For Madaris, a win over the Middies meant his Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller teammates are one step closer to reaching their team goal. When it was over, Moeller came away with a 42-30 victory.
"We went out and played our hardest," said Madaris. "Whoever wins this next game (St. Xavier – Colerain) I just hope they are ready.
This season found Moeller playing one of the hardest prep schedules in the country. After starting 7-0, Moeller dropped their final three regular season games against Indianpolis (IN) Cathedral, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, and Louisville (KY) Trinity before rebounding in a week one playoff win over Sycamore 31-21.
What has helped Moeller to get back on track and in their win over Middletown on Saturday?
"We've learned not to let adversity kill us," said Madaris. "Tonight we went in at halftime and coach told us to keep focused and we did."
When asked about how things are going with recruiting, Madaris was quick to push the question aside.
"Right now nothing has changed," said Madaris. "My focus and our teams focus is to win state and that is all."
Madaris and Moeller will battle Great Catholic League rival St. Xaiver next Saturday night with the winner being one step closer to reaching the state finals.