Madison Heights Madison quarterback Austin Brown carries the ball during a Division 7 regional final against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Nov. 10 at home. Brown was selected as the Associated Press Division 7-8 Player of the Year.

Madison Heights Madison quarterback Austin Brown carries the ball during a Division 7 regional final against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Nov. 10 at home. Brown was selected as the Associated Press Division 7-8 Player of the Year.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Madison football coach looks back on run to semifinal

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published November 28, 2017

 Madison Heights Madison senior J’Quan Jones carries the ball into the end zone during a Division 7 district final against Riverview Gabriel Richard Nov. 3 at home. The Eagles’ season ended with a 14-7 loss to Saugatuck High Nov. 18 in a D-7 state semifinal.

Madison Heights Madison senior J’Quan Jones carries the ball into the end zone during a Division 7 district final against Riverview Gabriel Richard Nov. 3 at home. The Eagles’ season ended with a 14-7 loss to Saugatuck High Nov. 18 in a D-7 state semifinal.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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One of the best seasons Madison Heights Madison’s football program has ever had ended with a 14-7 loss to Saugatuck High Nov. 18 in a Division 7 state semifinal at Lansing Catholic.

The Eagles finished the year at 12-1.

Madison scored over 40 points five times during the season and averaged more than 31 points per game. But when the Eagles took on Saugatuck, it was on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and coach James Rogers thinks the conditions affected his team.

“I think the weather played a big factor, especially with our high-powered offense (and) with our speed,” Rogers said. “The weather slowed us down. … Our offense, with the rain and the wind blowing that way, it was really hard to get our passing attack going.”

Madison’s season accomplishments included qualifying for the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season and winning the program’s sixth consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division championship, going 5-0 in divisional play.

Madison has had a winning tradition for a long time, and this season was no exception.

“I think it’s a very accomplished season for us,” Rogers said. “It’s only (the) third time in school history that we made it to the semifinals. I do think we fell short. We had planned — and had the talent — to go further.”

While Rogers expressed gratitude for the program’s senior class, which included more than 15 players, he also turned some of his attention to players who are expected to suit up for Madison again next season.

“Moving into next year, I think our junior class is (going to) be very talented,” he said. “I think our JV team had a very good program this year, too. We still have high expectations for next season. … We have our quarterback (Austin Brown) coming back. We’re also returning four starting (offensive) linemen; we’re returning three defensive linemen.”

Brown was selected as the Associated Press Division 7-8 Player of the Year.

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