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High School Soccer: Chaminade Madonna, University School

Chaminade runner-Madonna Thaddius Franklin took the transfer early in the fourth quarter and ran down the right lateral line.

He passed a group of defenders of the University School and before knowing that he was in the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown

The running clock was on, full domination.

Behind the 279 rushing yards of Franklin and two touchdowns, as well as a couple of touchdown catches by John Dunmore and a stifling defense, Chaminade-Madonna closed the campus of the University School 35-0 on Friday night at the end of the regular season of both teams. .

"It was a great game for us," said Franklin, a second-year student committed to the Miami hurricanes. "We practiced hard all week, it was paid."

It was another great victory to defend the Class 3A state champion, Chaminade-Madonna (8-2), as she prepares for another postseason.The Lions also defeated the powerful power of Alabama Muscle Shoals, Piper, Booker T. Washington and Doral Academy this year.

They also gave the University School (9 -1) a dose of reality. The Sharks had put a clock on each opponent this season, albeit against a weaker schedule.

Chaminade-Madonna made a grand entrance 10 minutes before the game, ran to the campus of the University School through a cloud of smoke and ran rampant in the midfield.

It did not take long for that intensity to appear on the field, with Chaminade-Madonna jumping to a 24-0 halftime lead, scoring in four of his first five possessions.

The Lions opened by scoring 98 yards on the field in 11 plays, topped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Franklin at the start of the second quarter. A 27-yard field goal following an interception by Cameron Wiliams made it 10-0 before quarterback Daelen Menard sent a pair of touchdowns to Dunmore of 31 and 8 yards. Dunmore's first touchdown, set by a blocked punt, came when he had simultaneous possession with cornerback Xavien Flowers University School.

Another field goal of 27 yards at the beginning of the third quarter and Franklin's 64-yard touchdown run with 11:05 left forced the clock to run.

The defense played an important role in the success of the offense, intercepting three passes from the quarterback of the University School Nick Vattiato, which led to 14 of the points of Chaminade-Madonna.

Both teams now turn their attention to the state playoff. Chaminade-Madonna, the No. 1 team in Class 3A, and the University School, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, will have a first round of rest before receiving the regional semifinals on November 16.

"[The win] feels good, but we have to have short-term memory," said Dunmore, a commission from Penn State. "It's next week, get ready to grind."

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