Madison headed for the state title soccer game

With an undefeated Class 6 tournament team conquered, the Madison Warhawks must outdo another with a perfect record to win their first Virginia High School League state football championship.

Madison (11-3) never fell behind as it defeated the previously undefeated and hosts Fairfax Lions, 31-21, Dec. 3 in a Class 6 semifinal. Fairfax went into the game 13-0 and have averaged 47.3 points in their last three playoff games.

Next, Madison meets the Freedom-Woodbridge Eagles (14-0) in the Class 6 title contest on December 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Old Dominion University. Freedom is averaging 66 points per game, scoring 112 in one regular-season contest and 77 in another, and has ruled out six opponents.

Madison lost in last year’s state finals.

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Against Fairfax, Madison, who lost their first three games of the season and has now won 11 straight games, won the high-scoring Lions with a total of 344-326 yards. Fairfax injured himself with three turnovers, one of which resulted in a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown, missed a field goal, and was unsuccessful on a fake field goal attempt inside Madison’s 10-yard line.

“Fairfax is a really good team and they have a lot of players that go both ways,” said Madison coach Justin Counts. “We tried playing with them physically, hoping to wear them down a bit. Our focus on defense was to put pressure on them and make them deserve everything. At Madison, our team prides itself on strong defense.”

The strong Fairfax offense totaled just 131 yards in the first half and running back Tony Rojas, who had more than 2,000 yards in rushing this season, gained just 50 in the first two periods. He found more space in the second half, ended down with 170 and ran for all three Fairfax touchdowns.

Madison led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, led 17-0, then 17-7 at halftime and 24-14 after three periods.

Madison’s senior defenseman Michael Delgado had an interception and caused and recovered to spark the Warhawks’ defense.

“It’s the kind of football we like to play. Put both teams in a phone booth, play physical and see what happens,” Delgado said.

Madison’s ball control, as well as his physical offense, was led by 154 yards rushing, including a 12-yard scoring run by Angelo Jreige in the fourth quarter. Dominic Knicely also rushed for 13 yards; Cord Yates had five catches for 124 yards; Quarterback Mac Lewis was 11 of 18 passing 175 yards; and Jreige, Darren Knicely, Nolan Wilbricht, Roger Stone, Sonny Endicott and Alex Carlson all caught passes.

One of Yates’ catches was a 61-yard touchdown pass on a flanker screen.

Leading Madison’s offensive line, which opened holes for the game in progress and kept Lewis from getting sacked, were center Ari Rosenberg, Owen Cass, Tanner Hall, Blake Snider, Nolan Farley and Wilbricht and Stone.

The Warhawks survived two turnovers, both from interceptions.

The other goal for Madison came from a 31-yard field goal and four extra points from Arguri Hartman, a 9-yard pass from Lewis to Sonny Endicott, and Kevin Chadwick’s 40-yard interception return.

Madison’s Orion Luera had one punt for 63 yards and one for 51 yards.

On defense for Madison, Chadwick, Delgado (one pass separation), Luera, Jack Green, Eric Anderson, Eli Novario, Matthew Remy. Luke Jarvis and Grant McVicker were among the top tacklers.

“We tackled, played our positions and had a good chase for Rojas and the ball,” Anderson said. “He broke a few but we tried to stop him at the line or behind the line and not let him start.”

REMARKS: Madison is in the state playoffs for the third consecutive year, fifth in program history, and playing in the state finals for the second time. . . The Warhawks’ postseason overall record for three consecutive campaigns, including state and regional competitions, is 10-2, 4-0 this fall. . Jreige’s leadership in Madison’s four playoff games was a big reason for the Warhawks’ success. The senior has 479 yards on the ground and has five touchdowns, at least one in each game. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in the last three competitions. He was drawn early in a 56-6 first-round win over Washington-Liberty or would likely have passed the 100-yard mark in that contest as well. Jreige has rushed nearly 1,500 yards in 14 events so far this season. Lewis was also productive at the quarterback positions in four postseason games. The senior has thrown for 529 yards and seven touchdowns. Lewis also accurately pitched the ball to multiple receivers. He completed 31 of 52 passes in those four outings to the state of fi

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