Fourth-quarter swing leads Madison past North

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Madison scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns within a minute of each other to pull away from host North on Friday, 35-18.

“That wasn’t good all the way around, from top to bottom,” North coach Shawn Dodd said. “We didn’t do the job and got beat in every phase. That all starts with me. We didn’t do a good job program-wise.”

Dylan Froelich’s eight-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter pulled North to within 21-18 of Madison.

The Rangers then held when Madison attempted to convert a 4th-and-5 at the Ranger 31.

North punted away the football and the Blue Streaks put together an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped by an Alex Dragas seven-yard touchdown run that increased Madison’s lead to 28-18.

The Blue Streaks recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Dragas scored on a 19-yard run just one minute, 10 seconds later to close out the scoring.

Dragas threw two first-half touchdown passes and finished the game 4-of-6 passing for 57 yards and he added 102 rushing yards on 20 carries. Dominic Conforte led the Blue Streaks with 180 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries.

James Walker ran for 64 yards on 18 carries and scored two first-half touchdowns for the Rangers.

Madison outgained North, 353-180.

“They do a great job with their schemes and they came out ready to play,” Dodd said of the Blue Streaks. “We struggled throwing the ball and we couldn’t put drives together. They did a good job of eating up the clock and keeping us off the field.”

The Blue Streaks held an 11-minute advantage in time of possession.

North dropped to 2-7 on the year. The Rangers, who celebrated Senior Night on Friday, close out the regular season at Chardon on Friday.

“I’m thankful to the seniors for everything they’ve done,” Dodd said. “They’ve ground it out and done all the little things we’ve asked and they made the commitment and sacrifice. They’ve been dedicated to the program. I wish we could have won more games for them.”

Madison (3-6) hosts Brush on Friday.

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