Madison Southern entered the game with the Indians riding a ten game home field winning streak, the last loss the Eagles had on their home field was November 11, 2017 in the second round of the playoffs to North Bulitt 54-41. The last regular season loss…Madison Central on October 28th, 2017 28-14. Last week at home Madison Southern picked up their first win of the season over Bourbon County while the Indians suffered their first loss of the year of the year to Southwestern.
In the loss to Southwestern the Indians had a pair of turnovers and Friday night it was the Indian defense who forced the first turnover when Tobias Storm was fighting for extra yards and loss the ball near the 30 yard line, 3 plays later Freddy Chenault had a 4 yard TD run and Ethan Hahn added a two point conversion to put Central up 8-0. Eagles though take the next possession down the field on a 10 play 80 yard drive capped by an Alex Knuckles 3 yard TD run, Isiah Buttry with the two point conversion to tie the game at 8. 4:26 left in the opening quarter and Chenault with his second touchdown of the game, this one a 9 yard run to make it 14-8 after a quarter. Midway through the second quarter Chenault once again scores, his 3rd touchdown and Indians lead 21-8. Southern answers back with a 12 play drive going 79 yards capped once again by Alex Knuckles to make it 21-15 with :51 seconds left. Indians don’t sit on the ball and go 63 yards in only :31 seconds and score on a pretty pass from Derrick Miller to Ben Snapp for a 34 yard score. At the half Indians were on top 28-15. Stats from the 1st half showed the Eagles with two turnovers while the Indians had no turnovers, total offense Indians led 244 to 147. Chenault with 93 rushing yard and three touchdowns for Central.
Second half saw both teams go back and forth until late in the 3rd quarter when Derrick Miller ran in a touchdown from 11 yards out to extend the Indians lead to 34-15. With 4:27 left in the game Chenault adds his 4th and final TD of the night and a couple of minutes later Deashon Gowdy picks off Storm and returns it 42 yards to the end zone to make the final score 47-15. Indians defense stepped up huge holding the Eagles to 194 yards of total offense. After being held to 133 rushing yards in the loss last week Indians break out for 296 rushing yards and have 400 yards of total offense. For the first time this season Madison Central does not turnover the ball while they force Southern into four turnovers. Perhaps the most telling stat of the night was Southern was only 2 for 11 on third downs, they were 4 of 5 on 4th down attempts.
For Madison Southern Tobias Storm led the way with 70 rushing yards and passing for 80 yards, Alex Knuckles with 38 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns, Isiah Buttry with 16 yards rushing. Knuckles led the receiving crew with 2 catches and 34 yards, Seth Shepherd with a pair of receptions and 33 yards. Clay Tinsley and Jordan Casteel with a catch each. Cody Blair led the Eagles with 10 tackles, Levi Benton adds 8 tackles.
For Madison Central Freddy Chenault rushes for 163 yards and 4 touchdowns, Ethan Hahn with 92 yards on only 8 carries, Derrick Miller with 26 rushing yards and a TD, and Joe Burton adds 10 rushing yards. Miller passes for 104 yards and a score with Blake Muntz leading the receivers with 5 catches for 60 yards, Chenault with 2 receptions for 13 yards, Ben Snapp one catch but it was 34 yard TD, and Zach Holbrook with a catch. Defensively Jackson Juett once again leads the way with 10 tackles, Nate Storie and Bennie Hurt with 6 tackles each.
Next week Madison Central returns home for the WBONTV game of the week as #4 Frederick Douglas rolls into Richmond for one the biggest games in 6A. Madison Southern goes on the road to #4 Southwestern for possibly their toughest game of the season. The Indians can be seen on wbontv.com and heard on Y92.5 with the pregame starting at 7:10. Madison Southern can be heard on WKXO 103.5 and 1500 AM with the pregame starting at 7:10 and kickoff at 7:30 for both games.