Article By Dawson Rule
The Madison County high school football teams keep rolling forward. Madison Central stands tall while Madison Southern and Berea are fighting for wins and playoff positions come next month.
The 6-1 Indians keep finding ways to win tough games, knocking off district foe Oldham County who now has their one loss at the hands of the Indians.
Madison Central sophomore running back Kenyatta Hardge was out against Oldham with an injury, so the Indians stepped it up in the running game in his absence going for 400 yards total as a team, while having zero passing yards.
Hagan Harrison has finally settled into his spot as the new Indians Quarterback. The transfer from Montgomery County was responsible for 113 yards of Central’s rushing attack on Friday night. With the win, The Indians come one step closer to winning the district title, only having Clark County and Bryan Station ahead. Pending a win against Clark County on Friday, The Indians would face Bryan Station at home on October 22nd for a winner takes all game and a top five 6A matchup which would place football fan around the state of Kentucky on notice.
Down in Berea on a chilly night, state powerhouse Woodford County ran the score up on Madison Southern last week to the tune of 56-20. The Eagles now sit at 1-2 in district play with a middle of the road West Jessamine team waiting for them in Nicholasville on Friday Night. With Woodford slated to win the district, the Eagles look to take 2nd place and gain a higher placement for the playoffs come November. Injuries have hit Southern hard as Running Back Walter Smith was ruled out for the rest of the season with his leg injury earlier this week.
With the season winding down, the Eagles will have to fight and claw their way for each win to set themselves up for a run into the 5A playoffs.
Down the road, neighboring Berea was struck by Covid again as last week’s game against Kentucky Country Day was cancelled and resulted in a loss for the Pirates. With an away game this week at Eminence High, the Pirates will be fighting for a district win which could spark some life and energy into the team who has struggled with playing inconsistently all season.
The Pirates sit in the middle of the road of the 1A standings with only three games remaining. Eminence boasts a 5-2 record this season which will give Berea all they can handle on Friday in Northern Kentucky.
With all of the county teams on the road this week and all of them returning to play at home next week, pulling out a win this Friday night could catapult the county teams into huge matchups for district and playoff spots next week with their home crowds behind them.