SWANNANOA — No one is going winless in Western North Carolina this football season.
Madison got touchdown runs from Colby Edwards and Derek Gonzalez on Friday night to upend homestanding Owen, 15-14.
Gonzalez ran the ball 16 times for 139 yards, helping the Patriots (1-7, 1-2) snap an 11-game losing streak that began when the same two Western Highlands Conference teams played in October 2014.
Madison was the last winless team in the mountains this season.
“These kids deserve this for how hard they worked. I’ve been praying it would happen for them,” Patriots coach Mark Gosnell said.
“They’ve had so much adversity and obstacles to overtime. We really worked hard in the practice the last couple weeks and we were coming off our open date, so we had some kids back (from injuries). They just played a real good football game. Both teams did.”
Madison scored all its points in the second quarter.
Gonzalez found the end zone on a 5-yard run with 10:30 to go until halftime. And then Edwards scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with just 2:05 left before the break. Austin Payne’s two-point conversion run, which came after the touchdown by Edwards, proved to be big.
Edwards completed five of his 12 passes for 93 yards. Junior Denton added 79 rushing yards on 13 carries.
The Warhorses (1-7, 1-3) were led by Sidney Gibbs, who rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown. His quarterback, DeMarcus Harper, also had a touchdown (5 yards).
More on this story to come….
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