MADISON — With just three weeks left in the regular season, the Marmaton Valley Wildcats have put themselves in position for a possible postseason berth. MVHS improved to 2-0 in Eight Man I-District 1 action on Friday by rolling past Madison 46-6.
“I thought our offensive line played very well and controlled the game,” said Wildcat coach Gavin Cole. “The ball carriers ran really hard. I didn’t think they always read their blocks correctly. Defensively, it was one of our better tackling games. We had some missed assignments defensively here or there that we need to clean up, but overall I was satisfied with our performance. We continued to take steps in the right direction.”
With the victory, Marmaton Valley improved to 5-1 overall, including 2-0 in district play. The Wildcats — in pursuit of their first playoff bid since 2012 — face a tough challenge next Friday as they entertain St. Paul in a pivotal district and Three Rivers League contest. In addition to being unbeaten in district play, MVHS is 3-0 and currently all alone atop the TRL standings. St. Paul (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season on Friday with a 36-22 home setback to West Elk in a battle of unbeatens.
“We have believed that we are a good team from the beginning, but I would be lying if I told you starting 2-0 in districts hasn’t given us even more confidence,” Cole said. “With that being said, we also understand that there is a lot of work ahead of us. We are taking it one week at a time and putting all of our concentration into the game ahead of us, which happens to be St. Paul now. This game has possible playoff implications along with being for our league championship. We look forward to the challenge in what should be a very fun game.”
Marmaton Valley’s defense set the tone all game long against Madison. The Wildcats limited the Bulldogs to just 87 total yards for the game. Meanwhile, the MVHS offense finished with 365 yards, including 310 rushing yards on 52 carries.
The Wildcats took the lead early on a seven-yard touchdown run from Trevor Wilson. Caiden Elliot ran in the conversion to give the visitors an 8-0 advantage.
MVHS blew the game wide open before halftime. Elliot scored on a five-yard run, and that was followed up by a three-yard run from Justice Pugh into the end zone. Later in the second quarter, Elliot found Korbin Smith for a 30-yard scoring strike. Madison was able to score just before the break, but Marmaton Valley took a commanding 30-6 advantage into the intermission.
The Wildcats finished off the scoring in the third quarter. Wilson scampered 17 yards for a score, and Isaac Heskett closed things out on an 11-yard run to close out the 40-point victory.
Wilson led the Marmaton Valley rushing attack with 24 carries for 150 yards and the two touchdowns.