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48 minutes.

That’s how long it took for a 24-game winning streak to end. In not even an hour, Mountain lakes went from 24-0 to 24-1.The Madison Dodgers fell to only two teams last year: Hanover Park and Mountain Lakes. Apparently Madison was determined to not have history repeat itself.

Madison fans packed the home bleachers, pumping up the team and celebrating the start of the season. Herd fans showed up strong too, and the sound of Dads yelling, fans cheering, and cowbells ringing filled the stadium.

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Joe Mobley crosses the goal line twice as the Dodgers tramples the Mt Lakes Herd 33-6 (photo by Matalin Marano).

Madison defense had a spectacular game. The Delena brothers were shutting down almost every running play from the Herd, causing Mountain Lakes to punt over and over. And, Madison’s Zach Shupe, Dom Luppino, Dante DiIonno, Justin Dalena, and Matt Boyd sacked Griffin Baker throughout the game.

During the game, injuries were just about as common as Madison’s touchdowns.
The 2nd quarter Benji Wuersch dislocated his finger for Mountain Lakes and Bubba Brennan of Mountain Lakes was taken off the field, injury unknown. Mountain Lakes’ Michael Aiello most likely hyper-extended his leg during the 3rd quarter. Madison’s Zach Shupe limped off the field during the final 5 minutes of the game.

Perhaps the best play of the game came in the second quarter. The Dodgers lost the ball at the beginning of the quarter giving Mountain Lakes a chance to impress. But the Herd was picked off, and by a quarterback no less.

Madison’s Nick Coviello intercepted the ball, and when he returned to offense on the next down, his pass found the hands of Joe Mobley. Mobley didn’t just run; he blew down the field forty yards to the endzone. The extra point is missed.

But Mountain Lakes was not about to be shown up just yet. On the return Mountain Lakes’ Jake Spagnola ran the ball all the way to the endzone, where later the extra point is called no good. Then, on the next Mountain Lakes offensive series, Baker followed with a beautiful spiral from the Herd’s 40 where it’s caught and run in for a touchdown. But wait, yellow flags sprang up all over the field. Mountain Lakes was called for holding. The half ended at 6-6.

To the cries of “Dodger Nation” the third quarter opened. The Herd flew down the field to start the second half, trying to establish a change in momentum, but Madison’s Mike Martirano intercepted Baker. Zach Shupe puts another six on the board with a 40-yard TD and the Dodgers answer with a 40-yard pass, making the score now 13-6. Madison’s closes out the quarter with another touchdown by Joe Mobley.

Madison dominated the last quarter. It started off shaky with an injury for Madison’s Zach Shupe. But Joe Mobley jetted down the field with yet another beautiful touchdown bringing the score to 33-6.

Madison fans counted out the last 10 seconds of the game, rushing the field with a sign scripted with 24-1. The team and fans celebrated the win—but don’t count out Mountain Lakes. They’re hosting Butler under the lights at 7PM on 9/18. Madison plays Lenape Valley at home on 9/19.

Box Score

Madison 33
Mountain Lakes 6
M 0 6 20 7
ML 0 6 0 0

M- Mobley TD, kick missed
ML- Jake Spagnola returns punt for TD
M- Zach Shupe 40 yard reception for touchdown. Missed two point conversion
M- Jake Marshall 46 yard TD
M- TD, extra point good
M- Mobley TD, point good

Marcella is a junior at Mendham High School in which she is an honor student, peer leader and a member of the student council. Marcella has been around sports all her life and loves to watch NFL RedZone.

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