The Madison Bulldogs are No. 1 after knocking off West Central this past Friday. The last time they defeated the Trojans was a decade ago. Now they are the top dogs in 11A.
"He's a great coach, but I don't know about the hat," Madison Senior QB Jacob Giles said.
In his fourth year, Bulldogs Head Coach Max Hodgen, led his team past powerhouse West Central and into first place in class 11A. The town of Madison is known for their athletics, however, football had been on the back page, until now.
"Oh yeah, it was really fun. Coming into it we knew it was going to be a great game, West Central is a great team. Being able to come out on top was really exciting for us as a team and our town. It had been ten years since we had beaten them, so it was very exciting for us," Madison Senior RB Rush Milne said.
The Bulldogs were fortunate enough to bring back four starting offensive linemen this season. They create time and holes for Madison's multi-tool offense lead by Jacob Giles, Rush Milne, and Preston Nordling.
"They have a huge impact. It is so fun to play with them. Giles can throw the ball a mile, Nordling catches everything that is thrown in his area, Rush is 200-pounds and can either beat you to the pylon or run you over," Madison Senior OL Jordan Unterbrunner said.
And that is exactly what this pack has done this year as they are outscoring the opposition by just over 28 points per contest. For a program that has never won a state title, it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure.
"To bring home the state title would be the most special moment of my life. We won one in basketball last year, but to be the first one to go to the Dakota Dome and win it would be huge," Madison Senior WR Preston Nordling said.
"This team is very driven. We know that was a big win for us, but we have more goals and we have to keep working this season with Tea coming up next," Giles said.
As Giles mentioned, his squad will travel to take on the fourth-ranked Titans in Tea this Friday night. Kickoff for this slugfest is set for 7:00 p.m.