Article by Dawson Rule
When Mike Holcomb came to Richmond from Breathitt County Kentucky, he brought years of winning and a hint of Gritty Eastern Kentucky football with him. Now Holcomb leads his revamped 4-1 Madison Central Indians Football Team against an unfamiliar opponent, from Eastern Kentucky.
The Pikeville Panthers from Pikeville, Kentucky march into Richmond on Friday night boasting a 5-1 record and a top-ranking, being tied for number one in the Kentucky 1A standings. Both teams share a common similarity this season in the fact that their only loss this season comes in close games against the Undefeated Lexington Christian Academy Eagles. The Indians will have their hands full against Pikeville who has had major success year in and year out under coach Chris Mcnamee. The Indians begin District play against a top 6A district opponent in Oldham County High next week, but the Indians need to take care of business against a good team in Pikeville at home this week which will be a true test of how good Madison Central can be this year. After only winning two games in the past two seasons, Madison Central has already doubled their win total in only 5 games thus far this season.
The new-look Madison Central Team has caught the attention of not only Richmond football fans, but High School football fans all over Central Kentucky. Madison Central is currently ranked 9th in the 6A state rankings. With homecoming festivities happening at Madison Central this week, the Pikeville game adds even more high-pressure stakes for the remaining season for the Indians. Being able to pull off a statement win against Pikeville High will catapult Madison Central into district play were 5-0 Oldham County and 4-1 Bryan Station await to compete for the 8th District Title. In past years, Madison Centrals opponents haven’t reached into the 606 area code all that often, but with Coach Holcomb at the helm, expect Madison Central to add more Eastern Kentucky teams to the schedule.
With the Indians having their first taste at a grittier EKY style of football on Friday night, expect an exciting game in Tomahawk Valley for Homecoming in Richmond that will mark the halfway point of the Indians Football season.