Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Geneva claims first win at Madison since 1998

Charles Taylor’s one-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the game led Geneva to a 22-19 win at Madison on Friday.

The win was Geneva’s first at Madison since 1998.

“This game has been tight the last four years,” Geneva coach Chip Sorber said. “It’s been one point or a touchdown. Tonight, it was two heavyweights out there throwing haymakers at each other. They’ve got 22 seniors out there and we’ve got a good group too. The stands were packed. The environment was awesome.”

Madison struck first when Alex Dragas ran for a four-yard touchdown but Blake Peet tied the game with his 55-yard scoring run.

The Eagles took a 15-7 lead in the third quarter when Ben Scibona threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Justin Way. Peet ran for the two-point conversion.

“Our quarterback has the ability to throw this year and he hit a touchdown pass,” Sorber said of Scibona, who threw for 60 yards in the game. “He was able to stretch the field a few times on those guys. We’ll take it. We’re a multi-faceted offense and we have a lot of guys that touch the ball. Tonight, it was basically that.”

Madison responded with 12 straight points.

Dragas threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Welch to cut Geneva’s lead to 15-13 and Austin McCourt gave the Blue Streaks a 19-15 lead with his 13-yard touchdown run with four minutes left in the game.

The Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff to near midfield and Way ran for what the Eagles thought was a 38-yard touchdown. That score was erased by a holding penalty and the pressure mounted for the Eagles.

“We clocked the ball a couple of times to get the clock stopped but we got down where we needed to be and just jammed it in there,” Sorber said of Taylor’s game-winning plunge.

Geneva ran for 264 yards in the game.

“It’s a very diversified run game,” Sorber said. “Tonight, our halfbacks were big in the run game. They were running the jet and a few other plays because Madison worked hard to take our fullback game away and they kind of did. They slowed Charlie Taylor down and forced us to do some other things.”

With Taylor being limited to just 30 yards on 10 carries, Peet picked up the slack.

Peet ran for 167 yards on 13 carries. He also caught two passes for 42 yards.

“People always expect Blake to make the big plays and tonight he did,” Sorber said. “He did a great job. He was explosive and tough to handle. I couldn’t be more pleased with him but that’s what we expect out of Blake.”

Geneva hosts Jefferson in Week 2.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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