Coming into the Doc Sipple Bowl, the home opener for the Eagles, they were 0-2 for the first time since 2015. This marks the second ranked team in three weeks that Madison Southern would face, Bourbon came in ranked 9th in class 3A, but ask the Eagle coaching staff and they would rather play great teams early to get the team ready for district play later in the season.
The game with Bourbon County got started later than expected with game one of the night being delayed due to lightning in the area. Opening possession wet to the Colonels and they controlled the clock taking a 14 play opening drive going 77 yards and eating 8:24 of clock when Camarr Myers took it 7 yards on the ground to put Bourbon up 7-0. On he ensuing kickoff Clay Tinsley took the ball at the 8 yard line and 92 yards later we are tied at 7! Defense steps up holding Bourbon County giving Southern the ball on offense for the first time. Quarterback Tobais Storm takes the ball 54 yards on the ground and Alex Knuckles takes it the final 6 yards to put Southern on top 14-7. Eagles have the ball for only 43 seconds in the quarter. Second quarter Bourbon controls clock once again but the Eagle defense was unfazed. Despite playing on defense for 19 minutes in the first half Eagles hold Myers, who came in to the game averaging 215 yards rushing per game, to only 26 yards. Quarterback Jake Broughton started 5-5 passing but finished the first half 6-9 for 84 yards. When Southern does have the ball on offense they find the end zone, Isiah Buttry with a 4 yard run with 2:33 left in the half making it 21-7 at halftime. Storm had 102 rushing yards at half on two carries, Knuckles with 26 yards on the ground and a TD and Buttry with a TD.
Third quarter the Eagles receive the opening kickoff and staying true to form this game score quickly going 56 yards on 3 plays taking only 1:12 when Knuckles gets his second TD of the night from 5 yards out making it 28-7. With 5:18 left in the third Tobias Storm with a 34 yard TD run making it 34-7 after the PAT failed. Through three-quarters Storm with 175 rushing yards on 4 carries. Eagles haven’t had to pass but Storm was 3-6 through the air after three. Before the period ends though Bourbon gets on the board with 13 seconds left when Dylan Kirk goes 1 yard to cut the Eagle lead 34-13. Next possession Eagles answer the Colonel touchdown with another one of their own when Buttry gets his second TD from 5 yards making it 41-13. Back-up quarterback Walt Smith comes in and with 8:14 left in the game scores the final touchdown of the night from 5 yards out on the ground making the final score 48-13.
Strom leads all rushers with 177 yards on 4 carries and score a TD, Knuckles with 82 yards and a pair of scores, Buttry also adds two Td’s and 39 yards rushing, Cameron Holbrook came in late and picked up good yardage on the ground adding 34 yards on 4 attempts. Storm completes 3-8 passing for 22 yards with Smith going 1-2 for 8 yards. Seth Shepherd ends with 2 receptions for 15 yards and Zeke Benton and Johan Farnstrom with a catch each. Clay Bunch with another good game defensively with 13 tackles, Knuckles with 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, Cody Blair with 10 tackles as well. TJ Estes with 7 tackles and 1.5 TFL.
Eagles stay home next week as Madison Central will take the short trip up from Richmond the annual rivalry match-up. The two teams have met regularly since 2013 with Southern winning the first two games but since 2015 the Indians have dominated the series going 3-0 including a 37-13 win in Richmond last year. The Eagles will be looking to not only even their season record next week but will be looking to snap the losing streak in the series.
Next week’s game will be the WBONTV.com game of the week and can be seen live on WBONtv.com and heard on Y92.5 FM and 103.5FM WKXO. Pregame show starting at 7:10