The Madison Bulldogs (1-6 overall) are set to take on the Vermillion Tanagers (2-5 overall) at the Dan Beacom Track Complex.
Madison captured their first win last week and they’ll have to keep it rolling. They need to win these last two weeks if they want to give themselves a chance to make the playoffs. They’ll be facing a Vermillion team that is fighting for their chance at playoffs as well.
The Tanagers have a pair of wins on the season. First against Milbank and the latest against Custer a few weeks ago. Fortunately for Madison, this is a team that allows almost twice as many points as they score. Similar to Madison, they’ve only scored 20+ points once. Both teams did so against Milbank.
Though this is still a team who can pose problems. They have a solid quarterback who may be better at throwing on the run than he is in the pocket. They also have an agile running back who is shifty in space and is prone for a breakaway if the lane is there with his speed. They’ll want to establish a run game if they want to stand a chance against Madison, who has a total of 12 interceptions, half of which going to Andrew Comes.
The Bulldogs come into the game with a pair of players with 80+ tackles in Jordan Pederson and Eli Barger. A defense that has gradually improved this year, it has 12 INTs and nearly matching in sacks with 10. They allow less than 150 yards through the air (145.8) and under 230 (227.8) in total rush yards.
Madison’s offense scored enough points to capture the win last week, but still managed to turn the ball over. Cohen Hahn the quarterback now for the Bulldogs with Ben Brooks out and if they want to see the postseason, they’ll need to clean it up on offense. They have the weapons and Hahn is a solid quarterback that can help manage the game and goes through his reads. The rush game will need to help them out though, which is another place Brooks helped out at. They average just 90.6 yards rushing.
The kickoff is set for 7pm tonight with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm on AM 1390 Dakotas Best.