Madison Heights Madison running back Makai Johnson carries the ball against Madison Heights Lamphere Oct. 20. With a 42-14 win, the Eagles went 9-0 during the regular season. Eagles' 42-14 win

Madison Heights Madison running back Makai Johnson carries the ball against Madison Heights Lamphere Oct. 20. With a 42-14 win, the Eagles went 9-0 during the regular season. Eagles' 42-14 win

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Madison Heights Madison beats rival Lamphere to complete undefeated regular season

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published October 20, 2017

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Madison’s football team finished the regular-season portion of its schedule undefeated, as the Eagles beat rival Madison Heights Lamphere 42-14 Oct. 20 at Madison.

With the win, the Eagles finished the regular season at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

After going winless last season, Lamphere concluded its regular season at 5-4 overall and 4-0 in the MAC Bronze.

District playoff matchups will be announced Sunday.

Madison coach James Rogers has been on both sides of the rivalry, as he is a former player for Lamphere.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Rogers said of what it’s like to coach against Lamphere. “I grew up on the south side. I’m a Madison Heights kid. I went to Wilkinson (Middle School); I went to Edison (Elementary School). I just ended up going to high school over there. This is still home for me, but I got respect for Lamphere. I’m glad they’re turning that program around. When both schools are doing good, it’s great for our city, great for our community.”

Although it takes six victories to automatically qualify for the playoffs, teams with five wins can be selected.

Lamphere coach Jeff Glynn hopes his team’s game against Madison wasn’t the last of the season.

“Hopefully, it’s not over with,” he said. “As of right now it looks like we’re projected to be getting in at five wins, which is kind of a surprise to some people. Hopefully, we get some help with some other teams.”

After Lamphere trimmed Madison’s lead to 14-7 in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run from tailback James Grams, the Eagles went on to score 28 unanswered points to help seal the victory and give the program its ninth consecutive win in the rivalry series.

The final touchdown of the game came via a 4-yard run from Grams in the fourth.

Madison led 14-0 after the first two quarters of play, with its touchdowns coming on a pass from quarterback Austin Brown to receiver Zyaire Croskey that resulted in a 72-yard scoring play in the first, and a 9-yard run by Brown in the second.

In the third, the Eagles scored on a 17-yard touchdown run from Makai Johnson, and led 21-7 going into the last quarter of play.

In the fourth, Madison scored via a pass from Brown to receiver J’Quan Jones, and on runs from Khyron Parker-Franklin and Demetric Knight.

Senior Desmond Herring is pleased that  Madison accomplished two feats with its win.

“It’s a great feeling because (we’re) 9-0 and its our rival school,” he said. “Been talking going back and forth all week. I’m happy we could finish it out 9-0. “

Brown completed 16 of 22 passes and finished with 243 passing yards.

The game was Madison’s fifth annual “pink out,” with all proceeds benefiting pinkfund.org, which according to its web site, provides 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatments for breast cancer.

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