WINSLOW — Before Saturday’s homecoming game against Madison, the Winslow High School football team honored former coach and athletic director Harold “Tank” Violette, who died in August at the age of 77. Then, the Black Raiders went out and dominated the Bulldogs with a running game that Violette would have loved.

Using a no-huddle attack, Winslow ran at will on Saturday afternoon at Poulin Field. The Black Raiders gained 477 yards on the ground and took a 57-7 win over Madison.

Winslow improved to 4-0 in Big Ten Conference play while Madison fell to 2-2.

“You can’t candy-coat it. They came out and hit us in the mouth. We didn’t hit back. We got a little wide-eyed. Down here on Poulin Field, homecoming, state champions, I don’t know what it was,” Madison coach Scott Franzose said. “They’re a damn good football team and they played hard. We’re a damn good football team and we didn’t play hard today.”

The Black Raiders took control of this game early, scoring 30 points in the first quarter. Quarterback Jake Trask got it started with 9:03 left in the first with a 13-yard run. On Winslow’s next possession, fullback Kenny Rickard capped an eight-play, 63-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Winslow’s no-huddle approach caught the Bulldogs by surprise, Franzose said.

“It’s something I thought about during the week. Until you see it, you’ve got to prep for what they do. They run the wing-I and the pro-I very well. I thought that we got a good work week, but it caught us by surprise. What we had a hard time with was the unbalanced (offensive line). It was nothing we hadn’t seen before, we just had to adjust to it. We left gaps exposed, and they’re a tough football team and took advantage of it,” Franzose said.

Trask’s second touchdown of the first quarter, this time on a 9-yard run, pushed Winslow’s lead to 21-0. After the Black Raiders picked up a safety to make it 23-0, Nate St. Amand returned the free kick 49 yards to the Madison 6. On the next play, Rickard pushed his way into the end zone and Winslow led 30-0 with Ryan Gagnon’s extra point.

The no-huddle offense was something Winslow has been working on, Rickard, who ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns, said.

“We’ve been practicing it for a while. We just decided we should throw it in this week. It felt great. We were moving the ball. It was awesome,” Rickard said.

St. Amand led Winslow’s rushing attack with 213 yards on 22 carries, and his 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 37-0. Meanwhile, Madison’s spread offense sputtered early. The Bulldogs didn’t pick up a first down until a Winslow pass interference penalty on the first play of the second quarter. Winslow linebacker Alec Clark said the Black Raiders wanted to be aggressive right from the start and set the tone.

“To bring it, right at the beginning, to not give up, playing Raider football,” Clark said.

Added Rickard: “We were all filling gaps and making plays. Just making our reads, really, doing our assignments.”

Madison scored when Matt Curtis caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Chase Malloy late in the second quarter. Nick Morales led the Bulldogs with 53 yards rushing.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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