BELLVILLE — The game plan was to get the ball to Tyrell Ajian, and the Madison Rams did not falter in the execution of that plan.
Madison junior quarterback hooked up with the highly recruited Ajian for four touchdowns en route to a 33-13 win at Clear Fork in an Ohio Cardinal Conference victory.
“He’s an All-American and I’ve never had an All-American,” Madison coach Jamie Masi said of his standout junior. “When you get into position to get it to an All-American, you get it to him.”
Ajian and Vail connected on a 55-yard double reverse razzle-dazle play on the second play of the game and they were just warming up. In the second quarter, Vail tossed a high fade to Ajian in the end zone for a TD, then three minutes later Ajian caught a jump ball in the end zone, ripping it from the Clear Fork defensive back before he landed for a third score.
A 52-yard TD catch-and-run in the fourth quarter put the Rams (4-3, 3-1 OCC) up 33-7.
“We’ve got some explosive players that can go down field,” Masi said, adding that they’ve primarily used Ajian in screens and wildcat formations. “We talked a little today in my office and talked about getting (Ajian) in the deep game. We haven’t hit him as much in the past.”
Ajian ended up with nine catches for 173 yards, as Vail was 12 of 18 for 201 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
“We know he’s an extremely blessed athlete. When a kid like that gets separation, he’s going to go. He’s probably the fastest player in the OCC,” Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll said.
Madison took advantage of a pair of shanked Clear Fork punts in the first half. The Rams were set up on the CF 35 and 30 both times and scored on a combined seven plays.
The Colts (3-5, 0-4 OCC) are largely a junior varsity team in makeup and experience playing on Friday nights, but Carroll is seeing progress.
“Last year we got obliterated by Wooster and got obliterated by Madison. I know that’s no solace for the fans, but we are getting better,” Carroll said. “They’re hanging in there, and we will get our rewards. It might not be this year. It is coming. If you work your butt off and do what’s right, they’re becoming better men and people. If they stick with it, they’ll get their rewards.
Madison junior running back Gavin Ward sat out with an injured knee, but in his place Kanyon Tackett ran 13 times for 63 yards … Ward is expected to return next week, according to Masi … Madison had 14 first downs and 313 total yards, while Clear Fork had 16 first downs and 277 total yards … Clear Fork sophomore QB Thomas Staab threw for 106 yards and ran for 94, while freshman tight end Mitch Dulin caught a 24 yard TD pass and sophomore Jacob Lowe had three catches for 57 yards and an 11-yard TD reception … Staab was 7 of 17 with an interception to go with his two TDs.