Young carries Monona Grove past Madison Edgewood

Young carries Monona Grove past Madison Edgewood

Monona Grove gets another huge performance from running back Toren Young as he rushes for a season high 283 yards and 5 touchdowns to push the Silver Eagles past Madison Edgewood 42-21 Friday night.

It looked like this game would go back-and-forth all night after a fast past first half. However, Monona Grove (4-1, 1-1 Badger South) never looked back after recovering an onside kick attempt to open the second half by Edgewood (0-5, 0-3 Badger South). Monona Grove was not expecting the onside kick.

“I’d be lying if I said we were,” said Monona Grove head coach Brandon Beckwith. “They kind of caught us… Luckily it didn’t bounce the way they wanted it to bounce and we responded offensively.”

The first play following the onside kick Young took the handoff up the middle and bounced out to the left sideline and scored on a 49-yard touchdown run to put Monona Grove up 28-21 just 15 seconds into the 2nd half.

“It’s just the run schemes, you see a hole and you just bounce back and cut,” said Young. “The o-line did a great job, they make walls and that’s important on the backside.  We just didn’t take plays off today.”

Both teams were able to match each other in the first half. Edgewood opened up the scoring in the game on a 6-yard carry that Peyton Bondoc snuck into the end zone on a six-minute drive. Monona Grove would answer almost immediately, as Young scored on a 25-yard carry to tie the game at 7.

The scoring did not stop there, as Edgewood got the ball back and quarterback Jack Dunn finished up the Crusaders drive with a 5-yard touchdown to put them back on top 14-7 in the 2nd quarter over Monona Grove. A 51-yard carry by Young setup Monona Grove at the 4 yard line and Young would finish the drive from there to tie the game at 14.

The only touchdown by Monona Grove that Young was not involved in was a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alec Ogden to receiver Andryi Nahirniak to give the Silver Eagles their first lead of the game 21-14 over the Crusaders. Edgewood’s quarterback would use his legs to score again, taking the option play 35 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 21.

Edgewood had a chance to take a lead at the end of the half after they recovered a fumble by backup running back Brady Blang. However, Dunn was unable to find a hole in the defense on the final play of the half. Dunn rushed for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half of play.

“They were killing us with their quarterback number 15,” said Beckwith. “He’s a heck of a football player and we knew that going into it. But, when you’re out here on the field it’s a totally different speed, it’s a totally different ball game. He’s the real deal.”

Monona Grove was able to make some defensive adjustments at the half and put an end to the open lanes Dunn was finding in the first half.

“The defense knew they gave up some points and were going to have to come out and bear down in the 2nd half for us to win this game,” said Young. “We didn’t have a complete game today. 21 points isn’t what we want to see on the scoreboard, but all that matters is the second half we came to play.”

Monona Grove shut down Dunn, giving up just 16 yards on the ground in the second half. Young would also add touchdown runs of 9-yards and 5-yards in the second half of the game to go along with his 49-yard touchdown run to open the second half.

The Iowa commit, Young now has 1,036 yards and 12 touchdowns through five games this season. His previous season high in rushing yards was 266 in Monona Grove’s opening game against Mount Horeb/Barneveld.