Madison Central’s Defense Shines In Opening Season Win

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Coming into the season opener a lot of the talk was about the playmakers on offense the Indians returned from last season, well the defensive unit must have heard the talk as well and showed everyone why you shouldn’t sleep on them. Collins received the opening kickoff and couldn’t do much it with and was forced into a punt, on their first offensive possession the Indians fumbled the ball away giving Collins good field possession. The defense came back out on the field and held Collins to a three and out forcing them to a negative ten yards and a punt. Neither team could get any offense in the first quarter and it wasn’t until Senior Ethan Hahn broke a long 46 yard touchdown run with 4:31 left in the half we had our first score. Indians led 7-0 at the half.

The third quarter was much like the first with both teams trading the ball back and forth not getting any offense going. With 3:15 left in the third Nate Storie picks off a pass returning it 24 yards to the fourteen yard line. On top by a touchdown, in a game that was showing points at a premium, Indians were set to go up two scores when QB Derrick Miller broke to end zone but a Collins defender punched the ball out right before he could cross the goal line resulting in a fumble that went through the back of the end zone giving Collins the ball at the 20. Next play Joe Lucas completes an 80 yard pass to Mikalii Stoner to tie the game at 7. Collins comes out and attempts an onside kick that they recover and they appear to have momentum late in the third quarter. Next play they try to get fancy with a double reverse but the ball falls to the ground on the pitch and Madison Central jumps on it ending the threat. With 8:17 left in the fourth quarter Freddy Chenault scores from 2 yards out and Ethan Hahn coverts the two point conversion making it 15-7 Central. Chenault adds a 9 yard touchdown with 3:58 left to secure the win for Central as they win 23-7.

Defense stands out for Central as they hold Collins to 2 yards rushing on 23 attempts. They hold the 5th ranked team in 4A to only 116 yards of total offense. Indians force two turnovers, a fumble and interception, and only gave up 6 first downs with one of those coming by penalty. Jackson Juett had 4 tackles, 2 of those for a loss including a sack for a loss of 13 yards and he forced a fumble. Indian defense account for 2 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss, and 2 pass break-ups.

Offensively Central dominated as well. 18 first downs, 303 rushing yards, and 52 passing yards for a total of 355 yards. Derrick Miller went 4-11 through the air for 52 yards and he adds 76 yards on the ground. Chenault led the rushing attack with 151 yards and two touchdowns, Ethan Hahn with 82 yards on 7 carries for an 11.3 average, Joe Burton with 26 yards rushing. Hahn led the receivers with 2 catches for 32 yards, Blake Muntz and Cody Dillon each had a reception. Madison Central will stay home next week as they host Woodford County.