It has been a while since Madison Southern won a football game on the road.
The Eagles picked the perfect time to change that, picking up a huge district victory Friday against North Laurel in London.
Coty Russell rushed for around 200 yards and the Eagles turned to the defense at the end to stop the Jaguars during a 35-31 triumph.
Southern (2-6, 1-3) held a halftime lead for the first time this season and won their first road game since a 30-27 victory at Williamsburg on Sept. 28, 2007.
“We got over the hump,” Southern coach Jon Clark said. “We pulled it out. That’s what we needed.”
The Eagles, playing without leading rusher Damien Harris, led 14-12 at halftime.
Harris was injured in last week’s game.
“We handled it really well,” Clark said of holding a lead at the break. “It was kind of like sharks feeding. They sensed a little blood in the water and went for it in the second half. We knew we had to close it.”
The game went back and forth in the second half, with the Eagles getting the ball at their own 15-yard line trailing 31-28 with 3:43 remaining in the game.
Southern pushed the ball down the field, scoring with 1:40 remaining.
The Eagles held the Jaguars at the end, thanks to an interception by Alex Layne.
“All around it was a very good game by our team,” Clark said. “A lot of games the defense played well and the offense didn’t, or the offense played well and the defense didn’t. Tonight, the offense moved the ball and the defense stopped them when we needed a stop.”
Adam Simpson ran for a touchdown, passed to Devante Linville for a touchdown and received a touchdown pass from Linville.
Clark said that despite it being North Laurel’s Homecoming, the crowd was filled with Southern fans.
“It felt like a home game,” he said. “Thanks to our fans for coming out.”
Southern returns home this week to play South Laurel.