MADISON — Austin Chipman rushed for a career high 214 yards and three touchdowns to pace Nokomis to it’s second straight win, 38-22 over Madison, Friday night in a Pine Tree Conference Class B football season finale for both teams.

Nokomis (2-6), which broke a two-year losing streak last week by beating Camden Hills, 22-7, scored 24 straight points in the second half to claim the win. Madison finishes the season at 2-6.

“We were a little shaky at the beginning of the game,” Chipman said. “When everyone calmed down and relaxed, I ended up getting some great blocking from our offensive line.”

Trailing 14-8 at halftime, Madison found its offense in running back Stephen Day, who finished with 163 yards on 16 carries. Day gave the Bulldogs the lead in the third quarter when he raced down the sideline for a 49-yard touchdown with 3:46 remaining.

Quarterback Stephen Cusson’s conversion pass to Matt Soucy left the Bulldogs owning a 16-14 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Chipman returned the ball to the Madison 44. His 36-yard return set the stage for a six-play drive which concluded with Jake Winslow catching a Nate Michaud 14-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone with 51.1 seconds left in the third quarter. Chipman added the conversion run for a 22-16 lead.

Nokomis received a quality effort from its defensive front line with Tucker Braley, Jake Nichols and Matt Girroir making big plays to help contain Madison’s offense. Braley put an end to Madison’s comeback hopes when he recovered a Bulldog fumble near midfield to open the fourth quarter.

“Our defense was outstanding for the second week in a row,” Braley said. “This is awesome to finish the season with a pair of wins.”

Following Braley’s fumble recovery, the Warriors marched down the field in 10 plays, with Noah Kershner racing in from the 18 with 7:02 left in the game. During the Nokomis drive, Chipman carried the ball six times for 29 yards, producing two Warrior first downs.

Chipman hit the 200-yard plateau on a 12-yard run late on the Warriors next possession after the Nokomis defense forced a second Madison fumble at the Nokomis 40. Three plays coupled with a Madison penalty left Chipman striking from the 12-yard line for the Warriors final touchdown with 5:13 left in the game.

Day gave the Bulldogs a final thrust of momentum, scoring on a 50-yard romp down the right sideline with 2:30 remaining.

Nokomis took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, with Chipman scoring both the Warriors touchdowns before Madison went to the airways with quarterback Stephen Cusson connecting with freshman Derek LeBlanc for a 26-yard touchdown with 45.9 seconds left in the first half.

LeBlanc made a sensational, over-the-shoulder, 45-yard catch to keep the drive alive and helping the Bulldogs rally from a deficit.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.