By Dawson Rule
It’s a big night in Berea on Friday as both the Berea Pirates and the Madison Southern Eagles have homecoming. With Madison Central having the week off, the spotlight heads down I-75 as two teams separated by less than a mile will both have big homecoming games they need to win. Berea (2-3) hosts nearby 3A Jackson County High school (1-3) at home after suffering a tough loss last week on the road at Pineville high. The Jackson County Generals have had some tough COVID forfeits this season bringing their record to 1-3 but they secured their first win last week against Jenkins High. Berea’s schedule only gets tougher after this week as the Pirates have Kentucky Country Day, Eminence, Frankfort, and Jellico TN left on their schedule. This week’s game against Jackson County on homecoming could set the tone for the tail end of the season for Berea as first-year head coach Frank Parks looks to begin building a new era of football for the Pirates.
Meanwhile, only a stone’s throw down the road, The Madison Southern Eagles (1-4) face Collins high school (3-1) in a game that Eagles faithful would love to be able to steal. Collins suffered a loss to Spencer County back on September 10th, but besides that, the Titans of Collins have looked red hot offensively, scoring at least 42+ points in each of their wins this year. Southern on the other hand is struggling to find another win on their record as their team has been hit hard with covid and covid losses. With Veteran head coach Jon Clark at the helm, he looks to lead his team on a mid-season surge with a homecoming win. The schedule certainly does not get any easier as undefeated Woodford county is one of many solid teams left on the schedule for the Eagles. Madison Southern is coming off a tough road loss at Pulaski county to the tune of 41-14, and has just had a hand of bad luck this season with a combination of covid and a tough schedule.
With homecoming happening and both Berea teams desperately needing a win this week, it’s going to be a huge night of football down in Berea, Kentucky on the 24th. Make sure to go out and support your local teams and high school Alma Maters. Both games plan to kick off at 7:30 at their respective home stadiums and homecoming festivities look to begin at halftime.