For the eighth time in its last 16 games, Trotwood-Madison held an opponent to less than nine points.
The Rams’ defense stymied Springfield (0-1) in a 42-8 win on Friday.
Ryan Reese and Verondtae Wilkinson gave the team the surge it needed on the defensive line, and everyone behind them finished off Wildcats runners and receivers all evening long.
It took the Trotwood-Madison (1-0) offense a while to get going after a scoreless first quarter.
DeShawn Gay finished with touchdowns via a run and reception. Starting sophomore quarterback Messiah DeWeaver, who sat out preseason scrimmages with a broken finger on his throwing hand, had a 57-yard scoring strike to Gay.
Weaver’s backup and classmate Anthony Kyles threw two touchdown passes, replacing Weaver in the second half. After sitting out the first stanza, Ashton Jackson popped a 34-yard blast up the middle for six points on his second carry of 2013.
Trotwood-Madison faces its biggest rival, Wayne, which smoked Gahanna Lincoln in its opener. The Warriors scored 61 unanswered points in a 2½ quarter span in that affair.
Springfield heads to Barnitz Stadium to take on Middletown (0-1). The Middies will be out for blood after a close loss to Elder in a game they let slip through their fingers.