MADISON – Brady Peet has said he has marked Madison’s game on his calendar since the end of the 2020 season.
“I’ve been to the gym every day since then thinking ‘Beat Madison, Beat Madison’,” said Peet after leading Geneva to a 37-20 opening week win over their neighborhood rivals. “It’s been drilled into our heads since we were in the Midget League.”
Peet scored four touchdowns against the Blue Streaks, including the first three of the game. The 6-foot-0 senior totaled 102 yards on 15 carries.
“I scored four [touchdowns] in a JV game my first year, ”said Peet, recalling the only other time he had reached this milestone. “It was hands down the best game I have ever played at university level.”
His biggest game, however, came early in the fourth quarter after Madison reduced a 30-7 deficit to 30-20 with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Madison’s sophomore Carson Alley led the charge, scoring two touchdowns. The first was on a 20-yard reverse pass from senior quarterback Michael O’Brien at the end of the 3rd quarter. The other was a 4-yard run at the start of the 4th quarter.
With the home crowd cheering for the potential comeback, Peet had other ideas. In the ensuing kickoff, Peet threw a deep kickoff and sent it back 88 yards for a touchdown, opening the game.
“Honestly, I thought they were going to kick the inside out, but it was our hands team where we have a deep guy and that was me,” said Peet. “He kicked, it was a pretty decent kick and I just picked it up and saw an opening.”
Geneva coach Chip Sorber praised the game of his elder brother.
“Brady did a really good job on both sides of the ball,” Sorber said of Peet, who also played linebacker. “He’s stepped up and played like the oldest he is and the captain he is.”
Geneva came out strong from the gate early in the game, rushing for 130 yards in the first quarter. Peet scored two touchdowns during the quarter on 53 and six yard carries.
Peet then posted another 6-yard run early in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 20-0 lead with 8:46 remaining at halftime.
In total, Geneva gained 325 yards overnight, 279 on the ground.
Despite the rough start, Madison coach Mike Gilligan liked what he saw from his young squad and was quick to congratulate his opponent.
“Our kids settled in, fought and they competed until the end,” said Gilligan. “Hats off to Geneva. Chip has a good program.
Both teams are due to play next Friday.
The Eagles host Collinwood and the Blue Streaks play Lakeside.