PUYALLUP — When Grayson Madland and the Rogers football team’s offense finds a rhythm, it’s going to be a tough day for the opposing defense.
Bethel’s defense had one of those days.
Madland torched it to the tune of seven total touchdowns, 314 passing yards and 70 rushing yards as the Rams pulled away from a closely contested first half to capture a 48-28 4A SPSL South victory over the Braves on Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Madland threw for five touchdowns and ran for two more.
“We’ve got a great offense,” said Madland, who has thrown for 1,913 yards and 20 TDs in seven games this season. “It just depends on if we are clicking on all cylinders, and most nights, like tonight, we are.”
Rogers (4-3, 3-3 4A SPSL South) scored touchdowns on each of its four possessions in the first half.
Madland admitted he has noticed that he hasn’t received the recognition other SPSL quarterbacks such as Federal Way’s Keenan Curran and Puyallup’s Brendan Illies have, but that is the way he prefers it.
“I’m really working on my consistency. But I like being an under-the-radar-guy,” said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Madland.
Added Rogers coach Gene Bowen: “What we’ve known about (Madland) for a long time is the maturity, the leadership, the guys rally around him and the guy sees everything. Statistically there are guys better than him out there, but at this level, he is right up there with the best of them.”
Defense has been the Rams’ biggest problem, as the Braves (2-5, 2-4) rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a game that looked like it might come down to possession.
“We totally went to a different (defensive) alignment in the second half,” Bowen said. “All of the sudden those sweeps are now met with a guy right in their face.”