The weather is still warm but the calendar reads August which means it’s football season in central Kentucky once again. As has become tradition the Indians are hosting the Roy Kidd Bowl which will feature four of the top teams from across the state. All four teams playing this weekend received votes in the pre-season coaches polls.
Game one, scheduled for a 5:30 kickoff, features the Eagles of Madison Southern as they play Lexington Catholic. The Eagles are coming off a magical season which saw them play for a state championship for the first time in school history. They come in ranked number five in class 5A and the Knights of Lexington Catholic are ranked #5 in class 4A. Southern went 11-4 last year and lost a lot of valuable key players including RB/LB Carter Smith and QB Landon Stacy. Between those two players alone they lose 2500 rushing yards. Stacy was the quarterback and threw for twenty one scores. After losing so much talent from a season ago many may be tempted to write off Madison Southern but they return almost their entire offensive line along with returning receivers Zeke Benton,Clay Tinsley and tight end Seth Shepard. Tobias Storm looks to take over quarterback duties this season moving over from the wide receiver. On defense Alex Knuckles returns after a great sophomore season in which he had 123 tackles, 75 solo, and picked off two passes. Jordan Casteel returns to the defensive backfield after a school record ten interceptions. Their opponent in game one are coming off a 7-6 season which saw them lose to Boyle County in the regional final. They are led by Junior QB Beau Allen who passed for 2800 yards and 33 touchdowns. Allen has interest from some division one schools including Kentucky. He will have top target Nathan Schnurr back who had 871 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Game two will see the host Madison Central play the pre-season number four team in class 4A Collins. Madison Central comes in as the 16th rated team in class 6A. The Indians are getting no respect pre-season but they return a load of offense and defensive playmakers from last year. Gone from last year is Gavin Hullburg who rushed for 860 yards and 9 scores. Returning this season will be starting quarterback Derrick Miller who passed for 860 yards and ten touchdowns. Joining him in the backfield will be Senior Ethan Hahn and Senior Freddy Chenault. The two combined for 1200 rushing yards last season. The Indians return a three receivers from last year, Hahn caught 20 balls for 550 yards and 7 TD, Senior Antwaun Warford caught 21 passes for 305 yards and 4 scores. One of the biggest targets for Miller this season could be senior tight end Blake Muntz. Muntz faced multiple double teams last year but caught 12 balls for 135 yards. He is garnering a lot of interest from colleges. On defense the Indians return Jackson Juett and his 97 tackles along with Ben Snapp who had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Indians were second last year in district play and should be a favorite to win it this season.
The Roy Kidd Bowl begins at 5:30 and if you can’t make it out you can watch both games live on wbontv.com or the wbontv Roku channel. Both games will also be available over the radio on Y92.5 FM and 103.5 WKXO FM.