Plains, London look to improve to 2-0

By Chris Miles -

It was about as humbling of a defeat as a team could suffer.

A year ago at this time the Madison-Plains football team had earned a victory in its opener and entered its Week 2 tilt with Jamestown Greeneview beaming with confidence. What the Golden Eagles left with was a severely bruised ego, following a 76-20 defeat at the hand of the Rams.

“We got destroyed by a great football team,” Plains coach Jason Hunt said. “There’s no other way to describe it.”

Fast forward to 2015 and the Golden Eagles, fresh off a 40-0 shutout of Cedarville in the opener, enter a match up with visiting Greeneview (0-1) Friday at 7 p.m. at Plains again riding high, but this time much more cautious of what lies ahead.

“Jamestown is a very good team,” Hunt said. “They were a great team last year. But like us they graduated a lot of guys. They’re big upfront, they’ve got good skill players and they’re breaking in a new quarterback.

“If you want to get to 2-0 you’ve got to win the first one and we did that. But we know we’re going to have to play a lot better this week if we want to beat Jamestown.”

After a slow start Madison-Plains (1-0) was able to get its offense going last week, with plenty of contributions from a number of different sources. In order to get a win this week, the offense by committee formula will have to continue.

“I thought we got our legs on offense last week and our defense was pretty good,” Hunt said.

The coach however won’t let his team forget about what happened a year ago.

“We brought it up,” Hunt said. “It’s the first things we talked about this week. We did point out the positives. Even though we gave up 76 points, we had more than 500 yards of offense which is very good.”

Greenon (0-1) at London (1-0), 7 p.m.

The Red Raiders (1-0) have a grand total of five games in their last 21 outings, but two of those have come over Friday evening’s opponent Greenon. London will kickoff against the Knights starting at 7 p.m.

Coach Kyle Cutler’s squad was dominant at times during the season opening win at Urbana. If the team can continue to do that against a Greenon team that fell 68-12 in Week 1 to Springfield Catholic Central, a 2-0 start could be at hand.

London ran the ball well behind an improved offensive line last week. Running back Michael Johnson racked up 284 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

By Chris Miles