Madison Memorial cruises past Janesville Parker, 38-9
MADISON—At first glance of the stat sheet, it appears Janesville Parker did its job defensively when it came to stopping Madison Memorial's running game, holding the Spartans to 127 yards on 31 attempts, a respectful 4.1 yards per carry.
The problem was the pass defense—the main reason the Vikings are still searching for their first win in 2013.
Senior receiver Daurice Fountain powered the Spartans' offense and even chipped in on defense, as Madison Memorial scored the game's first 31 points and earned a comfortable 38-9 Big-Eight-conference victory Friday night.
Memorial (2-0, 2-0 Big Eight) only completed 11 passes, but the length of the passes is what delivered the knockout blows early. Five of the Spartans' completions went for double digits, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Fountain on the second play from scrimmage and a 47-yard touchdown, again to Fountain, just before halftime.
In all, Fountain caught four passes for 137 yards and two of Memorial's five touchdowns.
“We had guys in position to make a play (and) we just didn't take advantage of that,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said. “They beat us in the big plays and that's probably one of the biggest differences.”
Trying to rebound from a sloppy first half that saw them penalized six times for 45 yards, two of which extended Memorial drives, the Vikings (0-2, 0-2) seemed to find some momentum coming out of halftime. But despite driving 50 yards in 11 plays to get inside the Spartan 15, the Vikings couldn't punch it in, as Fountain popped up again to intercept a fourth-down pass in the end zone.
“If we would have gotten a score there, it would have definitely helped,” Skrzypchak said. “Give our kids a little bit of confidence. We had two opportunities at the end and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities. We didn't make the play. We have to do more of that.”
The Vikings finally found the end zone when Mitch Treinen took a quarterback keeper 36 yards early in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Parker returns home to face Middleton (1-1, 1-1) and needs to find rhythm offensively, as the Vikings had more plays that lost yardage (12) than double-digits gains (four).
“We have to continue doing what we do,” Skrzypchak said. “We've been playing fairly good defense and running the ball. Offensively we have to sustain drives, keep drives going and obviously finish them. We have to eliminate the mental mistakes. We can't keep digging ourselves a hole and expect to get out of it all the time.”
MADISON MEMORIAL 38, JANESVILLE PARKER 9
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—9
Madison Memorial 7 17 7 7—38
Scoring summary: MM—Daurice Fountain, 75 pass from Brandon Toman (Jeremy Gartland kick). MM—Tyler Lindquist, 19 pass from Toman (Gartland kick). MM—Gartland 35 field goal. MM—Fountain, 47 pass from Toman (Jeremy Gartland kick). MM—Trevis Miller, 2 run (Gartland kick). JP—Team Safety. JP—Mitch Treinen, 36 run (Billy Phalin kick).
Statistics: First downs—Parker 10, Memorial 9. Rushes—Parker 40-48, Memorial 31-127. Yards passing—Parker 25, Memorial 217. Passes—Parker 15-6-1, Memorial 17-12-0. Fumbles—Parker 1-0, Memorial 1-0. Penalties—Parker 10-80, Memorial 12-105.