A defensive struggle was expected and that’s what occurred March 26 when the visiting and undefeated Madison Warhawks topped the Chantilly Chargers, 10-3, in a high-school football showdown for first place in the Concorde District.
The teams entered the game with identical 4-0, 3-0 records.
In their victory, the Warhawks (5-0, 4-0) allowed Chantilly (4-1, 3-1) to reach their territory only a couple of times. The last occasion came when a pass into the end zone was not completed on the game’s final play.
Madison, which had good field position the entire game, won despite gaining just 142 total yards, led by the rushing yards of runningback Alex Jreige, who also caught two passes. He scored the Warhawks’ lone touchdown on a six-yard pass from Connor Barry in the first quarter.
A two-point conversion catch by Dylan Wilkinson gave Madison an 8-0 lead. The advantage swelled to 10-0 a short time later when Wilkinson made a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
John Klein and John Hurley were other top runners for Madison.
Helped by a roughing-the-punter penalty, Chantilly made a field goal on the last play of the first half, cutting the lead to 10-3.
Wilkinson, Chris Blanda, Nick Ceynowa, Ryan Salvosa and Austin Wysocki were among Madison’s top tacklers and play makers on defense.