By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The first two months of the season have been extremely difficult for Madison Central.
With a banged-up lineup made up of mostly sophomores and freshmen, the Indians have taken their lumps against a schedule that features some of the state’s best teams.
Central (1-6) has just one win and a handful of moral victories to its credit heading into today’s matchup with Tates Creek (7:30 p.m.) in Lexington.
“It’s like I was saying the other day, you find out a lot more about yourself when you are losing then when you are winning,” Central coach Bert Browne said. “Our kids have been very, very resilient.”
Those losses don’t matter now.
The Indians know that regardless of the outcome of the final three games of the season, that they will make the Class 6A Playoffs.
But, the outcome of those games — all against district opponents — will determine their postseason positioning.
Following today’s trip to Creek (4-3), Central has home games with Lafayette and Clark County.
“Everybody is 0-0 right now,” Browne said. “It doesn’t matter if you are 7-0, now you are 0-0. That’s the great thing about district play being so late in the year. Everyone is even right now.”
The Indians have had to deal with an unbelievable amount of injuries so far this season.
But, they finally are getting some players healthy.
Tight end Sam Jones and quarterback Kameron Presnell are expected back this week. Will Nash and Joe Sallee were originally thought to be out for the season, but could be back this week or next.
Central has lost five-straight, including last week’s 41-21 loss to undefeated Henry Clay (6-0) at home.
The Commodores opened the season with three-straight wins (Dunbar, Moore and Perry County Central). They have lost three of their four games since, including two straight.
Creek suffered a 42-32 loss to Bryan Station, then fell to Dixie Heights, 40-6, last week.
Led by quarterback Graham Gordon, the Commodores are averaging more than 27 points a game. Gordon has completed 104-of-162 pass attempts for 1,402 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Graham has plenty of targets. Creek has five receivers with more than 100 yards on the season, including Tavon Dunn (27 catches, 379 yards, four TDs), R.J. Taylor (27 catches, 371 yards, six TDs) and Jaren Shelby (17 catches, 202 yards and three touchdowns).
“They try to sling it all over the place and we have some different things we are going to try to do to them,” Browne said.
Casey Grimes is the Commodores’ leading rusher with 430 yards and five touchdowns.
Eamon Nasr has 61 tackles to lead the Creek defense.
Central has won two straight against the Commodores. The Indians won 45-38 last year in Richmond and 39-14 in 2011 in Lexington.
“We are going to have to go play and hopefully we can bring home a victory,” Browne said.