One More Game

Donald Foster
Wallingford Broadcasting
One More Game
Every young man plays football in the backyard dreaming of winning the super bowl or scoring the game winning touchdown in the big game. This Saturday the Madison Southern Eagles players have the opportunity to live out that dream as they play Covington Catholic in the 5A state championship game Saturday night under the lights at Kroger field in Lexington.
The Eagles (11-3) reached the championship game in dramatic fashion by defeating Harlan County 27-20 Friday night. The game started with both teams filling each other out until Harlan County was able to get a field goal to take a 3-0 after one quarter. The second quarter started quick for the Eagles as QB Landon Stacy score a TD on the ground and the Eagles took a 7-3 lead. Quinton Mickens scored on a 3 yard TD run to put the Black Bears on top 10-7. Carter Smith answered that touchdown run with a 2 yard run to put Southern on top 13-10. An offsides penalty on the PAT attempt moved the ball to the 1 1/2 yard line so the Eagles decided to go for a 2 point conversion attempt. The Bears hold on the attempt and the halftime score is 13-10 Eagles on top.
The second half begins with both teams holding their opponents on 4th down. With 2:05 left in the 3rd Harlan County gets it’s 2nd field goal to tie the game at 13. The 3rd quarter ends with a Landon Stacy interception and on the following play Tyrese Simmons fumbles on the 64 yard line and puts Harlan County back on top 20-13.
The fourth quarter was back and forth until late when Carter Smith crosses the goal line for a 1 yard touchdown to tie the game at 20 with 3:21 left in regulation. The Eagles force a 3 and out and get the ball back but with 1:59 left. Stacy fumbles an option pitch intended for Smith and the Black Bears appear heading for victory. Harlan County get in the red zone but Sophomore Alex Knuckles forces Mickens to fumble with 1:18 left and the Eagles take over deep in their own territory. Two big plays move the ball across midfield and Carter Smith, like he has for the past 2 seasons, puts the team on his back and carries defenders 27 yards for the game winning score.
The final Madison Southern 27 Harlan 20. Carter Smith with 150 yards on the ground scored 3 touchdowns. Landon Stacy had 73 yards rushing and a score. He was 10-12 through the air for 63 yards and a pick. Nate Eads with 27 yards rushing and 5 catches for 29 yards.
Now the attention moves to one of the best teams in Kentucky. Covington Catholic (14-0). Catholic is led by Mr. Football candidate A.J. Mayer who has passed for 2777 yards with 31 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. He has also scored 11 touchdowns on the ground. Running back Casey McGinness leads the offense on the ground with 1368 yards and 22 touchdowns. And if that wasn’t enough offensive power Malachi Pike adds 40 receptions for 646 yard and 9 touchdowns and Jack Coldiron has 28 receptions for 683 yard and 11 scores. The last time Madison Southern and Covington Catholic met was in the 2015 playoffs at Southern with Catholic getting the 28-7 win.
This will be the seventh trip to the finals for Covington Catholic, they are a perfect 6-0 in championship games with their last championship coming in 2006. Cov Cath averages 45 points per game while only allowing 7 points per game. They are a well balanced offensive team averaging 218 rushing yards and 200 passing yards a game. They allow only 107 yards on the ground to their opponents and less than 100 passing yards a game.
Madison Southern is making their first ever trip to the finals. Coach Jon Clark has rebuilt a team that had roughly 18 players when he took over to the state championship. Clark is 49-33 while at Madison Southern with a 9-5 playoff record. The Eagles average 33 points per game while allowing 20 points a game. They average 228 yards on the ground while passing for 130 yards game. Defensively the Eagles allow 166 yards on the ground and 102 through the air. They will have their hands full with Mayer and Mcginness.
Now that you’ve seen the numbers and why the Eagles are such a heavy under dog I ask what the Eagles have all season long, “Why not us?” Any team playing in December is playing for a simple reason, they are great teams. No one can get lucky to get to the finals. This game is the ultimate David VS Goliath matchup, and we all know how that ended. There will be no video from WBONTV this game but you hear all the action on the stations of Wallingford Broadcasting 103.5 WKXO FM and 106.7 FM the Dog. Join the Eagles broadcast team of Donald Foster and Mike Gerdwagon as they will joined by Michael Watkins to bring you the action starting 30 minutes before kickoff. Be sure to come out to Kroger field to support the Eagles but if you can’t we have you covered on your local stations, GO EAGLES! WHY NOT US?

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