Austin Brown leads Madison to a rout of previously unbeaten Farmington
MADISON HEIGHTS — Steaks are on Austin Brown this weekend, according to Madison Heights Madison coach James Rogers.
Or maybe seafood is more appropriate given the amount of water both teams dealt with on Friday night.
Brown scored all four touchdowns as the Eagles stayed unbeaten with a 28-6 rout of Farmington on Friday night in a game where many plays were snuffed out by the wet conditions.
The quarterback finished with 171 yards on 25 carries on a night the teams combined for 33 passing yards.
“He knew what his role was the whole season, and every week he steps up even more and more to the plate,” said Rogers, the former Lamphere star and four-year player at Michigan. “But I just explained that Austin has to owe those guys a steak dinner because those guys executed their blocking schemes to the ’T’ this week.”
Madison moved to 6-0 with its eyes on Ford Field after falling one win short of the Division 7 state championship game last season.
Meanwhile, Farmington (5-1) dropped the opening kickoff, setting up bad opening field position in what proved to be an omen for what was to come.
Bad snaps for Madison in the shotgun thwarted its first drive, too, but center Max Burk adjusted by ditching the gloves the rest of the way, mostly cleaning up the exchanges.
Brown, who is committed to play baseball at Marshall and hopes to walk-on the football team, opened the scoring on the second possession with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Madison line took on the responsibility of Farmington linebacker Jordan Turner, the 15th-ranked junior prospect statewide in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Jordan, who reportedly has Big Ten scholarship offers from Maryland and Rutgers and in-state offers from Central and Western Michigan, was largely stifled by Brown’s run-pass option plays and a physical line.
“The crazy thing is they are all young, they are all juniors coming back,” Brown said of his line. “They all grew up a lot over the summer and without them, I wouldn’t have gotten anything tonight.”
Farmington had a player fall at the 3-yard line after catching the ensuing kickoff. A few plays later, including two more falls untouched, and the Falcons kicked a 14-yard punt.
The special teams woes continued as the snap went through the punter’s hands on the next attempt, going Madison the ball on the 2-yard line.
That set up Brown’s second touchdown, a 1-yard effort.
Farmington did respond, as Nolan Mohr intercepted Brown off a tipped ball on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
Farmington senior quarterback Anthony Reaves crossed midfield for the first time with a 47-yard run, eventually setting up his 5-yard touchdown pass to Jordan, who corralled the pass with one hand on the run with the sideline nearing to make it 14-6.
Madison responded with a 80-yard drive that was finished off with a 23-yard score by Brown.
Brown added a 12-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to close the scoring for Madison, which was boosted by 92 yards on 13 carries by running back Khyron Franklin.
Farmington had 30 yards of offense in the first half and finished with 133.
“Rain is rain and we can’t control it,” Farmington coach Kory Cioroch said. “I just didn’t think we reacted very well when it happened. Yeah, the elements were ugly, but they had to go through the elements too and they seemed to handle it a little bit better than us. It is what it is.
The coach said the loss could refocus his Falcons in preparation for next week’s home game against North Farmington as Oakland Activities Association Blue competition continues.
“I think we needed this a little bit, I really do,” Cioroch said. “We gave ourselves the opportunity to play in a big game and we lost one. Now we’re back to drawing board and what this football team is going to become is about how they react to today.”
Madison returns to Macomb Area Conference Silver Division play next week hosting St. Clair Shores South Lake.
“I want it bad this year,” said Brown, who played his first two seasons at Novi Detroit Catholic Central before coming home to Madison last season. “It’s my last year. I don’t know if football is guaranteed after high school and I really want it.
“I’m outworking everyone and their brother. And I knew that once I put it on the field and start running the ball it was going to be over.”