MADISON — Behind the dynamic duo of Vic Sutton and Blake Gunter, Madison Central raced past rival Germantown 38-6 in a key Region 2-6A matchup on Friday night.
Madison Central (6-3, 5-2, Region 2-6A) clinched a playoff spot out of Region 2-6A with the win, but won’t know the seeding until next week following the Clinton-Starkville game.
The Jaguars cannot finish as the No. 1 seed, but they can be Nos. 2, 3 or 4.
“Really proud of my guys. They played hard after losing a tough one last week,” said Madison Central coach Anthony Hart. “Two or three times this year we’ve played teams and wondered if we could even block those guys and we were able to.”
The Jaguars got on the board first on a Sutton 1-yard run with 2:11 left in the first quarter to put Madison Central up 7-0.
On Madison Central’s second play of the second quarter, Sutton hit Gunter on a 70-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-0 with 9:41 left before halftime.
The Jaguars extended the lead to 17-0 with 38 seconds left before halftime on a Matthew Huerkamp 42-yard field goal.
B.J. Washington opened the third quarter with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to put Madison Central up 24-0.
Sutton added a 12-yard TD run to make it 31-0 Madison Central with six minutes left in the third quarter.
Sutton finished the night 9-of-14 passing for 174 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 33 yards with two touchdowns.
Gunter had four catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson Mize added a 37-yard score in the fourth quarter.
“We were able to utilize Gunter a couple of times because he’s such a mismatch and Vic throws the ball so well,” Hart said. “It doesn’t matter now. We are in the playoffs and whether we are at home or on the road we are ready to play.”
Nick Barnes had a 3-yard touchdown run for Germantown’s only score. The Mavericks finished the season 4-5 and 2-5 in Region 2-6A play.
— Brandon Shields
(Feature photo by Keith Warren)