EAST HANOVER, NJ - On the backs of the Madison High School offensive line, the Dodgers swatted away the Hanover Park Hornets, 48-25, on Friday night in Hanover.
The young offensive front, that was rebuilt after last season due to graduation, powered the Madison offense to 412 rushing yards.
Dodger quarterback Carson Lassiter credited the win to the line because of how tough of a position it is to play.
"Playing offensive line for Coach (Chris) Kubik is a tough task, not many people can handle it," Dodgers quarterback Carson Lassiter said. "These guys stuck in there all preseason, two a days and they reall struck it out. They're young guys but they're playing like a bunch of veterans out there."
Madison had three players with at least 100 yards on the ground, including Rutgers recruit Justin Goodwin.
Goodwin rushed for 40 yards in the game's opening drive, including a 10-yard run to put the Dodgers up 7-0.
Hanover Park responded on their first offensive play of the game. Hornet quarterback Jimmy Sivolella hit wide receiver Jaquill Scott with a 15 yard pass that ended up as a 71 yard touchdown.
Leading by one after the Hornets missed an extra point, Madison put together a 66 yard drive that culminated in a 7-yard rushing touchdown from full back Shone Register, to put the Dodgers up 14-6.
Sivolella put Hanover Park within two points on a 7-yard run of his own, but the Hornets missed the two-point conversion try and found themselves trailing 14-12.
Madison added two touchdowns before the half ended on runs from Register and Lassiter to lead 28-12 at the break.
Hanover Park pulled within 10 points on their first play of the second half, when Sivolella threw an 81-yard touchdown pass but missed their second consecutive two-point conversion.
The Dodgers responded with a six play, 50 yard drive that culminated in Register's second of three touchdowns on the game to 35-18.
"We saw what he's all about today," Kubik said. "Whether he's blocking or whether he's carrying the ball, he's a physically tough kid. He gets after people, he enjoys both parts of the ball, in terms of blocking and running and that's what you want in your full back."
The senior full back finished the game with 131 yards and a game-high three touchdowns.
Lassiter sealed the victory with a 16 play, 91 yard drive where the quarterback ran for 62 yards and a touchdown over the span of 10 game minutes in the fourth quarter.
"Carson (Lassiter)'s a great, great runner," Kubik said. "He's underrated by a lot of people. Everyone thinks about (Justin Goodwin) and (Shone Register) but Carson's a great player and we saw it tonight."
Madison has next weekend off before they play at Hackettstown on Oct. 5.