Coming into the Doc Sipple Bowl the Indians of Madison Central were riding high, starting the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2016. That year the Indians started 3-0 and won 6 of the first seven. For the second straight year they matched up with Pulaski Southwestern in the Doc Sipple Bowl. Last season Southwestern won 24-15 and this season the Indians were looking to avenge that loss.
Both teams come into the game ranked in the top ten of their classes, Central 7th in class 6A and Southwestern #5 in 5A. Both teams score a lot of points and their defense’s are strong. Southwestern came in averaging 39 points a game on offense with the Indians averaging 31 per game. Both defenses are stingy allowing a touchdown or less through the first two games.
Kickoff was delayed nearly an hour and a half due to lightning in the area and once the game started Drew Sawyers got the game off to a lightning start taking the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to put the Warriors on top 6-0. Extra point was blocked by Ben Snapp. Southwestern added another score with 5:33 left in the quarter when Austin Barnes took a handoff in to make it 13-0. The rest of the half was back and forth with both defense’s forcing a turnover each. At the half score remained 13-0. Freddie Chenault was held to only 39 yards in the half on the ground, he came in averaging over 150 yards a game rushing.
Third quarter the Indians takes the opening possession and scores a touchdown when Chenault takes it in from 2 yards out to cut the Warriors lead in half making it 13-6. Derrick Miller playing his best came under center so far in the early season showed his ability to move the ball on the ground as he rushed for 58 yards through three-quarters while also being sufficient through the air completing 7-9 for 57 trough thee. With 2:34 left in the third quarter Sayers once again got a short touchdown run to extend the Warriors lead back to double digits making it 20-7. Indians were unable to get anything going in the fourth quarter and Sawyers sealed the game with his third touchdown of the night with a 1 yard TD and the final score ended 26-7.
For the Indians Miller led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 9 carries while going 10-16 for 79 yards under center. He did throw in one INT late in the game trying to make a play. Chenault with 56 yards and a touchdown and Ethan Hahn with 17 yards on the ground. Hahn also added 3 receptions for 25 yards. Ben Snapp with 3 catches for 34 yards, Blake Muntz adds 2 catches for 12 yards including a great one-handed grab, and Cody Dillon with a catch for 10 yards. Jackson Juett once again led the defense with 14 tackles, Ben Snapp forced 2 fumbles recovering 1 of those and blocking the extra point attempt. Snapp also with 6 tackles.
Indians are on the road once again next week as they return to Berea to play cross county rival Madison Southern. Since they renewed the rivalry playing each season since 2013 Madison Central has won the last three including a 37-13 win last year. The game can be see live on wbontv.com as the Game of the Week and can also be heard on the stations of Wallingford broadcasting Y 92.5 FM and 103.5 FM WKXO.