For the first time since 2017, the Madison Southern football team earned back-to-back wins after topping Danville in the second game of the Doc Sipple Bowl on Friday, 42-27.
The Eagles (2-3) came into the game fresh off a win over cross-county rival Madison Central and used a similar rushing attack to shred Danville's (1-3) defense in the first half.
"Their defense is the same as Central's, so we kind of knew what was coming and how to deal with it," Southern quarterback Tobias Storm said.
The Eagles shined.
"We feel like we can be versatile on offense this year. We are young at skilled positions. Its taking us longer to open it up, but we are starting to open it up and we played fast tonight," Southern coach Jon Clark said.
After collecting four touchdowns last week in Richmond, the quarterback put in another impressive performance on Friday in Berea.
The senior threw for 76 yards and had one touchdown, while adding 88 yards rushing with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Eagles went on top early in the first quarter after Cameron Holbrook carried for 10 yards for a touchdown.
Baylor Willis added the extra point to put Southern up 7-0 over the Admirals.
However, Danville answered with a touchdown of its own when Caleb Burns rushed for 13 yards to tie the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Southern took control once again.
Storm connected with Walt Smith on a 30-yard pass for a big first down to begin the drive.
AJ Jones carried it across the goal line to give the Eagles back the lead, 14-7.
With 7:27 left till halftime, Broc Parmer caught 31-yard touchdown pass to expand the Eagles' lead 20-7.
Danville fought back and scored on a 10-yard carry to cut into the Eagles lead, 20-14.
Then the Eagles got creative on a fourth down.
Southern's sideline called a trick play and converted a fake punt, which resulted in a 27-yard rush from Smith to give the Eagles a fresh set of downs.
Storm answered three plays later with a rushing touchdown and Jayshaun Etheridge got the two-point conversion to keep the Eagles ahead.
Southern took a 28-14 lead at halftime.
After Danville turned it over on downs in the third quarter, Jones scored his second touchdown of the night with a 38-yard carry to put Southern ahead 35-14.
The Eagles couldn't get their offense going again in the start of the fourth quarter and turned it over on downs.
However, Smith quickly gave possession back to Southern when he intercepted the ball at Danville's 30-yard line.
Storm racked up his second touchdown of the night minutes later to expand the Eagle's lead 42-14.
Danville didn't quit and scored back-to-back touchdowns in the last five minutes of regulation, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit.
After being burned earlier in the season with late-game scoring by their opponents, Southern will look to continue to apply pressure in the fourth quarter.
"It feels like we see the scoreboard and we feel like the game is over. That's three weeks in a row and we need to work on finishing games," Clark said. "I'm pleased overall with how they played. We just have to keep getting better."
The Eagles will face Pulaski County next in Somerset on Friday.