The Madison Bulldogs are one game away from something that hasn't been done since 2005.
With a win over the St. Thomas More Cavaliers in the semifinals of the Class 11A football playoffs on Nov. 4, the Bulldogs will be joining some elite company.
Madison would be making its fourth straight trip to the DakotaDome for the championship game.
This has not happened since 2005, when West Central qualified for its sixth straight championship game. Dell Rapids had a run of three years, from 2010-12.
It would be a huge accomplishment for the Bulldogs to get to their fourth straight championship game; with a win in the championship game, Madison would be the first back-to-back champion since Dell Rapids. The Quarriers won three straight championship games with the last one in 2012.
For the Bulldogs to make it in the elite company, they need to get past a long bus ride to Rapid City and then beat a very good St. Thomas More team.
Madison and St. Thomas More, for most of the season, were the 1-2 teams in the South Dakota Sportwriters Class 11A Poll. That was until Tea Area slipped past Madison 28-25.
Since that setback, Madison has whipped Milbank in the regular-season finale at Milbank and then in the first round of the playoffs.
Even though the ride is long and the Cavaliers are good, I have learned something very valuable in my five years here. Never count out the Bulldogs in anything.