Saturday, November 3, 2018

Grossmont stuns Madison 44-42 in wild playoff bout

CLAIREMONT (11/02/2018) Junior quarterback Jaime Odom was responsible for five Grossmont touchdowns as the 11-seeded Foothillers (4-7) overcame a strong second half rally from the No. 6 seed Madison Warhawks (6-5) in the first round of the Division I Playoffs.

Odom took a quarterback keeper up the middle for a 32-yard score to give Grossmont a 31-7 lead late in the first half, but Madison found the end zone when Daniel Stokes connected on a 25-yard touchdown strike to Ke'ontae Springs as time expired at the half.

The momentum carried on to the third quarter as Springs and Stokes sparked a second half come-back run with rushing touchdowns. After a 24-yard score by Springs, Stokes exploded for 84 yards to cut the Foothillers lead to 31-28.

Stokes totaled four touchdowns this game, including a 50-yard scamper that gave the Warhawks a 42-38 lead with under three minutes left to play.

Starting from their own 30-yard line, Odom lead the Grossmont offense to a hard fought drive that ended with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Brody Schicker, that would eventually be the game-winner.

As Madison attempted a game-winning drive of their own, the stadium lights suddenly shut off and delayed the game for 25 minutes.

When the lights returned, the Warhawks put themselves in a position for a 38-yard field goal attempt, but the kick barley missed to the left as time expired on the game clock.

We talked to Odom and head coach Tom Karlo after the game to get their reactions as they get set for a second round meeting with the Helix Highlanders.

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