VALDOSTA -- Madison County has rolled through its first six games, winning each one in impressive fashion.

But the Cowboys know it won't mean much if they don't win their next two.

Madison, 6-0 and No. 1 in Class 2A, plays its District 2-2A games the next two weeks. Tonight, they travel to Perry for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with Taylor County.

If Madison beats Taylor tonight and No. 5 Wakulla next week, they'll be the district's top seed in the playoffs, and would not play another road game until the state championship game at Gainesville's Ben Hill Griffith Stadium.

"These are our two most important games," Madison head coach Frankie Carroll said. "Our players know the next two weeks can make or break you."

Madison has not lost a district game since 1995, a streak they are favored to continue this year.

Taylor may be just 2-4, but Carroll has his concerns about the Bulldogs.

"They've got a good running back (Legarrett Blount), one of the best in the state," Carroll said. "They've got a good quarterback (Marquis Ellis) and a good receiver (Sebastian Ingram). They can whip us if we're not ready. They usually play us tough.

"We've got to go down there. That's a tough place to play. They've got a hospital on one side of the stadium and a graveyard on the other."

Last week, Madison got 245 rushing yards and two touchdowns from star fullback Desmond Gee in a 27-13 victory over Tallahassee Lincoln. Madison continued its streak of holding its opponent to negative rushing yards, holding Lincoln to -18.


In Jasper, Hamilton County now knows it won't be going to the playoffs. But the Trojans still plan on winning some football games to close out the season.

Hamilton hosts Gainesville's P.K. Yonge at 7:30 p.m. today.

In a three-team district, your playoff fate essentially comes down to two regular season games. Hamilton lost their two district games by a combined five points, 21-20 to Jacksonville Episcopal and 18-14 last week to Tallahassee Florida High. So now its final two games will have to serve as its playoffs.

Hamilton may not have beaten Florida State's developmental school (Florida High), but they hope to take out their frustrations on the University of Florida's developmental school, P.K. Yonge.

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