempt, it went to fourth down on the Dover 25, and Penders got the nod again, scoring swiftly to make it 13-0 as the first half ended.
The second half opened with Madison getting the ball. More great runs by Timmy Holland and Penders of 30 and 40 yards respectively got them to the Dover 15, where Holland this time stormed his way in for the TD. Two-point Tommy Dwyer added his specialty and the Dodgers had a commanding 20-0 lead in the third. Dover seemed to be deflating as the game progressed, unable to get past the likes of Greyson Cullis, Matthew McIntyre and Luke Vorhees. As Madison took over for the last time, O’hearen handed off to a dashing Ryan Marquardt, whos first impression of the night was a lasting one, bringing the Dodgers into Dover territory. It set up an easy end-around run by Penders that put the icing on the cake, giving the Clinic Dodgers their third straight shutout and improved their unbeaten record to 7-0. The Honeymoon is not yet over, as the Dodgers bring their talents to also undefeated Lenape Valley on Saturday Nov 3 for their final showdown of the season, it proves to be a great finish to a Cinderella start