Article by Dawson Rule
The weather’s already begun taking the winter dip in Central Kentucky. The leaves are falling and the sky is getting darker, meaning -flipping on the Friday night lights a little earlier from here on out.
It’s playoff Football time in the state of Kentucky. Win or go home is being echoed through the walls of High School locker rooms all across the state this week regardless of the team or their record. Everyone is now (0-0) and the goal is five straight wins for a state championship.
For the trio of county teams this Friday night the same sentiment must be established; Win or you are done.
Madison Central, Madison Southern, and Berea are all playing huge 1st round games on Friday, with only one of those teams securing home field advantage.
The Indians of Madison Central have a 2nd date with Oldham County who they previously beat this season to the tune of 31-15 up in northwestern Kentucky. The Oldham Colonels look to come into Richmond and do exactly what Central did to them, except with a bit sweeter result.
Beating them in the playoffs and sending them home for good.
Both of these teams are new district rivals and are playing for not only bragging rights for a year, but also one spot closer to the Kroger Field state championship lights in December.
1st year Central head coach Mike Holcomb knows a thing or two about winning football championships in Kentucky, having won three at Breathitt County.
The Indians and Colonels will kickoff at 7:30 in Richmond at Tomahawk Valley.
As for our teams down I-75 they will be travelling into enemy territory for their respective 1st round games.
Madison Southern head coach Jon Clark announced his resignation from the position last week and will be leaving Southern after the conclusion of this season with the Eagles. Arematch awaits the Eagles, just a more daunting one this time. The Eagles travel to Woodford County who is having a historic season. The Yellowjackets are 10-0 and demolished Southern in Berea back in October (56-20). Southern will have to pull every trick in the book to pull off this upset in the 5A first round, but crazier things have happened in football.
With Clark coaching his potential final game at the helm for the Eagles, we could see some trickery straight out of the Southern playbook to try and knock off Woodford.
A new head coach will be named later in the school year.
Down the road at Berea High, players will be loading their jerseys and pads onto a school bus as they are slated to travel to play at Kentucky Country Day in Louisville.
The first time they “played” this year resulted in a loss for Berea. They did not actually play due to a covid outbreak on the
Pirate’s squad, resulting in a forfeit loss for Berea.
This time the underdog Pirates will get a chance to put the state on notice by going into KCD high and pulling off what would be a historic win in Berea’s history.
With First year head coach Frank Parks and his coaching staff heading into their biggest
game so far, they will look to make a statement by winning and thus helping build Berea into a 1A contender. The Pirates are (4-6) on the year and trending towards the middle of the pack in their 1A division.
Survive and Advance, and most importantly, make a run to win state.
Berea will kick off at 7:00 PM, while Southern and Central kick off at 7:30 PM.