The Richmond Register

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November 9, 2012

H.S. FOOTBALL: Central set for trip to No. 1 Trinity

RICHMOND — In the locker room following last week’s first-round playoff win over DuPont Manual, the Indians adopted a new battle cry.

“Why not us?”

Considering the challenge they are a set to face, it seemed only fitting.

“That’s the attitude you better go up there with,” Madison Central coach Bert Browne said of his team’s trip to No. 1 Trinity today. “They are pretty good. We get the chance to play a team that was won a bunch of state championships. We just need to let it hang lose and get after them.”

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Harry Jansing Field at Marshall Stadium.

Trinity (9-1) is one of the premier high school football teams in the state. The Shamrocks have won a record 22 state titles, including six in the past seven years, and haven’t lost to an in-state team since 2009.

Trinity is a powerhouse.

And the Indians (7-4) know that.

They will be the heavy, heavy underdogs and the coaching staff has tried to prepare the players for the task at hand with a realistic approach.

“They are beatable,” Browne said. “But, every one of our kids is going to have to play the best game that they’ve ever played. We are going to have to get some turnovers and we can’t turn it over. That’s the way we see it.”

Central won its first playoff game in four years last week. The Indians got a touchdown run from Dominique Hawkins and TD catches from Sam Jones and Ken-Jah Bosley during the 40-21 win over Manual.

Central had a 20-point lead after Bosley scored early in the second half, but the Crimsons battled back. Back-to-back scores got Manual with six points (27-21), but the Indians scored the final 13 points of the game.

Central also got a defensive touchdown and a special teams TD.

The Indians haven’t had any problems putting points on the board recently. They have scored 36 or more points in six of their past seven games and they’ve scored 40 or more points six times this year.

With weapons like Hawkins and Bosley, the Indians believe they can move the ball against Trinity.

But, Trinity has allowed only 48 points this season against four in-state opponents.

“I think we can take advantage of some things they do defensively,” Browne said. “We might fake a punt here and there and see what happens, but we are going to try to move our athletes around and try to create some mismatches.”

Central senior Cameron Hatchett is not expected to play after taking a hard hit last week.

The winner moves on to take on either St. Xavier or Male next week. Central has not advanced to the third round of the playoffs since 2004.

Trinity moved into the second round last week with a 56-7 win at home over Clark County.

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