Madison takes care of business against foe Arizona in Honor Bowl
After a disastrous Friday at the Honor Bowl where two of San Diego’s top teams were defeated by two of Arizona’s top teams, it was up to Madison to defend the county’s honor.
It was a task the Warhawks embraced, taking a 28-point halftime lead and beating Phoenix Desert Vista 35-0 midway through Saturday’s 12th Honor Bowl game at Cathedral Catholic High.
“We absolutely knew what happened Friday night,” Madison coach Rick Jackson said.
“Desert Vista (ranked No. 25 in Arizona) is a good team, but I don’t think we’re disrespecting anyone by saying they’re not in the same class as Chandler (63-7 winner against Cathedral Catholic) or Red Mountain (35-16 winner against Mater Dei Catholic).
“Nevertheless, it was up to us to show that we play good football here.”
In other games Friday against teams from Arizona, El Camino lost 43-6 to Phoenix Pinnacle, while Helix edged Mesa Mountain View 24-21.
“We knew what Arizona did on Friday, but that was yesterday,” Madison quarterback Reggie Jackson said. “We wanted to represent San Diego, but we couldn’t get caught up in it all. We had to play our game.”
Jackson, the game’s MVP, had perhaps the best day of his career, completing 24 of 31 passes for 316 yards and touchdowns for 26 and 12 yards to Dylan McFeely and 20 and 16 yards to Frankie Giovinetti.
“To be honest, this could be my escape game,” Jackson said. “But I can’t be satisfied. I think there’s more to it – individually and as a team. Coach Jackson preaches that we are a brotherhood. So far this season we have played like that.
Madison is 3-0 and ranked No. 3 in the county.
While Madison’s offense was superb, the defense was dominant, sacking Desert Vista quarterback Braxton Thomas six times, including two by Makhai L’Viavia.
The Thunder, playing their first game of the season, rushed 27 times for 17 yards.
Thomas completed 12 of 28 passes for 146 and was intercepted by Isaac Turner to earn the shutout.
Along with his two TD catches, Giovinetti recovered a fumbled punt, seeing a TD hit him on the next play.
“Desert Vista was a very good team,” said L’Viavia. “But it shows that hard work pays off. We had after the quarterback, got sacks, stopped the running game. We were aware of what the Arizona teams did on Friday. We wanted to exclude Desert Vista, but we didn’t want San Diego to be excluded either.
Madison 35, Desert Vista 0
View of the desert 0 0 0 0 — 0
Madison 14 14 7 0 — 35
M— Tiavo 4 run (Minshew kick)
M— Giovinetti 20 Johnson pass (Minshew kick)
M— Giovinetti 16 Johnson pass (Minshew kick)
M— McFeely 26 Johnson pass (Minshew kick)
M— McFeely 12 Johnson pass (Minshew kick)