The Salem Seminoles marched past a turnover-prone Madison County squad in Danielsville Friday to capture their first win of the season, 36-7.
The Red Raiders handed the visiting squad a gift on the first play of the game, fumbling the opening kickoff on their own 37. Salem (1-1) wasted little time making Madison County (0-2) pay as Ahmad Mitchell carried the ball in from five yards out. Damion Gordon converted on the two-point try, putting the Seminoles up 8-0, a lead they never relinquished.
Salem quickly struck again. Mitchell scampered 20 yards down the right sideline for his second score of the night with 7:14 left in the opening quarter, putting Salem up 15-0.
Madison County moved the ball to the Seminole 9-yard line on their next possession, but Eric Crawford caught a deflected Red Raider pass and streaked 90 yards down sideline for a touchdown, extending Salem's lead to 22-0.
The Red Raiders answered with their lone score of the night, when Staquavious Mark returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 22-7.
Salem answered with a touchdown before the half, with Gordon keeping the ball on a one-yard score with 26 seconds before intermission. Jahaad Coleman scored the final points of the night on a two-yard run with 6:14 to go in the third quarter.