MADILL — Paten Bond had 25 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns and was 9-of-13 through the air for 180 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Madill to a 41-13 win over the Dickson Comets Friday night at Alumni Field.
Bond had all he could handle from the Dickson defense, who managed to slow down the gifted senior for short periods. However, they could not keep Bond and the Wildcat offense off the scoreboard for long.
On its second possession, despite four procedure calls against them, Madill took a lead it would not relinquish. Bond scored on a 6-yard run to cap a 52-yard drive.
On the first play of the second quarter, Bond scored on a 1-yard run to finish off a 9-play, 95-yard drive to make it a 14-0 game. After the Wildcat defense forced a three-and-out, Madill had the ball at its 48-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Bond hit Gereall Jordan in stride with a toss, and Jordan took it the rest of the way 52 yards for the score and a 21-0 Wildcat lead.
The final Madill possession of the first half was a statement-drive that consumed more than six minutes and took 13 plays. Bond hit Joe Avery with an 11-yard scoring pass to put the Wildcats up 27-0 with 21 ticks left before intermission.
"When Paten is in a zone like he was most of this game, he's hard to stop," Madill coach Milton Cooper said. "He was a little off with his passes early, but he settled down and got on-target later on. We have to have him playing well."
Madill (6-0, 3-0 District 3A-4), ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, used the opening drive of the second half to make another statement. The Wildcats continued their dominance up front and moved 59 yards in nine plays to take a 34-0 lead.
Bond scored on an 8-yard run around left end.
"Madill is a very good football team, and Bond is a great player," Dickson coach Jeremy Reed said. "Their scheme is tough to defend against because their height and weight up front keeps you from getting a good look at the quarterback."
Dickson (4-1, 1-2), scored on its second possession in the third. A 47-yard pass from quarterback Chris Bamburg to Tyler Peoples pushed the ball to the Wildcats' 19-yard line.
On the next play, Bamburg hit Drake Haggard, who outwrestled a slew of Madill defenders in the front of the end zone, for the catch and a touchdown.
Bamburg had a solid night passing, going 14-of-22 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. His passing performance was important given the Comets could manage just 68 rushing yards on 29 carries against the smothering Wildcat defense.
"We competed hard, but penalties hurt us, and we were unable to grind things out with our ground game as we would have preferred," Reed said.
A 9-yard touchdown run by Bond on the third play of the fourth made it a 41-7 game. For the second week in a row, the Comets got on the board on the game's final play. Bamburg hit Brent Shelton with a 10-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock for the game's final score.