This past weekend saw the end of the regular season for high school football and some big wins for the local college teams. College Basketball got underway and the Colonels soccer team advanced to the semi-finals of the OVC tournament.
Friday night the Indians of Madison Central went to Lexington and loss to Bryan Station in the final regular season game of the year. Indians fell 41-21 in a game that saw Freddy Chenault once again top the 100 yard rushing mark with 124 yards and a TD. Ethan Hahn scored twice in the loss. Central (7-3) host Seneca (0-10) Friday night in opening round action of the playoffs. The Eagles of Madison Southern (2-8) hosted Wayne County in a game they dropped 68-29. In the loss quarterback Tobias Storm is suffered an injury to his hand and SR Jordan Casteel came in and played quarterback for the first time this season. For playing the position for the first time he played well. Storm had 80 yards rushing and scored twice before leaving the game. Cameron Holbrook and Alex Knuckles both topped the 100 yard rushing mark in the game. Southern will be on the road at Highlands (8-2) this Friday night. Estill County hosted Lexington Christian and they fell 44-14 to one of the top teams in the state. Engineers used their rushed for 258 yards led by Ty Niece and Justin Stamper who had 80 yards rushing each. Estill County (4-6) travels to Bell County (9-1) Friday night for opening round action of the playoffs. Berea Community went on the road to Jelico TN and shut out the home team 18-0 to win for the 1st time in 43 games. Congratulations to the Pirates! They had elected before the season to not participate in the postseason.
Saturday the Colonels were looking to get back on the winning track as they hosted Eastern Illinois. EKU (4-4 3-2) relieved their offensive coordinator earlier in the week, Colonels were 2nd to last in offense in the OVC, and were looking to get the passing game going in this one early. Austin Scott got the start and passed for 104 yards and a score but his receiver’s dropped some passes early. Colonels found themselves trailing entering the 4th quarter Jaelin Carter caught a 18 yard touchdown pass from Alphonso Howard and Carter added a 5 yard TD run to help secure the victory. Senior LJ Scott had a career high 151 yards rushing. Colonels on the road this weekend as they travel to Austin Peay (4-4 2-3). EKU is looking for their 600th career win, when they get the victory Eastern Kentucky will become only the 20th program in FCS to accomplish the feat.
Kentucky (7-1 5-1) entered the game at Missouri ranked 12th in the nation but they found themselves the underdog by more than a touchdown. It appeared the “experts” knew what they were doing with the Cats down 14-3 entering the 4th quarter until Lynn Bowden JR returned a Tiger punt 67 yards with just over 5 minutes left. Cats get the ball back late and aided by a defensive pass interference call as time expired in the end zone Kentucky has one last play with no time on the clock and instead of going to their Heisman Candidate they trust their quarterback Terry Wilson and he delivers a 2 yard strike to tight end CJ Conrad and the Cats complete the impossible comeback to win 15-14. With the win they set up a quasi championship game for the SEC East as they host Georgia (7-1 5-1).
In other sports new from the weekend EKU Soccer secured a spot in the semi-finals of the OVC with a victory over SIEU Edwardsville in overtime to set up a match with the top seeded UT Martin Skyhawks on Friday. The EKU Men’s Cross Country team won their 13th consecutive conference title and James Sugira was named OVC Male Cross Country Runner of the Year and was also named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. The Eastern Kentucky University men’s cross-country team is now the top-ranked team in the NCAA Southeast Region, per the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released on Monday. The Lady Colonels won their 12th OVC Championship in 13 years. Sitting at No. 3 in the Southeast Region, the EKU women are ranked ahead of the likes of Virginia Tech (No. 4), Duke (No. 5), Wake Forest (No. 6), Virginia (No. 8), Kentucky (No. 9), Clemson (No. 10) and North Carolina (No. 11).
In middle school football news the Caudill 7th grade team won the State Championship 30-6 over McCracken County. The team is coached by former Dunbar and East Jessamine Head Coach David Hensley. Hensley is also a former Madison Central assistant coach. The Spartans finished the season a perfect 17-0 record. The team has only lost one game in the past three seasons. The Spartans got three touchdowns from tailback Brady Hensley and a touchdown from fullback Kenyatta Hardge in the win.