All-Metro football Offensive Player of the Year: Brandon Madison, Gilman

The No. 8 Greyhounds were going as far as their senior running back could lead them this fall, and that was all the way to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final.

“He was the motor for our engine,” Gilman coach Tim Holley said. “The consummate player, teammate, coach on the field. He was our glue.”

Madison, 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, carried the ball 217 times for 1,265 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 430 yards and a touchdown. In the title game, a 44-7 loss to No. 1 St. Frances, he threw his only touchdown pass of the season, a 6-yard score.

“He’s just a dynamic playmaker,” McDonogh coach Dom Damico said. “He has the speed to break the 30-, 40-yard runs into touchdown runs, and so he has the skill set to finish the plays when he can. He runs hard, he catches the ball out of the backfield well. He’s versatile enough that they snap him the ball. ... I think he’s probably the best offensive weapon that we had to try to stop.”

Madison was selected for the Maryland Crab Bowl but will not play because he’s on the Greyhounds basketball team. He has offers from Navy, Army West Point and programs from the Ivy League and Patriot League, and plans to take several visits before making a decision.

“He was just outstanding,” Mount Saint Joseph coach Rich Holzer said. “In our scouting report, he was the entire focus of our defense. We could not let him break free. Gilman’s offense goes as he goes. If he has an explosive game, then Gilman’s offense is going to be tough to deal with. If you can keep him contained, you’ve got a shot to hold them to fewer points, but obviously that didn’t work out well for a lot of us.”

In a key game for the Greyhounds in qualifying for the A Conference playoffs, a year after they finished 1-5 in the conference, Madison ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns and had 111 receiving yards in a 76-58 loss to No. 5 Archbishop Spalding.

With those 58 points, the Greyhounds (5-7) earned the second seed in the four-team A Conference playoff on the final tiebreaker, which is most points scored in losses. The Greyhounds then defeated Calvert Hall, 42-24, in the semifinals as Madison ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

Early in the season, he ran for 118 yards and four touchdowns when the Greyhounds upset the Cardinals, 35-28.

He also scored what held up as the game-winning touchdown, a 3-yard run, in a 24-21 upset of McDonogh in the 102nd rivalry game. The Greyhounds needed that win to force a tie for second place in the A Conference with five 3-3 teams.

Madison also was dangerous as a return man, and he played cornerback at times.

“Clearly, our offensive strategy was to get the ball in his hands as much as we possibly could,” Holley said. “When he was a freshman and a sophomore, he was a receiver and he’s a very good receiver. His junior year, we moved him to tailback and he became a stellar tailback.

“Probably the biggest improvement between his junior and senior year was that he became more of power runner. He learned how to run through and break tackles. He has great open-field speed, so when he broke into the open field there was no doubt in our mind that it was going to be a touchdown. He had runs against everybody in our league that were big-time runs. He’s a competitor. He’s a gamer.”

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