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Roberts Scores 80-Yard TD in Jefferson Loss

Falcons fall to two-time defending state champion Madison.

Five different players rushed for eight touchdowns and Madison showed why it’s considered among the state’s elite teams with a 56-8 victory over Jefferson on Friday night. Justin Goodwin, Carson Lassiter and Dave Luttinger each rushed for a pair of scores for the unbeaten Dodgers (5-0). Jefferson dropped to 4-2.

An 80-yard touchdown run by Falcons running back Kamaali Roberts in the fourth quarter was the only thing Jefferson fans had to cheer about. The Falcons have to shake off the defeat and get ready for Hackettstown next Friday.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Madison (5-0)

21

21

14

00

56

Jefferson (4-2)

00

00

00

08

08

IN SHORT
The contest was over by halftime. Madison, a two-time state champion that has not lost a game in more than two years, scored on nearly all of its first half possessions and built a 42-0 lead at the half. The Jefferson defense could not stop the Dodgers ground game which includes Rutgers-bound back Justin Goodwin. On offense the Falcons were not able to muster much of an attack against the Dodgers. Give Jefferson credit for not giving up and Roberts’ late score gave fans something to smile about, but basically the Falcons will have to regroup in a hurry because challenging contests against Hackettstown and Hoboken are still to come.

FALCON OF THE GAME
Kamaali Roberts, Running back—
The sophomore running back scored a fourth-quarter touchdown which made sure the day for Jefferson wasn’t a total loss, but very little went well for the Falcons on Friday...

TOUGH OPPONENT
Madison’s offensive line —
The Dodgers front line is difficult to stop. Tight ends John Young and Collin Scarpello, tackles Will Mottola and Michael Ubertaccio, center Billy Kennedy, and guards Matt Fastiggi and Jaywon Brown are bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic than last year’s offensive line that gave the Dodgers a state title. They opened up plenty of holes for the swift Goodwin and the punishing Register to blast through. Madison built a commanding lead by halftime.

THEY SAID IT
They are just a terrific team. We wanted to get out of here as healthy as we can be and move forward. There are things ahead that we have to get ready for. We have two big games coming up against Hackettstown and Hoboken. We have to regroup here and move forward.  … When you get a team that good that doesn’t come around that often you know what you are in for. It’s a buzz saw. They are a special team. I told their coach good luck against Lenape Valley. That is going to be one helluva game to watch.’’—Jefferson coach Joe Mattessich.

Up Next—Jefferson at Hackettstown next Friday.

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