Madison’s defense held Meridian to two first downs in the first half, and the Warriors didn’t cross midfield until the second half in a 31-8 loss Thursday in Rexburg in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.
Madison (8-2) advances to face Capital (8-1) at Dona Larsen Park next week in the quarterfinals, while Meridian’s season ends at 4-6.
Madison put 14 points on the board over the game’s opening 3 ½ minutes and made it stand. The Warriors got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter on a 40-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Nate Weddle to Brady Walling, but the Bobcats used ball-control offense to limit Meridian to just three second half possessions.
DECLO 57, NAMPA CHRISTIAN 6: The Hornets ran out to a 50-0 lead to advance to the 2A quarterfinals and end Nampa Christian’s season at 4-5.