The Madison West football team is still working on the basics.
Oregon senior running backs Teague Szudy, Amir Warren and Austin Saunders all scored first-quarter touchdowns as the Oregon football team topped Madison West, 49-14, in a nonconference game Thursday, Aug. 26, in Oregon.
“One of the things that is important for us to realize is that two weeks ago kids in the city of Madison had not had football in almost two years,” West head coach Arturo Bonomie said. “I think as a coach and the head of the program, what is abundantly clear to me, is that unfortunately the general physical readiness of our athletes going into this year continues to be our biggest concern.
“General technique, fundamental football are the types of things that are difficult to implement unless you have practice time.”
The Panthers scored on their first two offensive plays from scrimmage with touchdown runs from Warren (61 yards) and Szudy (85 yards). Saunders found the end zone on Oregon’s third possession to make it 21-0.
On the night, the trio combined for six touchdowns, with each player scoring twice.
The Panthers (1-1) started with the ball at their own 39-yard line and on the first play from scrimmage, Warren burst up the middle for a 61-yard score.
It looked like the Regents (0-2) were about to head into the red zone and respond after a 30-yard run from Marcus Gordon got the ball to the Panther 4-yard line, but a holding penalty wiped out the play.
Oregon junior Simon Dosher ended up making Madison West pay for the penalty as the defensive back picked off a tipped pass to set up the Panthers on their own 15-yard line.
Then, it was Szudy’s turn to make a play.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound tailback broke free on Oregon’s first play of their second drive, taking it 85 yards to the house.
After a three-and-out by the Regents, it was time for Saunders to show off his skills.
A long pass from senior quarterback Drew Kessenich found senior wide receiver Henry Weink to set up the Panthers at the Regents’ 36-yard line.
Shortly after, the shifty Saunders found a hole and took it 24 yards to the end zone to make it 21-0 Oregon with 2:39 to play in the opening quarter.
Madison West got on the board after an Oregon fumble in the second quarter turned into a 5-yard rushing score from quarterback Danny Karofsky, cutting the deficit down to 21-8 with 6:58 to play until half.
Kessenich once again connected with Weink on a long pass play, eventually leading to the same result — a touchdown run from Saunders.
This time it was a 29-yard bolt on third-and-12 that made it 28-8 with 3:48 until half.
The Regents had an opportunity to grab some momentum heading into halftime, but a fourth-and-7 pass at the Panther 10-yard line sailed high.
“We managed to move the ball quite a bit, but we made mistakes,” Bonomie said.
Oregon went on to march 90 yards — capped off with a touchdown pass from a scrambling Kessenich to Warren from 26-yards out.
The late 14-point swing gave the Panthers a 34-8 lead at halftime.
It was much of the same in the second half as Szudy found the end zone on an 8-yard run with 9:02 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 42-8. Szudy ended with a game-high 117 rushing yards on 10 carries. As a team, the Panthers racked up 330 yards on the ground.
“Defensively, it was our second game and it shows,” Bonomie said. “We have a lot of new kids in new positions that are trying to learn.
“We got to do a much better job holding the edge, making sure we’re playing fundamental football. A lot of missed tackles and rookie mistakes.”
Karofsky tossed a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter to Cho Harding and Oregon capped off the scoring with another rushing TD shortly after.