By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central coach Bert Browne told his team earlier this week that to have any chance of defeating top-ranked Trinity every player would have to play the best game of his life.
Browne knew the margin for error was just that small.
The Indians simply couldn’t produce that kind of superhuman effort on Friday in Louisville. Trinity (10-1) found the end zone four times in the first quarter and hammered Madison Central, 62-8, in the second round of the Class 6A Playoffs.
The Shamrocks advance to the regional final to face cross-town rival St. Xavier.
Central’s season ends with a 7-5 record.
The Indians’ only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when senior receiver Ken-Jah Bosley caught a 13-yard pass from Hunter Stocker.
Trinity has won a record 22 state titles, including six in the past seven years, and hasn’t lost to an in-state team since 2009.
The defending Class 6A state champs took control almost immediately, scoring on the second play from scrimmage on a 21-yard run by Dalyn Dawkins just 28 seconds into the game.
Thaddeus Kazunas caught a 4-yard TD pass with 6:20 left in the first quarter, Cody Swabek hauled in a 17-yard pass two minutes later and James Quick caught a 43-yard TD pass with 1:53 left in the period to put the Shamrocks up 28-0.
Three second-quarter touchdowns, one on a punt return and another on an interception return, pushed the lead to 49-0.
Central had just two first downs in the first half and had -35 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
The Indians got on the board late in the fourth quarter by sacking Trinity quarterback Blake Boughey in the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to 56-2.
Central’s only scoring drive started in the third quarter and took more than five minutes off the clock. Stocker hit Bosley on a 23-yard pass, then connected with Tucker Fair on a 16-yard pass. Johan Williams had a 10-yard run before Bosley caught his final TD pass of the season.
Central finished with just 130 yards of total offense, including -6 rushing. Bosley caught five passes for 117 yards and senior running back Dominique Hawkins had -7 yards rushing on nine carries.